Top 20 Prospects For The San Diego Chargers



There is no doubt that Matt Stafford and his cannon of an arm is the best pro prospect in the 2009 NFL Draft class. He'll likely go number one overall to the Detroit Lions who desperately need a franchise quarterback. Conversely, the San Diego Chargers already have their elite signal caller and will likely not even consider drafting a QB in the first round. In fact, the only positions the Chargers would consider drafting with the 16th overall pick are Offensive Tackle, Defensive Tackle, Defensive End, Linebacker, Wide Receiver, Defensive Back, and Running Back. With that in mind, we've ranked the top 20 overall players who we think would be excellent fits for the San Diego Chargers:

Updated: 04/16/2009


01. OT Jason Smith
Smith has emerged as the draft's best lineman, displaying excellent athleticism, attitude, and work ethic. A true 5-star prospect.
02. LB Aaron Curry
The Bolts desperately need another impact linebacker and Curry is a playmaker on defense.
03. OT Eugene Monroe
The definition of an elite left tackle; Monroe would pair with Marcus McNeil as bookends to the Chargers offensive line.
04. WR Michael Crabtree
Crabtree is arguably the best pro prospect in the entire draft. Chris Chambers and Vincent Jackson will be free agents in 2010.
05. DB Malcolm Jenkins
Jenkins reminds many people of Quentin Jammer; he can play both cornerback or safety.
06. LB Rey Maualuga
Impact linebacker who can change the game with his playmaking abilities; the next Junior Seau?
07. OT Michael Oher
Talented but flakey at times, Oher could turn into an excellent right tackle for the Bolts.
08. DT BJ Raji
Dominant defensive tackle with excellent pass rushing abilities.
09. OT Andre Smith
Absolute mauler in the run game, but recent character concerns have dropped his stock.
10. RB Chris Wells
A powerful and bruising running back, Wells could be the "thunder" to LT's "lightning."
11. LB Brian Orakpo
Supreme pass rusher who would offer the team some protection if/when Merriman leaves.
12. DB Louis Delmas
Playmaking safety who flies to the ball. Would add aggressiveness and intimidation to the secondary.
13. LB Everette Brown
Brown terrorized the vaunted ACC's offensive linemen for years.
14. LB Larry English
An absolute terror off the edge who is skyrocketing up draft boards.
15. WR Jeremy Maclin
Receiver slash return man who has home-run speed and is incredible after the catch.
16. OT Eben Britton
Very athletic for his size, Britton has all the tools to play tackle in the pros.
17. LB Brian Cushing
Freakish athlete who could play any of the linebacker positions for the Bolts.
18. RB Knowshon Moreno
Moreno is a well-rounded running back prospect who could be a dynamic weapon in Norv Turner's offense.
19. DE Tyson Jackson
Perhaps the best 3-4 defensive end prospect in the draft, Jackson could fill Olshanksy's void.
20. TE Brandon Pettigrew
The Chargers have almost no depth at tight end and Brandon Manumaleuna is playing his last season in San Diego.

February 13, 2009

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19 comments:

ReverseThong said... Feb 14, 2009, 12:37:00 AM

I want Ron Brace in a trade down.

Terry said... Feb 14, 2009, 1:00:00 AM

My pick is to get a monster MLB. We also need a safety after that we can work on the O-Line. This team is a perfect draft away from the big time. I have complete faith in AJ Smith. Restructure LT, Franchise Sproles for a year and we'll see what happens. I'll take LT on 1 1/2 legs over most backs in this league anyday. Signing Floyd is a smart move as we are begining to provide Rivers with the ammo he needs. After the super bowl you will see the league going to the big speedy wideouts because thats the way the league does it. We have two real good ones and one could maybe be great. Davis is at the time to step up or step out.

Anonymous said... Feb 14, 2009, 4:32:00 PM

Much of this list is preposterous. Listing Wells but not Knowshon is simply wrong. Listing the first 5-6 guys is simply stupid because there is no way they end up anywhere near where the Chargers are drafting at 16. Makes no sense. I guess reality is not necessary when doing a list like this. Why not just trade for Tom Brady to back up Rivers? while we are at it, let's get A.Peterson at RB and Hutchinson at G for Olshansky straight up. This is a dream list but has no root in reality in a lot of areas. Shameful.
The Rake

Rob Zepeda said... Feb 15, 2009, 12:21:00 AM

@Rake

I think Moreno is a good player but I wouldn't take him until the end of round one. I ranked the top 20 players in this draft who would have a place on this team, both scheme-wise and need-wise.

And neither of us know where these players will be picked, but that is not going to stop me (or the Chargers for that matter) from ranking them. Essentially the team will cross the players of their list as they are picked and take the highest ranked available player. It's not that complicated a concept really.

I have no idea what the Adrian Peterson/Tom Brady stuff even means...

Anonymous said... Feb 15, 2009, 6:54:00 AM

"I have no idea what the Adrian Peterson/Tom Brady stuff even means..."

That's called sarcasm.

Anonymous said... Feb 16, 2009, 7:06:00 PM

Cushing is a steroid user...I'd like the Chargers to get away from drafting players that use roids.

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2009, 6:43:00 PM

The Broncos showed tremendously well that any RB can be good if you have excellent O Linemen and a good system. If AJ can find a OT he likes, that will be his pick.

Anonymous said... Feb 21, 2009, 10:42:00 PM

If the following are available at #16, the choice must be (in order of preference):

1. Ray Maualuga
2. Any of the top 4 OT's (A. Smith, J. Smith, Monroe, or Oher)
3. James Laurinaitis
4. Knowshon Moreno

My guess is the OT's and Maualuga will be gone, and it will come down to Larinaitis or Moreno, and I am leaning slightly to Laurinaitis. If none of the above are available, I hope they then trade down and pick up a 2nd rounder.

Arcadio said... Feb 24, 2009, 6:21:00 PM

Y opuld u consider even draftin a rb, we should do about 3 or 4 years from now, cuz lets face our defense sucks, we put up points but we simply couldnt stop people, if we need anything offensivly it would be OT,but our needs are Defensive end to replace Olshansky, ILB to take matt wilhelm's spot, or safety so we could have way better pass defense, and why does everybody these days always talk about draftin something that u already have a good player at, like everybody's sayin d-tackle, whats wrong with Jamal Williams

devil said... Feb 25, 2009, 3:13:00 AM

Not sure how good the offense will be without a running threat. Defense if good we need unity........same players maybe more pass rush

Anonymous said... Feb 25, 2009, 10:00:00 PM

To the guy who has Maualuga higher then the 4 OTs on your draft board, you know nothing about football and Maualuga is no Curry or Willis to warrant being above those OTs. I like Maualuga but I hate idiotic comments. Arcadio they're talks about drafting a NT cause you should look at Jamal Williams age and his knees.

Anonymous said... Mar 2, 2009, 6:06:00 PM

the chargers need a good MLB and Maualuga is the guy

Anonymous said... Mar 2, 2009, 9:21:00 PM

WANT TO INCREASE CHARGER TIX SALES? 1ST. FIRE AJ, 2ND GET BIG REY ON THE DEFENSE,3RD JR SEAU MAY BE 1 STEP BEHIND ALL OF THE JUICER'S IN THE CHARGER LINEBACKER LINE UP. BUT CAN GET THE JOB DONE, LET THE MAN RETIRE AS A CHARGER. AND I GURANTEE YOU WILL SEE SOME BIG ACTION ON THE INSIDE LINEBACKER OF THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS.....

NOT JUICEBACKERS! OH, MY BAD, DID I SAY COOPER/MERRIMEN.....

LAST THE NFL SHOULD PISS TEST AJ FOR MAKING SOME STUPID PICKS.....

Anonymous said... Mar 4, 2009, 12:03:00 AM

Maualuga is a freakin bust.

Get over him Trojan fans!!!!

Anonymous said... Mar 4, 2009, 4:47:00 PM

I say we draft Brian Cushing in the first round and play him as a MLB. He is a fucking beast and could change our defense completely right from the start. Most 'experts' say he can fit very well as a MLB in a 3-4 D.

Anonymous said... Mar 5, 2009, 10:53:00 AM

Maualuga is the hardset hitting player in this draft and one of my favorites. i say we pick em at 16,if he is hopefully available. other than that, the Chargers don't need a DT right now, especially at pick 16!

Anonymous said... Mar 11, 2009, 5:52:00 PM

Chargers need a right tackle or defensive end and shouldnt draft someone in any other position with the 16th pick.

rafeefatoohi said... Mar 23, 2009, 3:21:00 AM

We need a great guy like db/safty jenkins, has anyone thought of that, mauluga is a hard hitting beast but just a really hard hitter, missing some tackles, a little risky... fix the secondary and let them roll to the superbowl, forget about selling tix, thats not that big of a broblem... imagine jenkins 1rst, then great O.T, second, then go for L.B...

Anonymous said... Apr 23, 2009, 9:32:00 AM

I'm sure glad A.J. makes the picks in real life. Some of the suggestions are so irritatingly stupid that I feel as though my brain has been used as toilet paper to wipe all the ass.

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