Chargers 2010 Mock Draft 1.0

In our first Chargers mock draft of 2010, BOLTHYPE predicts the Chargers will place a heavy emphasis on the defensive line and running backs, spending four of their six total draft picks on those positions.

1st Round: DT Jared Odrick, Penn State

Dan Williams will likely be gone by the Chargers pick at 28, so they'll turn to another D-line prospect to help them. As one of the most dominant players in the Big Ten, Jared Odrick projects perfectly as a 5-technique in the Chargers' 3-4 defense. Odrick has elite size and strength, a great motor, and has shown he can make plays behind the line of scrimmage. The Chargers have struggled finding starters along the D-line, but Odrick could help change that.

2nd Round: RB Montario Hardesty, Tennessee

Assuming concerns about durability are put to rest, Hardesty presents an intriguing package of size and speed. A bigger running back with room to grow, Hardesty runs with conviction. The type of player who coaches will love, Hardesty would be an immediate contributor.

3rd Round: CB Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest

Bradon Ghee was once regarded as a potential high draft pick, but his draft stock has been in flux after he failed to live up to expectations as a senior. Ghee's stock took another slight hit during Senior Bowl week, but he has elite measurables and lots of experience. He certainly has talent, but will need to stay focused to get the most out it.

4th Round: DT Cam Thomas, North Carolina

Certainly not a guy whose numbers jump off the stat sheet, Thomas projects as a prototype nose guard in the 3-4 defense. He'll be asked to be stout against the run, hold his own against double teams, and generally clog the middle as the linebackers make the plays. Could play in a rotation for a year and potentially take over for Jamal Williams down the road.

5th Round: RB Joique Bell, Wayne State

A big fish in a small pound, Bell was dominant at small school Wayne State, twice gaining over two thousand yards in a season. The Division II College Football Player of the Year, Bell has a great blend of size and speed and has also displayed exceptional hands when catching the ball downfield. Bell's numerous student-athlete awards speaks to good intangibles.

7th Round: OT Sam Young, Notre Dame

Sam Young is a big, physical right tackle that comes from a pro style offense. Young has blocked for touted college QBs in Brady Quinn and Jimmy Clausen. His school record 50 career starts will score him high marks with AJ Smith and staff. Could compete for and potentially win the starting right tackle job early.


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Anonymous said... Mar 1, 2010, 12:30:00 AM

i say with the 1st pick,either Ryan Matthews or Jonathan Dwyer!!!!!!!!!!!
running back is a must for us and these guys sound legit.

Anonymous said... Mar 1, 2010, 8:03:00 AM

i say a RB then a DT

Paulos said... Mar 1, 2010, 8:55:00 AM

Hey Rob, do you think they've given up on Vaughn Martin to play end already? Otherwise, i don't understand the Odrick pick... Do you also think Terrence Cody will be gone? Because our problems on the line seem to start and end at NT and Dan Williams and Cody are the only guys who could be available at 28.

Jeff said... Mar 1, 2010, 9:20:00 AM

i hear we're going to trade cromartie to the lions for the 2nd overall pick. that'll give us the chance to pick up a great DT and then pick up matthews, spiller, or dwyer, or gerhart, or blount...there's alotta good big backs this year.

Rob Zepeda said... Mar 1, 2010, 9:27:00 AM

@Paulos I still think Martin is a ways away in his developmental into a starter. I think he can contribute this season, but I don't know that he is ready to play extended periods of time. There's also the question of whether or not he will eventually become a nose guard. Either way, I think we still need to be patient, and we would still need young D-linemen on the roster.

I'm uncomfortable taking Cody at 28 but I don't think he drops to us at 61. I think he could go at the top of round two. Also a factor is Jamal Williams, who could return fresher and better than we've seen him in a while. But certainly nose guard is a concern.

Anonymous said... Mar 1, 2010, 11:32:00 AM

I like a DT in the 1st. Cody worries me because of his problem controlling his weight. The Chargers trade Cromartie to the Ravens for McHafee. Than work something out for Detroit's #2 pick, they are happy to trade down for the right price. They don't like the ideal paying a #2 pick the amount of money that position will comand. So we trade up to #2 get Williams, 2nd round: Gerhart RB. With McHafee & Gerhart the Chargers will be set at RB. 3rd pick goes to Detroit for moving up in round 1.

Rob Zepeda said... Mar 1, 2010, 11:39:00 AM

Guys, I don't think the Chargers are trying to get Detriots #2 overall pick...I think it's their SECOND ROUND pick that is being discussed.

Jeff Williams said... Mar 1, 2010, 12:25:00 PM

And getting Detroit's 2nd round pick is still a reach. A 3rd (or worse) is far more likely. Everyone knows we don't want Cro back, so they aren't going to give us much for him.

Jay said... Mar 1, 2010, 1:11:00 PM

that report i saw earlier said the talks are Cromartie for Maurice Morris & 3rd or 4th rd pick.

Jeff Williams said... Mar 1, 2010, 3:16:00 PM

Morris and a 3rd is a deal. Morris and a 4th? Man, I don't know that I pull the trigger unless I'm getting a 3rd.

Paulos said... Mar 1, 2010, 3:28:00 PM

Maurice Morris and a 4th or 5th sounds like a HUGE ripoff to me... Morris is already 30 and I know he hasn't had much wear and tear but he's 30 none the less. We're going to give them a 3 year starter at CB for an 8 year backup RB and a 4th round pick? no way. I know Cro's crappy but come on we might as well trade the guy for a 5th round pick and a toaster.

richie said... Mar 1, 2010, 5:45:00 PM

people there is NO WAY the bolts are getting the second overall pick from the lions its the second round pick. and anonymous, are you talking about willis mcgahee??? because before you start talking like you know stuff you should know that there is no McHafee on the ravens.and just how do you suppose the chargers "work something out" for the lions #2

Anonymous said... Mar 2, 2010, 9:05:00 AM

Thomas Jones of the Jets (RB) just released!!!! His salary needs area bargain compared to LT, he had a solid year and would compliment our Team well. I like the opportunity to capture him along with a solid draft pick...what do you all think????

Anonymous said... Mar 2, 2010, 2:54:00 PM

Everyone is waiting for the Chargers to release Cromartie. It seems that way. Why trade for a player that will be released. Only thing I can think of is that Cromartie when,and if is released He will want to play for a winning team not a losing team,such as the Lions. Since he trying to play like PrimeTime he proably want to sign with the Cowboys. What do Chargers get if he is released?

Anonymous said... Mar 2, 2010, 9:02:00 PM

I dont see us getting thomas jones unless thomas jones is willing to take less to play with the bolts.

It would make absolutely no sense to release Cromartie. He can play, has added value as a return guy, and has a relatively low salary. If we release him we get nothing. If he leaves after 2010, we would possibly get a compensatory draft pick in the following years draft. I personally think the chargers won't trade him agressively because they made need cro as a returner if Sproles signs with another team.


Anonymous said... Mar 2, 2010, 11:19:00 PM

draft Drafting RB then NT then OT, then OLB

Anonymous said... Mar 3, 2010, 6:34:00 AM

The Order Should Be: GM, Coach, DT, RB, OLB, RB,............. While we're at it we should draught some new beer at the Murph and make it cheaper for cryin out loud. Honestly, AJ Smith will have another touchy-feely draft as per usual. Maybe he'll get lucky....maybe not. Either way, our team will go and win the Superbowl in the near damn future. I am going to watch the Bolts win a Superbowl before I push up daises, I am here to say!

Billy said... Mar 3, 2010, 8:47:00 AM

Wow, great job, Rob. Appropriately addresses the Charger's needs and seems just like the kind of draft A.J. would do. Just curious about the running backs - in taking Montario Hardesty, are you taking into account Matthews, Best, Dewyer, and Gearhart already having been taken off the board? Or is there something in Hardesty you prefer over the rest?

Rob Zepeda said... Mar 3, 2010, 10:05:00 AM

@Billy, I think Hardesty is the best scheme fit for the Chargers. He has good hands, can hold his own in blitz pick-up and runs hard between the tackles. I think there are question marks about the RBs you listed but Hardesty is a guy who I think has upside and presents great value in the second round

Anonymous said... Mar 3, 2010, 12:54:00 PM

Resign Sproles and keep Cromartie.
Lighting 72

Anonymous said... Mar 3, 2010, 12:56:00 PM

Resign Cromartie and work some long term deal with sproles. He's only 24

Anonymous said... Mar 3, 2010, 12:57:00 PM

Keep Cromartie and resign Sproles... Young proven players
Lighting 72

Anonymous said... Mar 3, 2010, 1:04:00 PM

I dont see Travis Johnson making noticeable contributions in the 2010 season. He injured his hamstring start of season. TJ needs to work his tail off and gain some respect here in SD. Chargers have gambled in bringing you in. Castillo should be reevaluated.

SDC51 said... Mar 3, 2010, 7:46:00 PM

round 1 - DT Cody, round 2 - RB Dixon, Hardesty, Blount, or Gerhart, round 3 - OT Young, round 4 - S Chancellor, round 6 - NT C. Thomas, round 7 - WR Meier and DT - B. Robinson. Forget about Detroit's pick, forget about RB's Morris/McGahee/T. Jones, and let's hope they bring back Cromartie and Sproles. Go Chargers!!!

Anonymous said... Mar 4, 2010, 6:43:00 AM

I don't care who they bring in.....ii trust and believe in a..j......

kscanacorn said... Mar 4, 2010, 11:49:00 PM

Hope Joigue Bell is around for us...6'1, 223, 4.43/40, Harlon Hill Trophy winner and he's been a class guy his whole college career. He could be just what we need to replace one of the classiest guys ever to wear Lightning Bolts...#21.

LDUTheCoach said... Mar 5, 2010, 8:28:00 AM

Mic'd Up Interview with Vaughn Martin.. talks NFL, freestyles, you know how it it

Anonymous said... Apr 20, 2010, 11:08:00 PM

I say they take the best player on the board. Id rather they take mayes or a top notch secondary player first then nt,rt,rb and then jacoby ford to replace sproles when he gets traded this week.

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