Predicting The Chargers Draft: Be The GM, Part III

In part three of our continuing Be The GM series, we look at the mock draft of a man synonymous with the NFL draft, none other than Mel Kiper. Love him or hate him, his passion for the NFL draft is second to none. Here are his projections:

01. Carolina Panthers: Blaine Gabbert QB
02. Denver Broncos: Nick Fairley DT
03. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Darius DE
04. Cincinnati Bengals: Cam Newton QB
05. Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller OLB
06. Cleveland Browns: AJ Green WR
07. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson CB
08. Tennessee Titans: Da’Quan Bowers DE
09. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara CB
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones WR
11. Houston Texans: JJ Watt DE
12. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Quinn DE
13. Detroit Lions: Tyron Smith OT
14. St Louis Rams: Corey Lugiet DT
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Aldon Smith OLB
17. New England Patriots: Ryan Kerrigan DE
18. San Diego Chargers: ???

A lot of football fans like to knock Kiper’s mock draft each year because of the number of inaccurate predictions (and really, who is accurate in a mock draft), but there is still something to be gained from reviewing his list. He may not nail every selection for every team. Heck, he may not nail any selections for any team. But he does a pretty good job of grouping players based on where they will go, which is a process that the Chargers are using in their own draft preparation.

Kiper’s first nine picks listed (Gabbert, Fairley, Darius, Newton, Miller, Green, Peterson, Bowers, Amukamara) are almost guaranteed to be the first nine players selected in the draft, regardless of the exact order in which they come off the board. The next four players listed (Jones, Watt, Quinn, T. Smith) are very likely to be part of the next group of players taken before the Chargers selection at #18. As GM, you can cross all of these players off the list for the Chargers, unless you are willing to trade up.

At pick 14 things begin to get interesting for Chargers fans. The Rams, Jaguars, and Patriots will all be trying to fill their own needs on defense, potentially grabbing the difference maker that the Chargers desperately need. Kiper believes Lugiet, A. Smith, and Kerrigan (along with running back Ingram) will be gone when the Chargers pick, leaving them with Cameron Jordan (Kiper’s pick for the Bolts), Akeem Ayers, Cameron Heyward, Muhammad Wilkerson, a number of solid offensive line candidates, or some unknown player AJ Smith has fallen in love with. Personally I like Jordan here as well, but I could see the Chargers going in a number of directions.

Luckily today, there is no AJ Smith. You are the GM, and you are on the clock. Do you agree with Kiper’s selection of Cameron Jordan at pick #18? Or do you see the Chargers going in a different direction? Comment below with the name of the player you are picking, and let us know if you have an interesting trade proposal.

March 28, 2011

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jjamesnaz said... Mar 28, 2011, 8:15:00 AM

Cameron Jordan would be a no-brainer here. He fills our biggest need and he's a great player. If either Watt or Jordan is left, one of them has to be the pick

Tony C said... Mar 28, 2011, 5:40:00 PM

Jordan, Watt or Kerrigen would bet great fits for SD. If Jordan there at 18 you take him.

isaac said... Mar 29, 2011, 2:12:00 AM

Jordan Cameron would wasily be the guy in this scenario he a DE and he compliments Garay very well since garay takes all the double teams i could see Jordan Cameron and Castillo being elite pass rushing DE which is rare for 3-4 linemen.

boltfan said... Mar 29, 2011, 7:25:00 AM

Jordan is a no brainer, but I want to trade back. Perhaps Jets, Bears, or Colts will want to trade up for their 1st and 2nd.

jjamesnaz said... Mar 29, 2011, 11:08:00 AM

I would much rather have Jordan, if he's available than to move back and get somebody who isn't as good. And we already have the Jets 2nd round pick

Jeff Williams said... Mar 30, 2011, 8:05:00 AM

I agree that Jordan is the pick, and I think he's worth selecting rather than trading back in the draft. You could sell me on moving back a few spots if you know Wilkerson will be there, but Jordan is a guy who can immediately improve your defense.

If the Chargers stay at #18, I'm not sold on trading back into the first round. You're going to give up a lot to get up there.

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