In our continuing Be The GM Series, today we move to the Chargers' second round draft pick (number 50 overall). The mock draft from WalterFootball.com will again guide us into the second round. I like Walter's mock draft because I think it accurately reflects a run on defensive players in the first round, and also identifies Muhammad Wilkerson as the Chargers' first round pick.
So we can enter Wilkerson at defensive end on the board as the Chargers first round pick and move on to see what happens into the second round. (Note: To predict the Chargers pick at #50, we have to know which other 49 players are no longer available. Understandably, that is a long list, as seen below. Feel free to scroll down to the bottom of the list to see which top-ranked players are available for the Chargers).
1. Carolina Panthers: Blaine Gabbert QB
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus DT
3. Buffalo Bills: Cam Newton QB
4. Cincinatti Bengals: AJ Green WR
5. Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller DE/OLB
6. Cleveland Browns: Patrick Peterson CB
7. San Francisco 49ers: Prince Amukamara CB
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley DT
9. Dallas Cowboys: JJ Watt DE
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones WR
11. Houston Texans: Robert Quinn DE/OLB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Da'Quan Bowers DE
13. Detroit Lions: Tyron Smith OT
14. St Louis Rams: Aldon Smith DE
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan DE
17. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan DE
18. San Diego Chargers: MUHAMMAD WILKERSON DE
19. New York Giants: Anthony Castonzo OT
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn DE
21. Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor NT
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder OT
23: Philadelphia Eagles: Gabe Carimi OT
24. New Orleans Saints: Brooks Reed DE
25. Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Smith CB
26. Baltimore Ravens: Derek Sherrod OT
27. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Houston DE
28. New England Patriots: Mike Pouncey G
29. Chicago Bears: Corey Liuget DT
30. New York Jets: Akeem Ayers DE/OLB
31: Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams CB/FS
32: Green Bay Packers: Cameron Heyward DE
33. New England Patriots: Mikel Leshoure RB
34. Buffalo Bills: Kyle Rudolph TE
35. Cincinatti Bengals: Christian Ponder QB
36. Denver Broncos: Benjamin Ijalana OT
37. Cleveland Browns: Torrey Smith WR
38. Arizona Cardinals: Marcus Cannon G
39. Tennessee Titans: Ryan Mallett QB
40. Dallas Cowboys: Brandon Harris CB
41. Washington Redskins: Andy Dalton QB
42. Houston Texans: Stephan Paea NT
43. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker QB
44. Detroit Lions: Martez Wilson ILB
45. San Francisco 49ers: Colin Kaepernick QB
46. Denver Broncos: Ryan Williams RB
47. St. Louis Rams: Leonard Hankerson WR
48. Oakland Raiders: Stefen Wisniewski C/G
49. Jacksonville Jaguars: Rahim Moore FS
50. San Diego Chargers: ???
With the Chargers on the clock in the 2nd round, we know a few things based on this draft scenario. First, the Chargers have filled a huge need at defensive end with the selection of Wilkerson. This leaves the Chargers with, arguably, needs at inside/outside linebacker, safety, wide receiver, and offensive tackle.
We also know that some good players are off the board, including ILB Wilson, FS Moore, and CB Harris. But as you move deeper into the draft, the talent level becomes less distinguishable. There are a lot of great options and many directions in which the Chargers can go. Wide receiver Jon Baldwin, Walter's prediction for the Chargers, is probably the best receiver on the board. I prefer to further solidify the Bolts defense, so S Tyler Sash, CB Davon House, OLB's Bruce Carter, Mason Foster, or Sam Acho could all be solid picks. Other possibilities include WR Leonard Hankerson, G/OT Orlando Franklin, or DE Christian Ballard if you are looking to build depth in the defensive line rotation.
If I'm the GM, I like OLB Bruce Carter here for the Chargers. He is very athletic and played extremely well on both defense and special teams for the Tarheels. If you are the GM, who are you selecting at #50 for the Chargers? Sound off below and join in the conversation.
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