Chargers 2012 Draft: Be The GM

Draft day prognosticating is a favorite past time of most NFL football followers, and Chargers fans are no exception. The difficult thing about predicting what a particular team might do on draft day is that's it's nearly impossible to predict what the preceding 17 teams (in the case of the Chargers) will do first. Who the Chargers select at #18 in the first round is largely dependent on who is available when their time on the clock rolls around.

To help put the 18th pick in context, we bring you the 2012 edition of "Be The GM" for the Chargers draft. Over the next 8 weeks leading up to the NFL draft we will use different mock drafts to provide us with scenarios for picks 1-17, then ask you to determine who the Chargers should select at #18. After making your choice for the Chargers' first round pick, feel free to throw out any interesting trade scenarios as well.

Our first 2012 draft scenario comes from Walter Cherepinsky of Walt's site is a personal favorite of mine for draft day analysis and he puts a lot of thought into his mock draft, which is updated frequently.

Here are the first 17 picks; check them out and then Be The GM by leaving your Chargers selection in the comments below!

1. Colts: Andrew Luck/QB
2. Browns: Robert Griffin/QB (trade)
3. Vikings: Matt Khalil/OT
4. Rams: Justin Blackmon/WR (trade)
5. Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne/CB
6. Redskins: Riley Reiff/OT
7. Jaguars: Melvin Ingram/DE
8. Dolphins: Quinton Coples/DE
9. Panthers: Dontari Poe/DT
10. Bills: Courtney Upshaw/DE
11. Chiefs: Jonathan Martin/OT
12. Seahawks: Luke Kuechly/ILB
13. Cardinals: David DeCastro/OG
14. Cowboys: Janoris Jenkins/CB
15. Eagles: Michael Floyd/WR
16. Jets: Trent Richardson/RB
17. Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick/CB
18. Chargers: ???

I have been steady in my desire to see an impact player selected with the Chargers' first round pick. The best defensive players on the board include DE/OLB Nick Perry (Walt's pick for the Chargers at #18), DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus, ILB Dont'a Hightower, and S Mark Barron.

Even with their obvious defensive needs, recent events could have the Chargers going offense. OT Mike Adams and OG Cordy Glenn could both fill big holes on the offensive line.

In this scenario I have the Chargers sticking to their pre-draft inclination to fix the defense. With the 18th pick in this 2012 NFL Draft I would select Whitney Mercilus. He is athletic enough to fill the OLB position in a 3-4 and has enough size to wreak havoc at the line of scrimmage.

That's my pick- what's yours? Sound off in the comments section now and Be The GM!

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March 4, 2012

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