Heck, call it a hunch. Sometimes there are just certain draft prospects that make more sense than others in blue and gold. Projecting recent Charger drafts have been nearly impossible due to the obscurity of 1st round names. By ignoring given player grades, combine numbers, and expert mock drafts…Let’s take a look at players who fit the Chargers current schemes.
Coupled with current areas of need, AJ Smith’s subjectivity is what ultimately contributes to each selection. BOLTHYPE has conjured up a list of lesser known prospects that make sense. Don’t be surprised if you see a couple of the below names in a Chargers uniform come opening kickoff of 2012 (Positions selected by current needs):
OLB: Josh Kaddu, 6-3 240 | Oregon | Projected Round 3-4
As an Oregon fan, Kaddu is undoubtedly a raw talent. He is a lean athlete that draws freakish athlete comparisons to current Seahawk Julian Peterson. What Kaddu can do is get after the quarterback by being faster and quicker than the offensive lineman in front of him. Aside from Antwan Barnes, the Chargers need to add a speed OLB, who can cover and play in passing downs. He is definitely an every down project that could pay huge sack dividends in spot duty as a rookie. Josh Kaddu Prospect Profile
OG/OT: Ryan Miller, 6-7 321 | Colorado | Projected Round 6-7
Obviously has the size you look for in a guard. Miller was a lone bright spot on an abysmal Colorado offense. As Tyronne Greene steps into the starting role, a player like Ryan Miller who as the versatility and feet to play tackle would be a solid depth addition. Balanced player who can both run and pass block and should definitely compete as a starter down the line. Ryan Miller Prospect Profile
Strong Safety: Brandon Taylor, 5-11 209 | LSU | Projected Round 3
An undersized, savvy safety...sound familiar? Don't think Taylor lacks the hitting ability that former safety Steve Gregory did. Taylor reminds us of a more talented and fluid Kevin Ellison. As the feared LSU's secondary's leader, he experienced top end competition in the SEC and was overshadowed by the play of his corners. Although Weddle is clearly the leader in of the Charger's back end. Taylor is the kind of physical playmaker to compliment Weddle. Brandon Taylor Prospect Profile
Defensive End: Billy Winn, 6-4 298 | Boise State | Projected Round 2-3
Winn , a former high school wrestler and power lifter fits the mold as a young 3-4 defensive end. Powerful enough to draw Olshansky comparisons, but played with more explosion and pace for a disciplined Boise State defense ranked in the Top 5 his Senior year. Will be a legitimate 2 down run stopper and could surprise as a pass rusher with development. Billy Winn Prospect Profile
Running Back: Chris Rainey, 5-8 180 | Florida | Projected Round 4
Sproles clone, would have added value in return game as well, but we all know the Chargers are not short of options there after this off season. A scat back with BLAZING speed who was productive at Florida. Screen weapon as well. Need a player like him to add other dimension. Chris Rainy Prospect Profile
Defensive Tackle: Hebron Fangupo, 6-1 323 | BYU | Projected Round 5
3-4 defensive tackle in college, that provides the body type and power you look for in the system. Has unique body type and size that is a need for teams like the Chargers. Does have injury concerns, but is worth the risk later in the draft to help out in the trenches. Hebron Fangupo Prospect Profile
WR: Jeff Fuller Texas A&M, Fights for the ball with good natural size. Potential starter down the line. Going to be a steal for whoever takes a shot.
ILB: Vonteze Burfict Arizona State, Stock dropping into final day, originally a first round talent. Well worth the risk.
TE: Josh Chichester Louisville, Huge Receiving tight end, may be an undrafted free agent option.
Do you see other prospects that might be a nice fit with this current Charger's coaching staff?
Labels: NFL Draft 2012
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