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San Diego Chargers Draft Preview

Posted on: April 19, 2011 8:12 pm


   2010 record: 9-7, second place AFC West 

2011 draft rundown

   Seven total picks (round): 18 (1), 50 (2), 61 (2), 82 (3), 89 (3), 183 (6), 201 (6), 234 (7)

Top needs:

   Defensive End: Jacques Cesaire and Travis Johnson are only adequate, plus could be free agents.

   Linebacker: Stephen Cooper and/or Kevin Burnett won't be back, Donald Butler can only play one spot, and there hasn't been much production across from Shaun Phillips.

   Safety: The team can't depend on signee Bob Sanders to stay healthy, and Eric Weddle may be the next free agent unwilling to work with GM A.J. Smith.

   Running Back: If Darren Sproles doesn't return, a complementary running back to Ryan Matthews is needed.

   Wide Receiver: The team put the franchise tag on Vincent Jackson, and Malcom Floyd flashed in 2010, and Patrick Crayton did not light the world on fire before his wrist injury.

 First round focus

  18th overall

  --In the middle of the first round the Chargers won't have their pick of the elite prospects in the draft, but have a chance to pick a rising star. Free agency may take a toll on the team's front seven, which didn't perform to expectations in 2010; finding a young, athletic five-technique end or linebacker seems a reasonable place for General Manager A.J. Smith to start. Though receiver and safety are also team needs, the value at those positions may not match the value of their selection.

 Five names on Chargers' board
  --DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
  --OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA
  --DT Corey Liuget, Illinois
  --OLB Aldon Smith, Missouri
  --OLB Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh

--Contributed by Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

Category: NFL Draft

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 4:25 pm

San Diego Chargers Draft Preview

Well, Aldon Smith if he's there. He well might not be. Liguet also, if he's there. He should be, but you never know. I dont see them taking Ayers. Its a little high for Sheard. They could get lucky and have a JJ Watt fall though......and I think SD will go with whoever drops to them.  Watt or Jordan or Smith or Liguet or even a Heyword. If a D-lineman is there, thats the pick.  If the top guys get picked early, and they might, then I think San Diego will look for a solid defender at any position. Maybe even a Brandon harris.

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