The 2015 NFL draft is here. Fans everywhere are as curious as ever to find out which players their favorite teams will be selecting. Charger fans are no different, as they know this year means so much in what will be the third year of general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Mike McCoy at the helm in San Diego.
Although the Chargers have needs at multiple positions, the team can fill most of their voids in today’s draft. Telesco has added a good amount of quality starters in his two years as the general manager of the Bolts. Fans can look for him to have another strong draft, adding players that supplement the roster in a way that gives you all something to be proud of over the next few days.
Without further ado, here is my mock draft for your San Diego Chargers.
Generally, I am against drafting a running back in the first round. That being said, Gurley, in my opinion, is the best prospect in the 2015 draft class. He is the total package, a combination of speed and power that provides the Chargers with the best running back they have had since LaDainian Tomlinson. He is also a capable receiver out of the backfield, making him the most complete running back prospect to be drafted since Adrian Peterson went number seven overall to the Vikings. Gurley is the real deal, and worth being selected with the 17th pick.
Though I would like to see a right tackle being selected in today’s draft, allowing DJ Fluker to move inside to guard, Tomlinson would be too difficult to pass on in the second round. The addition of Tomlinson would give the Chargers one of the bigger offensive lines in the NFL. Despite playing at a non-football powerhouse like Duke, his skill-set translates well to the NFL level.
WR TYLER LOCKETT
To put it quite simply, I have a man-crush on Lockett. It could be argued that he is the best route runner in the entire draft. Despite his lack of height, he high points the ball, attacking it at its highest point. Lockett possesses both speed and quickness coupled with solid hands. His return ability also makes him enticing in the third round. The only problem regarding the selection of Lockett is that he may not last until the third round. Regardless of where he is drafted, I believe he is the steal of the 2015 draft class.
QB SEAN MANNION
Mannion is one of my favorite prospects in the quarterback group this season. Despite seeing his numbers go down as a senior at Oregon State, as a junior he was one of the best quarterbacks in all of college football. He has great touch on the ball, accurately finding receivers regardless of the route. I’m not sure why he hasn’t been given more attention throughout the draft process. Sitting behind Philip Rivers for three to four years would enable Mannion to succeed as the eventual replacement for Rivers.
FS GEROD HOLLIMAN
Holliman is a very underrated player in this year’s draft. He shows solid coverage skills while holding his own against the run. Having a year or two to soak in the knowledge that Eric Weddle imparts would certainly benefit Holliman. With Weddle showing him the ropes, Holliman could take the reins once every Charger fans favorite free safety decides to hang them up. In the short-term, Holliman could see time in sub-packages and on special teams.
OLB GENEO GRISSOM
When looking over the Chargers’ roster, it became glaringly clear that the linebacker position, both inside and outside, is in need of the infusion of some young talent. Grissom met with the Chargers during this offseason. His collegiate numbers don’t suggest that he will be more than depth in the NFL, and that’s exactly what the Bolts would add at this point. Solid against the run with good size and tackling ability, Grissom could be an asset as a weak-side linebacker.
Well, there you have it. Thanks for your patience while waiting for this mock to be posted. Now is the time, mere hours before the first round begins, to tear the “you know what” out of my selections. You can do so by leaving your thoughts in the comment section below.
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