Today is the day as the NFL Draft kicks off tonight in Arlington, Texas. I would be remiss if I didn’t provide everyone with my one-and-only Los Angeles Chargers seven-round mock draft.
Though mock drafts tend to be useless fodder that we all use to fill some of the time during the NFL off-season, they’re fun.
So, relax your nipples and bring the heat in the comments section. I am sure many of you will VERY MUCH dislike my mock draft for the 2018 Los Angeles Chargers. And that is part of the reason why I’m doing it.
Los Angeles Chargers:
Rd. 1 Pick 15
*Trade with the Cardinals*
QB Lamar Jackson Louisville 6-foot-3, 215 pounds
The Chargers trade their first-round choice (No. 17 overall), a fourth-round selection this year, along with wide receiver Travis Benjamin to Arizona. The Cardinals lost speedster and wideout John Brown to the Baltimore Ravens in the off-season. Adding Benjamin to the fold allows for the possibility of replacing the former deep-threat in Brown. The Bolts knew they had to get ahead of Baltimore to secure the services of the best quarterback in the 2018 NFL draft class. Philip Rivers will be better in the long-run due to this pick, as well; there is NOTHING like competition to fuel the fire which creates winning football; and Rivers is VERY MUCH aware of the fact that a signal caller could be taken early.
Rd. 2 Pick 48
DL Maurice Hurst Michigan 6-foot-1, 282 pounds
Due to a heart condition, the best interior defensive lineman in the draft will fall into the laps of the Los Angeles Chargers. Though Hurst was NOT required to be retested for said conditions during what is considered the “medical retesting time” for NFL clubs, the buzz around the league is that organizations are still concerned. Fine. I don’t feel it necessary to justify this pick at all, as Hurst was dominant on all three downs. For those of you who don’t know, that is rare for an interior defensive lineman. I have spoken ad nauseam that Hurst is superior to everyone else’s favorite, Vita Vea, despite being “undersized,” per many evaluations. And that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Keep on reading, folks.
Rd. 3 Pick 84
LB Uchenna Nwosu USC 6-foot-2, 251 pounds
This uber-talented ‘backer is exactly who the Los Angeles Chargers were hoping would fall to them. Though rumors from dumb-fuck sources stated that Nwosu was “the pick at 48 for the Chargers,” he should still be available in the third round. He just happens to have played in a Southern California program where everyone was watching the likes of quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Ronald Jones (whom I loooooove). Nwosu can come in and start as a rookie in the linebacking corps for the Chargers.
Rd. 5 Pick 155
RB Nyheim Hines NC State 5-foot-9, 200 pounds
(Pssst, Chargers fans, the Bolts just landed a seriously good running back in the fifth round. Feel free to rejoice. The Bolts now have a Gordon-Hines combo, similar to that of the New Orleans Saints in Mark Ingram-Alvin Kamara.)
Hines can line up all over the field, literally, as he is a threat as a runner and receiver. I believe he had more receptions from the slot position than any other back in Division-1 collegiate football. (Y’all will have to check that one, as I am not going to do so)
Rd. 6 Pick 191
FB Dimitri Flowers Oklahoma 6-foot-2, 248 pounds
In an effort to give credit where credit is due, I wouldn’t have even watched a minute of Flowers’ tape if it wasn’t for John Kegley.
I know what you were looking at, and I appreciate your solid analysis. Flowers can spell both Gordon and Hines. Should the draft play out that way, look out! Flowers is bullish enough to “push the pile” while still being nimble enough to make an unrelenting pass-rusher think twice about squaring him up. Thank you, Kegs.
Give me Flowers to find a role in the Chargers offense, whether that be in short-yardage situations or goal-line opportunities. Sorry, Derek Watt, bye-bye?
Rd. 7 Pick “Who the fuck cares” ( I do, but I get it, casual fans)
K Eddie Pineiro Florida 6-foot, 185 pounds
“Look at Booga, as he is trying to raise the stakes in the Chargers’ kicking battle!”
Telesco and company hedge their bets here by taking the best kicker in the ’18 draft class. Will he outlast kickers Caleb Sturgis and Roberto Aguayo? We’ll have to wait and see until after Pineiro is drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in the seventh round. Though the realistic bet would be on Sturgis holding down the starting spot, head coach Anthony Lynn is NOT going to let Tom Telesco’s inability to find a kicker affect his resumé any longer. Expect Lynn to make sure this kicking situation is figured out and solidified, despite the uncertainty/inability to find a kicker via his general manager.
Here’s the deal, folks, as we look at the 2018 NFL draft landscape, we all have a “good problem” as fans. Regardless of the team you support, this draft class allows for solid players throughout most of this draft. Don’t be deterred or upset by names you don’t know. Just look them up, but DON’T only “look up” their YouTube highlights.
This particular mock draft still leaves some question marks along the defensive interior and at linebacker. Though any team who drafts Mo Hurst will be lucky to sign him, many will contend that he isn’t the answer. This would solely be due to size and health issues, of course, as his collegiate ProFootballFocus.com ratings are through the roof. Per their reputable and stat/movement-based testing on NFL players, it’s safe to say that Hurst is worthy of a first-round pick. He falls to the Bolts in the second round of my mock.
I hope y’all had as much fun reading this as I did writing this. And I’m sure there are errors all over it, but fuck it.
I genuinely appreciate you taking the time to read what the heck I have to say regarding what will be the 2018 draft class of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Is that a bit presumptuous? Of course it is. My name is Booga Peters. 😉
And thanks a lot for reading. I genuinely appreciate y’all.