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Everyone and their dog has a mock draft out these days. The Greg One is not one to be left out of the fun, so here it is, people. I’ll be adding one more to the ever growing list of seven-round educated (and not-so educated) guesses called a mock draft. I have been keeping an eye on prospects and listening to the talking heads on tv and radio for some perspective. Mind you, these are the same pundits who predicted the Chargers would finish at the bottom of the AFC West last season while your friend The Greg One correctly predicted the Chargers record within one game (my guess was 10-6) and the Chargers making the playoffs when none of the ‘experts’ would. Sometimes the best information comes from someone close, passionate about their team but also sees their team realistically. Suck on that ESPN!

Also keep in mind that in my 2013 Chargers mock draft I was one pick away from being dead on. I had the Chargers choosing Alabama guard Chance Warmack as the Chargers selection and he was chosen one pick before the Chargers selected, going to Tennessee with the 10th pick right before the Chargers picked at 11. The Chargers took Alabama right tackle DJ Fluker and had a great season. Still, I had the position (offensive line) and even the school (Alabama) correct, which is more than Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay did. Now that I’ve built my pundit resume to impossible, only a dead on pick will do kind of level,  here is my Chargers seven round mock draft!

Round One: Louis Nix III, DT Notre Dame.  The Chargers have a gaping hole at defensive tackle after the departure of Cam Thomas this offseason. The Chargers are left with Sean Lissemore and the injured Kwame Geathers as the only nose tackles on the roster. There is no one of note left on the free agent market which makes this the biggest priority to fill through the draft, slightly ahead of the secondary. CB’s Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard and Bradley Roby will be long gone as will safeties Ha Ha Clinton Dix and Calvin Pryor. Nix is the best pure nose tackle in the draft and will be reunited with teammate Manti Te’o, easing his transition to the team. Renewing the chemistry they had in college will be an added benefit on the field.

Round Two:  Kyle Van Noy DE/OLB BYU. The Chargers are keeping a close eye on Van Noy, who has had a visit with the team and has said he would love to play for the Chargers. Van Noy is a high motor, disruptive force blitzing from the edge. His specialty is rushing the passer but drops into coverage very well and is solid against the run. Van Noy will be a great addition from a depth standpoint and has outstanding veterans around him to learn from. Even with offenses designing plays to go away from him, Van Noy logged 68 tackles with 17.5 for loss, four sacks, two interceptions and seven batted balls.

Round Three:  Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama. Kouandjio stock is dropping after a sub-par showing at the combine including a failed physical. His surgically repaired knee has received a clean bill of health from the esteemed Dr. James Andrews. The Chargers will most likely trade up, sacrificing a late round pick (6 or 7) to get high enough in the order to make the selection, but taking advantage of another first round grade talent will be too impossible to ignore. The Chargers again reunite teammates as Kouandjio becomes the bookend on the left side to D.J. Fluker on the right side of the offensive line.

Round Four: The Chargers trade their pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the rights to wide receiver Justin Blackmon. The troubled wide receiver was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft after two seasons as an All-American receiver for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Blackmon is currently suspended following his second violation of the league’s substance abuse policy and was recently cited for a one-car incident when he ran his SUV into a guard rail  and landed in a ditch last month. Fortunately, there was no alcohol involved which would’ve lengthened his suspension. Blackmon can apply to be reinstated before the start of the 2014 season but chances are the Jaguars may be looking to rid the locker room of his presence.

A change of scenery and a fresh start with a new, contending team can be the perfect scenario for the 24-year old Blackmon. A bona fide deep threat, he will provide the perfect complement to Keenan Allen. Blackmon was only making 1.2 million so a new contract will be easy for GM Tom Telesco to negotiate.  If the opportunity is there, Telesco should make the deal.

Round Five: De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon. Telesco wants to improve team speed and you won’t find many in this draft faster than De’Anthony Thomas. At Oregon’s pro day Thomas posted a 4.34 and 4.35 40 yard dash times. Thomas is electric in the return game as he had four return touchdowns for Oregon in his three-year career. Thomas was a standout member of Oregon’s track and field team anchoring the 4×100 relay for the team that made it to the 2012 NCAA Championships.  Thomas is a great 10-15 carries per game running back but does not have the body to be an every down back. He can be a specialty back in the vein of Darren Sproles or Danny Woodhead as he is a great receiver out of the backfield and operates best in space.  Speaking of whom, Woodhead is on the second year of his two-year contract with the Chargers. Thomas would be a great insurance policy/heir apparent if Woodhead gets injured or leaves in free agency next season.

Round Six: Terrance Mitchell, DB Oregon.  Mitchell’s stock dropped at the draft combine when he ran  a 4.69 40-yard dash time. Mitchell is a little undersized at 5’11 but makes up for it with impressive ball skills and instincts. Mitchell stared 38 games for the Ducks and played in high-profile games against the best receivers the Pac-12 had to offer. Mitchell had five interceptions last season as a season-long starter. Mitchell’s excels in press coverage and knows how to use his hands and body in coverage. Mitchell is a playmaker who will also be a valuable contributor on special teams.

Round Seven: Michael Sam, DE Missouri. Sam was the story of the day for about a week when he came out, making him the first openly gay player to take the field in the NFL. However, the story didn’t do anything to his draft stock and he has been forgotten amidst all the draft hoopla. Sam would be a fantastic bargain here as the Chargers are woefully thin all across the defensive line. Like Te’o the year before him, San Diego will provide shelter from the harsh media scrutiny of other NFL cities and allow Sam to thrive.

The Chargers most likely won’t have a seventh round pick. I expect the seventh round pick to be used in a trade up scenario or in the Blackmon trade. Similarly, a team like the Ravens or Steelers will take Sam in an earlier round. However, he will be a late day three pick if he gets chosen at all. If he’s there the Chargers will take him but if he’s gone and the pick is not traded the Chargers will more than likely stash a quarterback like they did last season with Brad Sorensen.

I only took one defensive back because the Chargers will also gain the services of defensive back Stevie Williams, who was chosen with a fifth round pick in last season’s draft. Williams missed all season with a torn pectoral muscle.

The (mostly) unintentional coupling of past teammates will only serve to improve team chemistry and provide a mentor-like relationship in the cases of Fluker and Kouandjio; Te’o and Nix. The team adds valued speed with Blackmon and Thomas and the defense gets much-needed depth with a handful of blue chip prospects.

 

What do you think Boltfam?

 

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6 Responses to The Greg One’s Chargers 7-Round Mock Draft

  • David Droegemeier
    David Droegemeier says:

    I am sorry but i can’t not see any scenerio that doesn’t have the chargers selecting a Corner before the 4th round as a legitimate possibility. they are very thin, and they need a big athletic corner to go opposite Shareece Wright. Yes we have STEVIE..Williams this year but i see him as more of a slot corner.

  • max says:

    Van Noy is not gonna be around when we pick in the second! No corner before rd 6 and Michael Sam in the 7th?? And, to top it all off, the drug addict and draft bust Blackmon in a trade that is never gonna go down for a fourth rd pick???
    Horrible, horrible mock imo.

  • Jamie Hoyle says:

    I tend to agree with David D. I think they draft at least two corners, and almost certainly select one by (if not before) the third round. That said, I like the first two picks.

    There is a ton of value in athletic, fast corners in the third round. They could get a real steal there. I don’t think I’d place as much importance on a big corner as I would one with above average speed. Much of the secondary’s struggles are directly related to what has been a slow-footed unit. They need to infuse it with speed.

  • OPBolt says:

    Greg – sorry, I disagree with the Blackman deal. He is antithetical to the “family/solid citizen” type of player the team is committed to. There are still good WRs on the board in the 3rd round, if that is the direction the team wants to go. I would like to see a best available CB in this round. While I might lust after a high round CB, I do like your first three picks a lot. I am one of those who think (hope?) that solidifying the defensive middle and delivering both middle and outside pressure is the best route to consistently beating guys like Manning – Nix and Van Noy fit that model. Getting Kouandjio in the third would be a steal. We still have to worry about Dunlap missing games, and the quality of depth on the OL. I’m not sold on Sam, especially as a DE. I would rather see us try and snag someone like Jackson Jeffcoat if he is still around.

  • Greg Williams
    saruman316 says:

    Thanks for the comments guys. It’s interesting getting your perspective. I still stand by the Blackmon scenario. The guy just needs a departure from the dumpster fire that is the Jaguars. He is a baller on the field. He’s only going into his third year and the guy already has a 200+ yard game…with the JAGUARS! Imagine what he could do with PR throwing him the rock. Money. Passing game, solved. Lots of guys have excelled once they got their second chance on a new team. Hell, start with Brees and Sproles from our own Chargers! I didn’t forget about the corner and I know that’s the one hole in my mock. Still, if Kouandjio is still there it means locking down the O line and PR stays clean, which is the end game in all of this. PR averages over 27 ppg over his career. Keep him clean, that means playoffs. Playoffs will lead to Super Bowls (especially with the football IQ of the new regime). yes we definitely need ball hawking, faster corners who will actually snag the interception when it is thrown right to them! (Looking at YOU Shareece Wright in the Denver playoff game..) If Kouandjio isn’t available i’d definitely take a db there in the third. Players drop people, you need no more proof than our third round pick last year.

  • Vin says:

    Horrible predictions imo. TT would not gamble on a player like Justin Blackmon, Van Noy will be a taken top 50 and not grabbing a corner with the first 3 picks is just ridiculous. the only viable option I see panning out is the 1st pick with Nix. If TT drafts like he did last year, this year, we go NT, CB, OLB/OL (in any order) first three picks. Let it be known.

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