I don’t do mock drafts, I rarely even read mock drafts. Mocks are entertaining, but, at the end of the day, as cheap as the paper they’re written on.

With the draft two weeks away, Tom Telesco has his work cut out for him. This year’s roster doesn’t have the holes last year’s roster did and Tom and the boys did a hell of a job. With D.J. Fluker, Manti Te’o and Keenan Allen having a year under their belts, I’m looking for big things from our top three 2013 picks.

Can Telesco pull off another draft like last year? We’ll know soon enough, but I’m excited about this year’s draft class. There are a lot of defensive players to choose from in this draft, the area I hope the Chargers focus on.  With that said, here’s my first round wish list.

Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

A strong front seven will make any secondary look better.  Nix is a space eater, though experts say he needs to get better shedding double-teams could definitely make an impact.  At 340 lbs, he’s a prototypical NT with his size and strength.  Handling double teams and occupying blockers frees up ILBs Donald Butler and Manti Te’o in the run game and the occasional inside blitz.  If he can effectively occupy blockers, that has a ripple effect on the DEs and OLBs to wreak havoc in the backfield and on the opposing QB.

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Good zone defender with good instincts and good hands but susceptible to double moves and weak in man coverage.  Good in run support as well. He’s versatile as well.  He has experience playing on the outside and covering slot receivers.  Would fit well in John Pagano’s scheme as they don’t play in a lot of man coverages.

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

Good instincts, quick to read, react and recover to the ball and not afraid to jump routes.  Consistently makes plays on the ball.  Just don’t let Deion Sanders mentor him on his tackling.  My biggest concern would he his durability.

These three players all seem to be consensus top three choices for the Bolts among talking heads and fans alike.  All three will fill huge needs on the defensive side of the ball.  I think Nix would have the greatest impact of the three and probably the one guy who could come in and start on day one.



Mike Pisciotta

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