Mock Draft

Telesco3

 

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.

 

17: R1P17
RB TODD GURLEY
GEORGIA
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.
48: R2P16
OG LAKEN TOMLINSON
DUKE
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.
83: R3P19
WR TYLER LOCKETT
KANSAS STATE
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.
117: R4P18
QB SEAN MANNION
OREGON STATE
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.
153: R5P17
FS GEROD HOLLIMAN
LOUISVILLE
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.
192: R6P16
OLB GENEO GRISSOM
OKLAHOMA
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.
Thanks a lot for reading.
Booga Peters

 

 

005

It’s that time of year again. Yes, we know it’s time for the draft in less than 36 hours. What I’m referring to is what has become a yearly tradition since year one of BoltBlitz, my annual Oakland Raiders mock draft. For the uninitiated, refer to the BoltBlitz archives for the previous editions. There’s always no time like the present to lay the beatdown on the Raiders. Even with a high draft pick every year, they will find a way to screw it up. I take all the guesswork out for the Raiders and make their picks for them.

 

Round One

miley

Miley Cyrus, running back

One hot mess deserves another. Ms. Miley is already Raiders ready looks-wise. Mohawk? Check. Attitude-wise she is  spoiled, entitled and about five more years from a Behind-The-Music special. Sounds like the Raiders front office. She instantly makes an impact on offense as a tailback. She can distract the defense with her high pitched caterwauling or she can teach the offensive line to twerk in hopes of gaining yardage because the opposing defense is on the ground, holding their sides in laughter. Just win, baby.

 

Round Two

kool-aid

The Kool-Aid Man, fullback

Picture the scene at the podium as the Commissioner reads the pick. As he scans the room, you can all of a sudden feel a rumbling both audible and vibrating underneath your feet. As the tension reaches its nadir, the Kool-Aid Man bursts through the NFL Draft backdrop yelling his trademark OH YEAH. The 6’6, 300 lb. specimen is so elated he can’t control the cherry flavored juice spilling out of his dome, ruining the Commissioners suit. The hard part is going to be finding a set of pads that will prevent breakage but the Raiders feel he will be invaluable in short yardage and goal-line situations.

 

Round Three

commish

Roger Goodell

The Raiders picked a punter in the first round in 2000. That makes it evident that no one in the building is safe when the Raiders are on the clock, including the Commissioner. At 56, the Commissioner seems to be a bit old to be playing professional football to which a Raiders staffer replied ‘Look at Brandon Weeden, that guy is two years away from a mid-life crisis.’ Touche. They make a good point. Weeden does have a bald spot you could land the Space Shuttle on but Weeden is not on trial here. By securing Goodell, the Raiders aim to use his powers to swing games into their favor by issuing arbitrary rules during the game. I.E. ‘Andrew Luck is not allowed to pass in the fourth quarter.’ If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying. It’s the Raider way.

Sources confirmed that the only thing more shocking than reading his own name on the Raiders draft card was the fact they took until the third round to pick him. ‘I’m already your best offensive player’, Goodell was overheard saying over a mic that was still hot. The above picture documents he offered a dollar on the spot to any rookie in the room to take his place on the Raiders roster. No one accepted.

 

Round Four

emmet

 

Emmet, Wide Receiver

Just one name like Madonna, Cher or Prince. Emmet. Emmet can catch anything thrown  his way and never fumble with his specialized kung-fu grip. (Now, to get the Commissioner to pass three inch footballs on gameday…) Emmett serves another just as important task as he automatically becomes the one person capable of building the Raiders a stadium! Everything is Awesooooome!

 

Round Five

doc2

Doctor Octopus, Quarterback

The Raiders break their arms patting themselves on the back when they select Doctor Octopus to be their quarterback of the future. Said a Raider executive, ‘The man has six arms! We could score 42 points on one play! Wheeeeeeeeee!!!’ That quote says two things: the Raiders still can’t do math but maybe they have a point. If he can beat Spider Man he should be able to beat Peyton Manning.

 

Round Six

jackson

Phil Jackson, Coach

The Raiders continue to push the envelope now by drafting people from other sports as they welcome former Lakers and Bulls head coach Phil Jackson. No one in football seems to want to coach the Raiders so why not basketball? Jackson has eleven rings and would be the perfect man to restore ‘The greatness of the Raiders.’ That’s if the Raiders played basketball. Good luck running the Triangle offense on a football field…

 

Round Seven

westbrook2

Russell Westbrooks’ wardrobe

Two words. Alternate uniforms.

westbrook

If the players on the field aren’t distracting enough, a blinding new uniform should stun everyone’s eyeballs long enough to ensure easy touchdowns. As long as the Raiders are wearing the uniforms, they don’t have to look at them. Genius.

 

There you have it. Seven picks that will pan out better than what the Raiders will actually pick during draft weekend. Rest in pieces you face-painted, spike wearing, parking lot jumping, Darth Vader wannabes.

 

 

Bolt Up!!

 

 

The Greg One

 

 

#TelescoMagic

Draft

 

Although it is far too early to be submitting mock drafts, I have received a number of requests to get one out there regarding your San Diego Chargers.

It is a bit of a waste of time to do a mock draft prior to free agency, but I aim to please.  Hopefully I will do just that with the selections I have listed below.

Let’s get started.

 

First round:

C/T – Cameron Erving  Florida State  6’5″  309 lbs

There is no way that anyone can question the versatility of Erving.  After playing on defense, Cameron moved to the offensive side of the ball to man the left tackle spot.  After injuries were incurred along the FSU O-line, he was then asked to play center.  Despite having not played the position, he unselfishly accepted the switch and he excelled in the middle.  A big man like him shouldn’t be as quick as he is off the snap.  He is very athletic and he is very good at controlling defenders once he fully extends his arms.

If the Chargers do move DJ Fluker inside to right guard, and they believe that Chris Watt’s future position is at left guard, drafting a player like Erving would certainly make sense.  A right tackle would need to be added via free agency or the draft as long as King Dunlap is re-signed.  I am of the opinion that Dunlap will receive another contract.  Cam Erving is the kind of player that I could see Tom Telesco falling in love with.  He is versatile, tough and his performance at the second level is top-notch.  He could come in as a starter at center his rookie year.

There may be a possibility of trading back into the 19-23 range of the first round and picking up an additional 3rd round pick and still being able to draft Erving in the first.  For the sake of this mock, I will not be including a trade down. 

 

 

Second round:

WR – Tyler Lockett  Kansas State  5’10” 181 lbs

Do not let his size fool you, Lockett can make plays.  He has excellent route running and his speed lends itself to taking the top off of a defense to making plays underneath via crossing/intermediate routes.  Some may lock him in as a slot receiver but he has the ability to make plays on the outside as well.  Another intriguing trait about Lockett is his special ability in the return game.  With a total of 6 return touchdowns during his collegiate career, he would add a much-needed presence on special teams as a returner that the Chargers have been lacking since the departure of Darren Sproles.

Many draft pundits have him slated as a third-round selection, but after the combine he could position himself as a second-round selection.

He has fantastic game speed and his ability to create separation from defensive backs would help in the vertical passing game.  A homerun threat would certainly benefit the San Diego offense.  The drafting of Lockett could be dependent on whether or not Eddie Royal signs a new contract as he is currently a free agent.

 

 

Third round:

RB – Jay Ajayi  Boise State  6’0″  216 lbs

It sounds as though Tom Telesco is content with having Branden Oliver, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown all contribute to the San Diego rushing attack.  The fact of the matter is, not one of those runners is a true number one back.  Ajayi can be just that.  He has incredible balance and he has solid hands coming out of the backfield as a receiving threat.

When toting the rock he runs with good pad level and he has a bit of Gumby-like tendencies as his flexibility is impressive.  Being a patient runner, he would fit into multiple run blocking schemes.  The Chargers like to run a lot of power-O and Ajayi could excel running behind the pulling guard and picking up good chunks of yardage.

The problem with drafting Ajayi in the third is that he may not last that long.  Stranger things have happened and if he is on the board the Bolts would be making a mistake if they did not pull the trigger on drafting him.

 

 

 Fourth round:

DT – Ellis McCarthy  UCLA  6’4″  330 lbs

It is no secret that the Chargers have been in need of an imposing presence at nose tackle for quite some time. Although he adds very little as a pass rusher, if McCarthy were to be added in a rotation with Ryan Carrethers, San Diego may have a solid one-two punch in the middle of the defensive line.  He has great quickness for a big man and he is able to take on double teams.  His bull rush is above average and he is able to push opposing linemen into the backfield, collapsing the pocket.

On a bad note, McCarthy has struggled with weight issues but that is something that an NFL dietary and conditioning program could help.  He will most likely not step in as a starter, but he can provide a solid backup to either Carrethers or a free agent that is brought in to beef up the position.

 

Fifth round:

OLB – Geneo Grissom  Oklahoma  6’3″  264 lbs

With the impending departure of Dwight Freeney via free agency and the possible retirement of Jarret Johnson, the outside linebacker spot must be supplemented.  Grissom shows good acceleration around the corner and great athleticism.  He is a bit of an unknown specimen as he saw limited action in college.  He is good at the line of scrimmage batting down passes and has returned two of those plays back for touchdowns.

Although he is a liability in coverage at this point of his development, newly acquired linebacker coach Mike Nolan could work with him on keeping his eyes on the quarterback as opposed to committing to chasing down receivers with his back to the line of scrimmage.

The drafting of Grissom would be more about the future as opposed to immediate impact.  He’s very athletic and there is some hidden talent in there and with the proper coaching he could develop into a solid contributor on defense and special teams.

It is worth noting that Grissom met with the Chargers at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

 

Sixth round:

QB – Sean Mannion  Oregon State  6’6″  229 lbs

Coming from a pro-style offense, Mannion has a leg up on some of the other quarterbacks coming into the draft.  He had a sensational junior year under Mike Riley but his numbers dipped a bit as a senior.  His ability to place the ball on deep/vertical routes is very impressive, showing a touch that many teams will covet.  The ball may not come out of his hand quickly, but he can make all of the throws.  At times he has a tendency to throw off of his back foot and that shows that his footwork needs some attention.  He needs to be taught to step up in the pocket and deliver the ball.

Mannion would be a project and it should be expected that he’ll need to sit behind Philip Rivers for 3 to 4 years. That would seem to fit the plan that people could expect if a signal caller is drafted to come to the Chargers.

He has good size for the position and when given time in the pocket he can sling the ball accurately and on time.

 

 

Well, there you have it.  Again, until free agency goes down mock drafts are nothing but a weak shot in the dark.  The Chargers have a lot of holes and areas that need upgrading going forward.  Telesco believes in paying his own guys and the restructuring of players like Philip Rivers, Eric Weddle and Antonio Gates could be on the horizon.  This would supply even more cap space and the team could take care of many of their needs in free agency.

This will be a very interesting and exciting offseason.  The foundation for the Chargers to take the next step is in place.  It is now time to build around that foundation and prepare the team to make some noise in the playoffs going forward.

Here is where you come in.  Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.  Which picks did you like? Which picks did you think were terrible?  I look forward to your responses and I would encourage you all to leave your own 6-round mock draft below.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Booga Peters

The 2014 NFL Draft is only a couple of months away and the big names in free agency have been snapped up.  As a result, numerous teams around the league have seen their draft needs change.  Taking into consideration these changes, while understanding that many teams maintain a “best available player” approach to the draft, I humbly submit my first mock draft.  Let’s get to it!

ROUND ONE:  The San Diego Chargers select…

Jason Verrett (CB – TCU)

Verrett TCU

 

At 5’10” some general managers have expressed concerns in matching up with bigger NFL receivers.  There are also some concerns with an injured Labrum in his shoulder that required surgery this spring.  It is this second guessing that could very well allow Verrett to slide to us at pick 25.  However, the TCU Horned Frog posted impressive numbers at the combine running a 4.38 40 yard dash and posting a 39 inch vertical jump.  Jason is very smooth in his back pedal and closes on the ball in a flash.  He doesn’t back down against taller receivers and attacks the ball at the catch point with regularity.  He plays with a confidence and swagger that I like!  Simply put, he plays bigger than his size and is a flat-out playmaker.

 

ROUND TWO:  The San Diego Chargers select…

Anthony Johnson (DT – LSU)

Johnson LSU

6’2″ and 300 pounds of explosive disruption up the middle.  Anthony has good strength at the point of attack and the ability to shoot the gap on passing downs.  The disappointing play of DE Kendall Reyes last season opened the eyes of many to the importance of a dominant DT to free up Reyes to do his thing.  Johnson isn’t just a space-eater though, he is a playmaker.  A player requiring double-team consideration by offensive coordinators.  Many NFL Draft writers have labeled him a “high-ceiling” guy who is likely to develop into a dominant force down the road.  Sounds like our kind of guy to me…

 

ROUND THREE:  The San Diego Chargers select…

Carl Bradford (OLB – Arizona St.)

Bradford ASU

Bradford has some size concerns at 6’1″ and 250 pounds – which is why I project him slipping a bit in the draft, allowing us to snag him in the 3rd round.  He has displayed difficulty in providing run support, but is without question a ferocious pass rusher.  His presence on the roster would provide insurance behind an aging Dwight Freeney, who is returning from a season ending torn quadriceps muscle.  Additionally, he would provide instant improvement in our kick coverage teams.  If we invest a year or two in improving his strength against the run, Bradford has the makings of a pro bowl caliber linebacker in the future.

 

ROUND FOUR:  The San Diego Chargers select…

Joel Bitonio (OG – Nevada)

Bitonio NEV

Joel played left tackle in college, but he projects as a guard in the NFL.  He has good hands and packs a punch.  Bitonio consistently drives defenders back in the running game.  The upside for the young man is great.  Moving to guard will present some adjustment time for pass protection skills, but with patience and good coaching, Joel has starter potential by the 2015 season.

ROUND FIVE:  The San Diego Chargers select…

Martavis Bryant (WR – Clemson)

Bryant CLEMSON

Standing at 6’4″ and weighing 200 pounds, Martavis presents a big-time matchup problem for many cornerbacks in the league.  He reminds me of a young Malcom Floyd with better speed.  Like Floyd, Bryant excels as a red zone threat.  His ability to run the fade and out jump the defender is tremendous.  Many in the media have given Martavis the dreaded “Boom-or-Bust” label heading into this year’s draft, which accounts for him being available here in the 5th round.  I’m betting he’d blossom in Mike McCoy’s system.

 

ROUND SIX:  The San Diego Chargers select…

Brandon Coleman (WR – Rutgers)

Coleman RUT

Another gigantic target for Philip Rivers at 6’6″, Coleman is a project with equally gigantic upside.  He is a good downfield blocker that would help turn 7 yard carries into 20 yard gashes.  He is good at “posting up” smaller cornerbacks with his massive frame and then soaring high in the air to snag the ball.  For a receiver his size, Coleman is surprisingly adept at tracking deep throws as well.  Straightline speed is a bit of a concern.  He clocked a 4.56 in the 40 yard dash at the combine, but he is good out of the break with decent hands.  He is very raw and will need time to develop but I see this guy as a diamond in the rough…

 

ROUND SEVEN:  The San Diego Chargers select…

Russell Bodine (C – North Carolina)

Bodine UNC

 Selecting in the seventh round, the Bolts land a player who could develop into Nick Hardwick’s replacement at center.  Russell Bodine has been a very good run blocker at the collegiate level.  He is technically sound and very intelligent.  He was able to get to the 2nd level smoothly and consistently during his tenure as a Tarheel.  The question with Russell is whether or not he’ll be able to do the same thing against NFL defensive tackles.  He’ll need to bulk up and add some strength to be able to hold up as a pass protector.  His upside makes him intriguing.  With time and coaching, Bodine should develop into a starting caliber center.

 

…and there you have it.  My take on this year’s draft picks.  This is a topic that always generates plenty of debate, so feel free to comment below.  Thanks for reading and remember to come back to BoltBlitz.com for your daily Chargers fix!

Keep Believin’!

– Coach

Martin1

 

 

A few weeks back I posted the first edition of my Chargers 7 round mock draft.  It received, as expected, quite a bit of debate. Some people liked it, while others hated it.  Thus is the standard when it comes to mock drafts.  You can’t possibly please everyone.

I remember a time when….

Just kidding.  I am not going to talk incessantly prior to this mock.  Let’s just get on with it.

 

1st round:  Odell Beckham Jr.   WR   LSU  5’11”  198 pounds

It is no secret that the Chargers are in the market for another starting wide receiver.  They had been showing interest in both Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks prior to them signing with Baltimore and Indianapolis, respectively.  OBJ can take the top off a defense with his great speed.  He is very quick to get up to top speed due to his stellar acceleration.  He also brings to the table a solid ability in the return game.  Don’t let the drafting of a wide receiver from LSU in the first round scare you.  He can play.

 

2nd round:  Marcus Martin   C/G  USC   6’3″   320 pounds

Martin is the best center prospect in the entire draft.  Furthermore, he can easily play guard on the San Diego offensive line while Nick Hardwick finishes off his solid career in the NFL with the Chargers.  He is very physical and takes advantage of his short stature to gain solid leverage against defenders.  Has some nasty to his game and he has yet to reach his ceiling.  MArtin would be an excellent choice in the second round.

 

3rd round:  Pierre Desir  CB  Lindenwood   6’1″   198 pounds

Despite being incredibly raw, Desir has a bright future in front of him.  He has great size for the position and his speed is good for a corner of his size.  When looking at a small-school prospect like Desir, you want to see that player dominate against that level of competition.  He did just that.  He totaled 25 interceptions during his time in college.  He was a division II All-American as well.

 

4th round:  Brett Smith  QB  Wyoming  6’2″  206 pounds

The closer we get to the NFL draft, the more the Brett Smith hype train gets rolling.  Smith is athletic for the position and has good speed as well ( clocked in the low 4.5s at his pro day recently according to Benjamin Allbright).  He was little known due to going to Wyoming.  Had he gone to a big name program, his name would be on the tip of many people’s tongues.  His arm is not overly strong but when you watch him play you can see that he has enough arm strength to make all the throws.  Like most quarterbacks, he is not as accurate on the move.  Fans of the Mountain West conference have surely seen him play and most likely walked away very impressed.  I am not sold on Brad Sorensen as the quarterback of the future once Philip Rivers hangs ’em up.  Smith is a guy that could sit back and learn while Rivers finishes off his career in lightning bolts.

 

5th round:  Justin Ellis   NT  Louisiana Tech   6’2″   334 pounds

I know.  Finally a nose tackle.  Ellis is a big dude.  He had solid showings at both the East-West Shrine game and the Senior bowl. Quick for his size and a heady player.  Although he plays too high at times, he is good anchoring upon contact with offensive linemen; holding his ground and occupying blockers.  Due to his long arm, you’ll see Ellis bat down his fair share of passes at the next level.  Ellis would be a great pick in the 5th round.

 

6th round:  Cody Latimer   WR   Indiana  6’2″   215 pounds

Another wide receiver?  Yup.  If Latimer is still available here then you sprint to turn your card in right away.  He is one of the better receivers that most people aren’t talking about.  He has good height and is very good in space for that height.  One of my favorite attributes about Latimer is he is a good blocker in the running game for a wide receiver.  That is far more important than many people like to think.  A receiving trio of Keenan Allen, OBJ and Cody Latimer means the future would be looking really good for the Charger passing attack.

 

7th round:  Taylor Hart   DE   Oregon   6’6″  281 pounds

Hart hasn’t missed a start in his last three seasons in Eugene.  Very intelligent player.  Has good quickness for a defensive lineman. Played multiple spots along the line showing off his versatility.  He was named second team All-Pac 12 in 2013.  Hart would be a nice add this late in the draft.

 

That concludes this edition of my Chargers 7 round mock draft.  Let me know what you think by leaving your thoughts below in the comment section.

 

Booga Peters

Nix

 

It is that time of year again and some may even consider me late to the party.  It’s mock draft season.  Today will be my first attempt at mocking the draft selections by your San Diego Chargers.  I actually get a little bit pumped up about the debates that come up due to these mocks.  They tend to make for strong conversation pieces.

I have a run of 5 drafts in a row in which, while prepping my final mock, I have prognosticated one player that would be drafted as a Charger.  The consecutive streak began in 2009 when I made had the misfortune of jinxing San Diego by mocking Vaughn Martin and Gartrell Johnson to the Bolts.  Oops.  My bad.

In 2010, I nailed both Ryan Mathews and Cam Thomas as future members in lightning bolts.  Obviously I had no clue that the team would have to trade up from 28 to 12 to secure the services of Mathews, but I did have them trading up for him close to the middle of the first round.  There was a similar story with Cam Thomas. I had him going to the Bolts in the 3rd round as opposed to the 5th.

The draft in 2011 seemed to be one of the easier drafts to peg a player to be drafted for the Chargers.  Leading up to the draft, San Diego was not shy about their love for Vincent Brown. He was another that I was lucky enough to tab ending up in America’s finest city.

In 2012, while writing for BoltBeat.com, I mocked Ladarius Green to the be taken in the 4th round.  And last year I mocked cornerback Steve Williams to the Chargers in the 5th round and that is where he was selected.

Now that I have shown that even the sun shines on a draftnik’s butt every now and then, let us get on with the proceedings. Without further ado, the first edition of my Chargers 7 round mock draft.

 

FIRST ROUND:

Louis Nix  NT  Notre Dame  6’2″  345 pounds

This pick will probably have people split down the middle.  Nix is coming off of a year that ended due to surgery for a torn meniscus.  He is a mammoth of a man and can take on multiple blockers.  He has the perfect size for a 3-4 NT and is a powerful man.  He is not going to put up sack numbers but he will demand double teams.  The Chargers are in dire need of a space-eater and Nix is the best that is available.  He may not last until the 25th pick in the 1st round but for the sake of this mock he is there and snagged by the Bolts.

 

SECOND ROUND:

Kyle Van Noy   OLB   BYU   6’3″  244 pounds

Despite seeing him in person from the press box at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, I wanted to see more of Van Noy.  He finished the game with a sack and a couple of tackles.  After returning home and watching 4 full games, I have come to the conclusion that he would be a great fit in the Charger defense.  The guy is all over the place with a nose for the ball.  He has very good instincts and his ability to drop into coverage from the OLB position should be very appealing.  Much quicker than fast, he won’t wow you with his 40 yard dash time.  Despite not being overly physical, he still makes more than his fair share of plays behind the line of scrimmage.

 

THIRD ROUND:

Stanley Jean-Baptiste   CB  Nebraska  6’2″  215 pounds

Although his hype is bit “louder” than his ability, Jean-Baptiste would be a solid pick in the late third round.  The new craze in the NFL happens to be big cornerbacks and he is just that.  But that is NOT why I have him being selected. He finished this season with 12 pass breakups and 4 interceptions.  For  a player his size he is not incredibly physical.  He had a solid week at the Senior bowl in Mobile.  He won’t blow you away with his speed but his length helps mask that in coverage.  His hip turn was a lot better than I expected for a 6’2″ 215 pound cornerback.  He still has some developing to do but he would be a nice 3rd round addition.

 

FOURTH ROUND:

Donte Moncrief   WR  Ole Miss   6’3″  226 pounds

Moncrief had a better year as a Junior than he did as a Senior.  But don’t let that dissuade you.  This is a big receiver that can stretch the field vertically.  I think he’d be a good complement on the other side of Keenan Allen.  One of my favorite aspects of his game is his willingness as a blocker in the running game.  He has great hands, decisive cuts in and out of his breaks and the ability to go up and get the ball.  It goes without saying that Philip Rivers loves to have jump-ball wideouts that can get up and attack the ball.

 

FIFTH ROUND:

James Wilder Jr.  RB  Florida State  6’2″  229 pounds

This guy just happens to be a great combination of power and speed.  He is not blazing fast but he can run for a guy with his build. He has an NFL pedigree as his father, James Wilder, was a running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  He keeps his legs churning through the muck showing impressive leg drive.  One thing I noticed about Wilder Jr. is that he is always making progress forward at the end of plays, getting positive yards despite some poor blocking at times.  Adding him to a backfield of Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead would make for a solid stable of running backs.

 

SIXTH ROUND:

Tyler Larsen  C  Utah State   6’4″  317 pounds

Despite coming from small Utah State, Larsen received national recognition as a Rimington Award finalist.  Larsen has started the last 51 consecutive games and shown that he has what it takes as a physical and cerebral blocker.  His consecutive games streak shows his durability and toughness.  He has a very fast punch to keep defenders on their heels.  With the future of Nick Hardwick up in the air, it is important for the Chargers to have a plan in place.  Even if Hardwick returns, drafting Larsen is a wise move for the future.

 

SEVENTH ROUND:

J.C. Copeland   FB   LSU   6’1″  270 pounds ( approximately )

This former defensive lineman is a beast.  He opens up holes like an extra offensive linemen with a bit of quickness.  He can lay the wood with the best of them at the position and would be a great asset for a team that has trouble deciding to run the ball from inside the 1 yard line on 3 consecutive plays….. * crickets *  Sorry for that.  I would really like to see this guy in lightning bolts.

 

And there you have the first edition of my Chargers 7 round mock draft.  I am REALLY looking forward to everyone telling me that Van Noy and Jean-Baptiste won’t fall to the respective rounds where I have them going.  They might not slip but let us not pretend like any of us know anything at this point in the process.

Let the colorful banter begin!!

 

Booga Peters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Draft

 

 

First of all I’d like to start this off by saying a big thanks to BoogaP for giving me an opportunity to get some of my ramblings out to a wider audience, I think this is gonna be good.

Okay so lets begin… I’ve decided my first article for BoltBlitz would be my own 7 round mock draft (which will also be my very first).  I’ve picked the first half of the first round to put into context my first round selection.  Cue the debate in the comments section below!

So here we go…

1) Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT

2) Jacksonville Jaguars – Dee Miliner, CB

3) Oakland Raiders – Dion Jordan, DE

4) Philadelphia Eagles – Star Lotulei, DT

5) Detroit Lions – Eric Fisher, OT

6) Cleveland Browns – Chance Warmack, OG

7) Arizona Cardinals – Lane Johnson, OT

8) Buffalo Bills – Geno Smith, QB

9) New York Jets – Shariff Floyd, DT

10) Tennessee Titans – Johnathon Cooper, OG

11) On The Clock – San Diego Chargers

Okay so here it is… Kind of the nightmare situation with all 5 of the O-line prospects worth taking to this point already gone so what does Tom Telesco do I hear you ask? Well he picks up the phone and starts shopping that pick, and he finds a buyer…

The St. Louis Rams who jump up from 16 to leap the Dolphins (who despite inking Hartline, Keller and Wallace to deals I still believe would jump at having more WR depth) and select Cordarelle Patterson trading away their 1st rounder (16) and there 3rd Rounder (78).  Someone’s going to have to catch the ball in St. Louis now that Danny Amendola is being thrown balls from Tom Brady.

So that trade means we slide down to pick 16 and pick up a bonus 3rd rounder.  More selections means more versatility and more options to trade back up later. Okay continue…

12) Miami Dolphins – Ziggy Ansah, DE

13) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sheldon Richardson, DT

14) Carolina Panthers – Kenny Vaccaro, S

15) New Orleans Saints – Barkevious Mingo, DE

16) San Diego Chargers – Trade alert

Once again the Chargers look to trade back and find a taker in the Minnesota Vikings who trade their 1st (25) and 2nd 22nd (52) to move up and select Tavon Austin (WR) to replace Pervy Harvin, jumping ahead of the Steelers who I think will look WR to replace Wallace.

17) Pittsburgh Steelers – Bjoern Werner, DE

18) Dallas Cowboys – Matt Elam, S

19) New York Giants – Xavier Rhodes, CB

20) Chicago Bears – Jarvis Jones, OLB

21) Cincinnati Bengals – Alexander Ogletree, ILB

22) St.Louis Rams (from Redskins) – Damontre Moore, DE

23) Minnesota Vikings – Datone Jones, DE

24) Indianapolis Colts – Keenan Allen, WR

25) On the Clock again – San Diego Chargers

Okay, so we’ve traded back a couple of times and picked up some bonus picks which will help add depth later.  But for right now, it’s time to bring in that first player.  I know the general consensus is that we need O-line help here, but I just don’t see any O-linemen that have significant enough value to be selected with this pick.  As a result, with the 25th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the San Diego Chargers select…

Desmond Trufant, CB.  Washington

After losing Both Jammer and Cason this offseason, and only bringing in Derek Cox as replacement, I think we are a little thin on bodies back in the secondary.  Trufant comes from a good gene pool and immediately pushes both Wright and Gilchrist for playing time.

And now for the next pick…

2nd Round, 15th Pick (45th Overall) – Larry Warford, OG  Kentucky

This time we stay put and select Larry Warford to boost our O-line, which is, by obvious consensus, our biggest position of need.  My own personal view is that the king himself, Mr. Dunlap, will be starting at LT for this season.  Dunlap will be holding the position for either Mike Harris, a yet to be named Draft Pick, or an impending free agent (potentially Brandon Albert who I think plays out the year in Kansas before becoming the pick of FA next year).

Next up!

2nd Round, 22nd Pick (52nd Overall) FROM VIKINGS – Menelik Watson, OL  Florida State

Watson is one of my absolute favourite players in this years draft class, and someone that I think could be a real asset to our O-line depth. Born in Manchester , UK (that’s my home town) and being a supporter of Manchester City Football Club (my own soccer team) he was always going be high in my thoughts, but having read up on him over the last month I think he shows a pretty big upside and would really give a lot of versatility (which seems to be a recurring theme of Tom Telesco’s free agent signings thus far).

Next pick. Trade alert! The Chargers have bundled together both 3rd rounders (76 and 78 (earlier picked up from trade with Rams)) to move back up and trade with the Bengals to pick up the 53rd pick in the second round to select Johnathon Cyprien, SS.

2nd round, (53rd overall)  FROM BENGALS – Johnathon Cyprien  S  Florida International

Brandon Taylor might be the future of the SS safety position for the Chargers, but as has been noted in a number of places he won’t be fit to start the season.  I like Cyprien here as an insurance policy and someone that will add depth and competition (again this seems to be the staple of the Telesco-led regime).

4th Round, 13th Pick (110th Overall) – Joe Kruger, DE  Utah

Having traded away both 3rd rounders to move back up into the 2nd, we don’t pick again until the 4th round.  I like Kruger here.  He is the brother of recently acquired Cleveland Browns pass rusher and whilst his brother got way overpaid, if he develops into a similar player that he was for the Ravens last year (situational pass rusher) then he adds good depth to the D-line which is looking a little thin after losing some guys.

5th Round, 12th Pick (145th Overall) – AJ Klein, LB  Iowa State

This guy might not have the best measurables, but was voted co-defensive payer of the year in the Big 12 in 2011.  I think he would be a pretty good selection due to our obvious need at MLB.  The inside linebacker spot next to Donald Butler is up for grabs (whilst I am confident Telesco brings in a vet) and we should expect there to be camp battles between a number of players.

6th Round, 11th Pick (179th Overall) – Ryan Katz, QB   San Diego State

And now for what will probably be a surprise pick, the selection of San Diego State’s own Ryan Katz.  This pick is absolutely a pick for the future. Phillip Rivers is the man, and will be for a number of years, but we are getting close to the time where we need to start to think about life after him.  I think Katz has a lot of work to do, but under the tutelage of Rivers he can develop, and in 3 years time he can be utilized, or traded away (see Patriots and development of QBs).

7th Round, 15th Pick (221st Overall) – Paul Worrilow, LB  Delaware

And finally… The last selection of the Chargers in the 2013 draft, Paul Worrilow, LB. The University of Delaware prospect had Chargers scouts watching at his Pro-Day, and I think could be a good selection with our 7th rounder.  He’s probably camp fodder, but at least it continues to increase competition at MLB.

And there you have it, that’s your 2013 NFL Draft class.

Thanks a lot for reading everyone and hopefully we’ll have some good debate in the comments section below!

Joe (aka BoltUpUK).

Draft2

 

 

Greetings and salutations from The Greg One!  Tis the season.  The season of endless mock drafts that is.  I’ve never professed to be a college football guru, pro sports are my specialty.  However, The Greg One feels inclined to throw around a few names that he would love to see in lightning bolts this season.  This list will probably be off the board by the third round but this is my perfect world selections for the Chargers. Enjoy.

Round One–Chance Warmack,  Offensive Guard,  Alabama.  Dude is a monster and, barring injury, has all the makings of a future Hall-Of-Famer.  Road grader at 6-2, 317.  Threw around the best defenders college football had to offer.  Best player on the board to keep Philip Rivers jersey clean.
Round Two–Eddie Lacy,  Running Back,  Alabama.  Warmack gets even happier knowing he gets to open holes for his Alabama teammate.  Lacy, playing behind Trent Richardson and having some of his thunder stolen by rookie TJ Yeldon, Lacy has shown a lot with a small sample size.  Most notably, he has shown he is a every down power back with breakaway speed.  The Chargers still lack a feature back and Lacy could fill the bill and make the injury prone Ryan Mathews expendable.
I could also see Inside Linebacker Mantei Te’O going in this spot if Lacy is gone.  The Chargers have holes at the linebacker position with Spikes,  Barnes gone and Shaun Phillips testing the market.  The Chargers do have an affinity for Samoan players.  (Seau, Pupunu, Manumaleuna, Salave’a)  Just sayin.
Round Three–Tyrann Mathieu, Cornerback, Louisiana State.  The man formerly known as the honey badger is a ball hawk of the highest order.  He has shown amazing instincts and a penchant for making big plays in critical situations.  Phenomenal returner.  Currently being mentored by the best cornerback to play the game in Deion Sanders.  Fills another need area for the Chargers.  His personal demons have dropped him into the later rounds but has yearly pro bowl written all over him. 
Round Four–Kyle Long,  Offensive Tackle,  Oregon.  The man has the experience of playing in the Oregon system with a running quarterback for four years.  It will be a breeze to protect a pocket passer for a change.  Ideal size at 6’6, 313 and you have to account for the bloodline factor.  Brother Chris Long is a standout for the Rams and dad Howie Long provide for a lifetime of knowledge on how to play the position. 
Round Five–D.J. Swearinger,  Free Safety,  South Carolina.  Playing in the SEC has him ready for the bright lights of the NFL.  Fierce hitter.  Four years of ball under Steve Spurrier is a very good thing. Swearinger has played every position in the secondary;  nickel,  corner and both safety positions.  Would learn from one of the best safeties in the league in Eric Weddle and create a great tandem.  Fills yet another need area for the Chargers. 
Round Six–Kenyon Barner,  Running Back,  Oregon.  If the Chargers miss on Lacy in round two, this would be a great pick.  Barner is not an every down back but would be great in two back sets with Mathews,  catching balls out of the backfield and running behind the new zone blocking scheme that is being installed.  Barner is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
Round Seven–Matt Scott, Quarterback, Arizona.  With the underwhelming quarterback draft class this year, no one is going to be rushing to find the next heir apparent.  Matt Scott is a prime candidate to fall through the cracks.  Standing at 6’2, 213 is a little undersized but he has a cannon for an arm and with new emphasis on the offensive line in San Diego, he’ll be in an ideal situation.  He has the benefit of sitting, watching and learning from Philip Rivers, the same way Rivers did sitting behind Drew Brees. 
Chargers GM Tom Telesco is looking for young and fast and this group is awash in speed, power and superb instincts.  This group would reinvigorate the fan base and propel the Chargers back to AFC dominance in short order.  Ideally, i’d love to see a trade of a mid round pick and a player (Mathews?) to land Michael Turner, Ahmad Bradshaw or Sebastian Vollmer but that most likely will not happen.  Their teams would command too much.  So here it is, The Greg One’s ideal draft! What do you think?

 

Draft2

 

 

I absolutely love the NFL draft.  Many of you would agree with me when I say that it is like having an additional Christmas.  Not in the biblical sense, of course, but you know what I mean.

Another portion of draft season that I love is viewing, and making my own, mock drafts.

Quite frankly, I know that it is mostly a waste of time.  Even the so-called experts are very rarely correct in their guessing of where each draftee will end up.

We have been submitting our mock drafts here on BoltBlitz.com for a week or so.  My seven round Chargers mock draft will be out later this evening.  Once it does come out, it will be torn to shreds by many of you.  I get it.  So I’ve decided to provide an opportunity for all of the BoltBlitz.com faithful to show off and show their stuff.

Below you will notice the exact draft picks that the Bolts currently have at this time.  I would like to encourage you all to copy and paste those picks down in the comments section.  After doing so, fill in who you think the team will take and in what round they will be selected.

I am interested to see how many people actually participate by submitting their own Charger mock draft.

 

 

Round One – Pick 11

 

Round Two – Pick 15  (45)

 

Round Three – Pick 14  (76)

 

Round Four – Pick 13  (107)

 

Round Five – Pick 12  (138)

 

Round Six – Pick 11  (169)

 

Round Seven – Pick 15  (205)

 

Good luck to all of you and I look forward to reading your mock draft.

 

Thanks a lot for reading and participating.

 

BoltUp!!!

 

BoogaP

BBLogo

In this article I will share with you a scenario that could possibly go down at Radio City Music Hall.  This is a deep draft and I enjoyed making this mock for fans like you and me to gauge what is available when San Diego is on the clock in each round.  I hope you enjoy and please feel free to share your own thoughts on who the Chargers should take in the comments below.

Round 1, Pick 11  Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

The need at offensive tackle have greatly overshadowed the fact that San Diego also needs help at guard.  With Louis Vasquez testing free agency and Tyronne Green being Tyronne Green, we will need help at the guard position as well.  Cooper, being a senior, has the experience at the position and stands out in a deep class of linemen.  Standing at 6’2″ and weighing 311 pounds, he doesn’t have the desired size of a guard but his athleticism is great.  He will have to get a little bigger but he is primed for an immediate impact in Charger Park.

Round 2, Pick 45 Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

It is a question as to whether we will bring either of our starting corners back and while our young corners in Shareece Wright and Marucs Gilchrist, we will need depth at the position.  Poyer brings that depth as well as competition for field time which will make every corner on the roster better.  Poyer is a 6 foot guy with 4.5 speed and will be able to succeed early in his career as a nickel corner for the sake of experience.  His previous experience at safety gives him that hitting attitude which will be a great asset in run help.

Round 3, Pick 76 D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina

This four year starter out of South Carolina and captain of the defense on 2012 is a sleeper in terms of attention he is receiving.  No doubt the is the lowest round he will go but he is definitely underrated in this draft.  With 6 interceptions in his career he does not have the stats of a flashy guy but this guy is a hard-nose guy I want on my team. 5’10” and 208 pounds he is a big hit guy.  Almost too much of a big hitter, being penalized numerous times last season for helmet to helmet and hitting defenseless receiver.  With some polishing to his technique he will be a great safety next to Weddle.

Round 4, Pick 107 Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech

No matter what happens in free agency, we will need to being in depth for our offensive line.  Jordan Mills does just that.  A monstrous 6’5″ 316 lbs frame gives him a great opportunity to be a force of a lineman with some coaching.  He was able to make the All-WAC first team which means even though his competition isn’t cream of the crop, he is still taking advantage.  He has great footwork and and strength in his upper and lower body and will help the Chargers tremendously in due time.

Round 5, Pick 138 Lerentee McCray, OLB, Florida

With Jarrett Johnson’s age and the end of Shaun Phillips’ career in San Diego, we will need some youth at the outside linebacker position.  Melvin Ingram is the first step and has yet to explode into the player he is.  Lerentee McCray can be the guy opposite Ingram after some time behind Phillips and Johnson.  His 6’2″ 250 lbs size can be explosive coming off the edge as he did in Florida.  He recorded 25 tackles, 3 sacks, and one pick during his 11 game senior season.  His injury history is what holds him back but when healthy, can be a great asset to San Diego.

Round 6, Pick 169  Knile Davis, HB, Arkansas

This is a hit or miss pick.  Knile Davis can be one of the best value picks in this years draft because teams shy away from him due to his frequent injury history.  He has had ankle issues dating back to his high school days.  In college he missed 2011 with a broken ankle.  But when Davis is healthy, he is a monster.  He totaled 1300 yards rushing in 13 TDs in 2010 which led him to All-SEC honors.  He is 5,10″ 227 lbs with sub 4.4 speed which is undeniable to take a chance on in the 6th round.

*Another possible pick would be another Arkansas HB, Dennis Johnson

Round 7, Pick 205 Ace Sanders, WR/RS, South Carolina

At 5’7″ and 173 lbs, Sanders does not come into the league with great size but is a great guy to have on your team, specifically on special teams.  He was the first return man to reach pay dirt for the Gamecocks since 2003.  In 2012, he set another school record with 429 yards on 28 punt returns.  Also, as he got older, he became better at the receiver position.  Tallying 45 catches for 531 yards and 9 TDs in his last season in Columbia.  This could be a great pick in the last round, Ace could be a poor man’s Reggie Bush and developed into a major threat for San Diego in years to come

Thanks for visiting BoltBlitz and don’t forget to share your thoughts and continue to #ReadTheBlitz

Jarvis Royall

Shop for Authentic Autographed Chargers Collectibles at SportsMemorabilia.com
Subscribe

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Shop for Authentic Autographed Chargers Collectibles at SportsMemorabilia.com


Copyright © 2013. All Rights Reserved.