Posted April 23, 2013 on
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San Diego Chargers
North Carolina Tar Heels
Left tackle? Left guard? Trade up? Trade down? Stay put?
So many questions for the San Diego Chargers' rookie brain trust, and so many ways they can go in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.
Even casual Chargers fans who saw Philip Rivers scrambling for his well-being all last season know San Diego desperately needs to upgrade the left side of its line, particularly at tackle to protect the quarterback's blind side.
But holding the 11th overall pick puts the Chargers in somewhat of a no man's land, a spot that's not high enough that the team is assured of getting Lane Johnson of Oklahoma, the third of the three top-rated tackles.
San Diego was consigned to that spot by a win over the lowly Oakland Raiders in a meaningless season finale, with the Chargers already assured of missing the playoffs for the third straight season and coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith one day away from being fired.
So it's up to rookie GM Tom Telesco to a...
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Alonso is versatile enough to play either play inside or outside depending style of defensive scheme. Figures to be an inside linebacker for a 3-4, and outside for a 4-3. He is a well-built prospect 6’4, 240, with good athleticism. Earned second team all-conference honors. He recorded 87 total tackles (62 solo, 25 assisted), including 16 tackles of loss, a sack, four interceptions...
Mississippi State’s Jonathan Banks was the winner of the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award and selected as a Walter Camp All-American. He is a tall, lean defensive back in the mold NFL team are looking for to guard the ever growing wide receivers. Has a similar build to Dominique Cromartie-Rodgers, however, may be better suited playing safety at the next level.
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has been in one offensive system his entire NFL career, and for the first time as a rookie, he has to learn a new language.
Terminology is the single most important task for the quarterback in any system, if you can’t communicate the play correctly, then all is lost.
Rivers is in the middle of learning new coach Mike McCoy’s playbook...
West Virginia’s Tavon Austin is the most explosive wide receiver and return specialist in the 2013 NFL Draft. He is arguably in the top two at his position and easily the most polished. Austin in 2012 was selected to the First Team All Big East and Big East Special Teams Player of the Year.
Austin is undersized, but an elusive threat who figures to work...
According to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net, both the Titans and Chargers are thinking about drafting Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker in the first round of this week’s NFL draft. Last week we reported it looked very unlikely DJ Fluker/Alabama would make it out of the top half of round one. That was further confirmed today after sources told me the Tennessee Titans and San...
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Draft Coverage begins April 25th at 8:00pm – 10:00pm ET on NFL Network.
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