The San Diego Chargers roster has plenty of holes to fill. This year they will have the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft. This year may have been a blessing in disguise for the Bolts, since they have a top three pick and enough talent to give a Broncos a run for their money next season. All it could take for the Chargers to get back in the playoff discussion is staying healthy, make some moves in free agency, and have a great draft.
Philip Rivers is committed to the team, and there’s no questioning whether he can lead the team to the playoffs. Here’s my outlook on the moves the Chargers should make in this year’s draft.
No. 3 Overall: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
Sometimes regardless of what you need to fill, the pure talent is too much to pass up. The Chargers probably need an offensive tackle or defensive lineman just as much as defensive back. This is similar to the Jets first round pick last year. The Jets did not need a defensive end as much as other positions, but Leonard Williams was too talented to pass up. This is a win/win situation for San Diego because they are also desperate for help in the pass coverage. Eric Weddle has made it clear that he will be leaving, and Brandon Flowers proved to be a bust. The Chargers could use a play maker like Ramsey alongside all-pro corner Jason Verrett, who was one of the few bright spots for the team. Ramsey has a long wingspan with the ability to play the pass better at a high level, and thrives in tackling as well.
No. 35 Overall: Germain Ifedi, LT, Texas A&M
The Chargers offensive line was paraded with injuries in 2015. Left tackle King Dunlap with an injury once again. Left Tackle is the most important position on the line as he is responsible for the quarterbacks blind side. The Chargers should play it safe and grab a dependable and shockingly athletic left tackle like Ifedi, who can also jump in at right tackle if need be. The team could use depth at offensive line. Ifedi could be of immediate help.
No. 66 Overall: Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
Ever since the departure of Chargers great Nick Hardwick, the team has not found an answer at center. Martin could be a huge third round steal, as Notre Dame offensive lineman usually groove into great players. Martin has been compared to current center John Sullivan, who also went to Notre Dame. Martin is a great pass blocker, and an average run blocker. The main focus is protection Philip Rivers, so the Chargers should select Martin and he could progress into a huge player and leader of the offensive line.
No. 99 Overall: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
The Chargers are in need of some help at wide receiver. Malcolm Floyd is finished in San Diego. Antonio Gates won’t be able to carry the load for much longer. Keenan Allen is going to become big time, but he could use some help on the other side. Miller is an intriguing prospect, since he played quarterback for his first 4 years at Ohio State. The Buckeyes pass game wasn’t as efficient this year, but he showed he can play the position well. When he was targeted, Miller made defenders miss, and has improved his route running ability at a quick pace. Miller could mold into the position and be a huge helping hand for the Chargers. Let’s face it, the Bolts need someone who can make plays in open field since their run game has been non-existent for quite some time now.
No. 163 Overall: Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
Not one player on this teams defensive line in 2015 had over 3 sacks. The pass rush load was carried by Melvin Ingram. Johnson could very well be selected by this pick, but if he lasts he could be of huge help to San Diego. He’s a 325 lb defensive tackle who can help out in the pass rush, and the run stop. Johnson had six sacks and twelve tackles for losses in 2015. The Chargers need a force like him.
No. 194 Overall: Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky
Obviously the quarterback position isn’t an immediate need for the team, but it never hurts to add depth. The Chargers have Rivers for at least 3 more years, and he is in his 30’s now. Adding a backup who can be tutored by Rivers for a while, who is young and strong armed is not a bad idea. Doughty put up a great run at Western Kentucky, going 17-2 with the Hilltoppers.