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2013 Mock Draft Tracker 1.0
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With the 2012 season in the books, and the Scouting Combine just a few weeks away, the most popular event of the offseason is that much closer – the NFL Draft. For the next three months countless mock drafts will be written, distributed, and debated among football fanatics everywhere. In order to serve all Chargers fans, Chargers.com has compiled a list of who some top draft pundits are projecting the Chargers will select with the 11th pick in the draft.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.: OT Eric Fisher – Central Michigan
What he says: “Fisher is a tall player, but one that displays very good balance and isn't easily rattled by quickness or pass-rushers who can counter. He reminds you a little bit of Nate Solder, a left tackle who uses athleticism to handle the rush, and can drive effectively as a run-blocker.”
NFL.com’s Albert Breer: DT Star Lotulelei – Utah
What he says: “This active wide-body struggled with his weight and passion for the game while in Junior College, but Lotulelei (pronounced lo-too-leh-lay) has worked hard over the past couple of seasons to become the Pac-12’s best defensive lineman (20.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks over the last two years) and a probable first-round selection at nose tackle.”
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks: OT Eric Fisher – Central Michigan
What he says: “The top left tackle prospect of the senior class, Fisher opened scouts’ eyes with his pro-caliber frame and eye-popping agility in the open field, which he should be able to maintain while working in an NFL strength program. Among all other players, Fisher benefitted the most when two top junior tackle prospects decided to return for their senior season.”
NFL.com’s Gil Brandt: OLB Dion Jordan – Oregon
What he says: “Jordan's 2012 season ended on a down note, aggravating a shoulder injury during the team's bowl game. He will miss the Senior Bowl and part of the draft process because of it, but Jordan offers a unique blend of comfort in space, length, and pass rush ability. His box scores may not appeal to everyone, but Jordan was frequently asked to cover receivers or tight ends after lining up in the slot opposite them. His future appears to be at strongside linebacker in a four man front, with the ability to rush the passer, or as an outside linebacker in a three-man front.”
CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang: OT Eric Fisher – Central Michigan
What he says: “There are plenty of theories as to why Philip Rivers hasn't played up to his previous standards. Perhaps the most logical is the turnstile that he's been forced to overcome at left tackle. After a terrific effort at the Senior Bowl, San Diego would be fortunate to have Fisher still on the board. Often compared to former Chippewa Joe Staley, taken in the first round by San Francisco back in 2007 and the team's starting left tackle ever since, Fisher boasts even greater upside due to his better strength and toughness.”
CBSSports.com’s Dane Brugler: OT Eric Fisher – Central Michigan
What he says: “The Chargers have questions at both tackle spots and while they hope Jared Gaither is part of the solution, his durability remains to be a concern. Fisher cemented his top-15 status at the Senior Bowl and it wouldn't be surprising to see him go much higher than this.”
SI.com’s Don Banks: DT Star Lotulelei – Utah
What he says: “This might wind up far too low a slot for the talented Lotulelei, who is both versatile and athletic. As the first round's second 10 unfolds, the Chargers should be in good position to help themselves with either a defensive lineman like Lotulelei or a much-needed offensive tackle like Central Michigan's Eric Fisher.”
SBNation’s Matthew Fairburn: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “A former quarterback and tight end, Lane Johnson has developed into a bookend tackle prospect during his time at Oklahoma. He is very light on his feet and exhibits ideal body control in space. Johnson won't blow you away with his strength, but the upside warrants this pick for the Chargers, who badly need some help on the offensive line.”
USA Today’s Tony Pauline: CB DeMarcus Milliner – Alabama
What he says: “Milliner brings much-needed youth and talent to the position.” Read
The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed above represent those of individual authors and do not represent the opinions or policies of the San Diego Chargers' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives.