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Mock Draft Tracker 2.0
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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.
With the scouting combine next week and the Senior Bowl in the books, there have been numerous changes since our first Mock Draft Tracker.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.: G Jonathan Cooper – North Carolina
What he says: “I wasn't sure exactly where San Diego would go, but as I talked to people there and also went back to the tape myself, I was surprised at how urgent the interior line situation has become. The run-blocking in particular was a total mess, and it put too much pressure on the passing game. The passing game, of course, also suffered from inconsistent blocking. We'll see how free agency plays out, but I think the Chargers could be ready to focus on problems up front. Cooper fits the bill, can start immediately and should be able to upgrade this unit.”
ESPN’s Todd McShay: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “Left tackle is the team's top need, and with the Chargers likely moving to a zone-blocking scheme, Johnson is a perfect fit. He could improve his overall strength and hand use, but Johnson has good mobility and can quickly develop into a solid pass protector for QB Philip Rivers, who has taken a beating in recent years.”
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 Daniel Jeremiah: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “I haven't been shy in expressing my feelings about Johnson's ability. He is just scratching the surface of how good he can become. The former junior college quarterback dominated at the Senior Bowl and would be an enormous upgrade at left tackle for the Chargers.”
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 benefited 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.”
Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer: OT Eric Fisher – Central Michigan
What he says: “If the Chargers plan to do a lot more with Philip Rivers and the running game under the new combination of coach Mike McCoy and coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, they need a rock at left tackle. Fisher would be a no-brainer here.”
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.”
SBNation’s Dan Kadar: CB Dee Milliner– Alabama
What he says: “Offensive line has been the go-to-pick for the Chargers in most mock drafts, but with the value Milliner presents, and both Jockel and Fisher off the board, the Chargers will have to wait to address the trenches.”
Bleacher Report’s Scott Carasik: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “Lane Johnson is a former quarterback and tight end who bulked up and moved to left tackle for the Oklahoma Sooners. He's one of the best pass-blockers in the entire draft this year and could eventually move up to being the top tackle off of the board.”
Bleacher Report’s Bryan Leifeste: DT Sheldon Richardson - Missouri
What he says: “The DT from Missouri will likely move out to DE in San Diego's 3-4 and he'll be good depth along the DL. Either way he's a good fit for the Chargers.”
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.