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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 in the books and free agency underway, most mock drafts have been updated accordingly giving way to numerous changes from our first three trackers.
ESPN’s Todd McShay: OT Lane Johnson - Oklahoma
What he says: “The Chargers can't afford to gamble. They'll be fortunate if Johnson lasts this long. He's still developing, but it's obvious on tape that his arrow is pointing way north. He has made huge strides at offensive tackle -- and remember, he was a quarterback at Kilgore Community College just a few years ago. He also has had stops at tight end, defensive end and right tackle before landing at left tackle in 2012. Johnson can become a standout left tackle in the NFL if his hands continue to improve and if he keeps getting stronger. “
ESPN’s Mel Kiper: OT Lane Johnson - Oklahoma
What he says: “A really good player who is only going to get better, Johnson can become the successor to Jared Gaither at left tackle. Injuries along the offensive line have really weakened the offense over the past couple of seasons, and Philip Rivers has taken a step back because of it. Johnson, a former junior college quarterback, is a pretty gifted athlete for his size, and has been a star during the evaluation process going on now. “
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks: DT Sharrif Floyd – Florida
What he says: “San Diego would love to upgrade the offensive line with this pick, but Floyd is a versatile interior defender who can play anywhere along the Chargers' defensive line.”
NFL.com’s Charles Davis: DT Star Lotulelei – Utah
What he says: “Lotulelei had a heart-condition scare in Indianapolis, and NFL teams will await the results of further testing. If everything checks out, the Chargers get an active, versatile front man.”
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah: WR Cordarrelle Patterson – Tennessee
What he says: “Pass rusher is a possibility with this pick, but the Chargers could use another weapon for Philip Rivers. Patterson would provide the explosive element in the passing game that was missing following the departure of Vincent Jackson.”
Fox Sports’s Peter Schrager: OG Chance Warmack – Alabama
What he says: “Manti Te’o still is having nightmares over the manhandling Warmack gave him in the BCS Championship Game. He’s not alone. Chance — apparently named after the dog in the movie “Homeward Bound 2” — was a man among boys in college. At just 6-2, 317 pounds, he measured in a bit smaller than I expected in Indianapolis. He’s still a can’t-miss here, if you’re the Chargers. They’d likely rather have Fisher or Joeckel, but Warmack is a Day One starter, too.”
Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “The bad news is the Chargers would need to trade up to get Joeckel or Fisher. The good news is Johnson is on the rise as an athletic left tackle prospect. They shouldn't hesitate to take him and install him immediately as Philip Rivers' blindside pass protection, a glaring weakness of late.”
CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “There are plenty of theories as to why Phillip Rivers hasn't played up to his previous standards in recent years. The biggest, literally and figuratively, might be the turnstile the Chargers have employed at left tackle since Marcus McNeill's abrupt retirement two years ago. Johnson, a former JUCO quarterback, defensive end and tight end, has grown into a standout tackle, who proved in his stellar play in the Big 12, at the Senior Bowl and combine workouts that he has the strength and athleticism to remain on the blindside.”
CBSSports.com’s Dane Brugler: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
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. Johnson has steadily climbed draft boards over the past eight months and won't last long in the first round with his natural skill-set.”
SBNation’s Dan Kadar: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “The Chargers' need for offensive line help can't be understated. The athletic Johnson can be used on the left or right side.”
Bleacher Report’s Ryan Riddle: OG Chance Warmack – Alabama
What he says: “Chance Warmack slips out of the top 10 in this mock after a relatively disappointing display at the NFL Scouting Combine. But he doesn't fall too far, and San Diego will race to the podium to take a guy that many consider to be the best player in the draft.”
Bleacher Report’s Joseph Zucker: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “The San Diego Chargers would be crazy to go with anything but an offensive tackle here. Fisher could be available at No. 11. More likely, the Chargers will be targeting Lane Johnson. He doesn't look to be the kind of prospect that Fisher or Joeckel is, but Johnson looks to be in that same kind of mold. Johnson is mobile for his size and can contribute in both run blocking and pass blocking.
Bleacher Report’s Michael Moraitis: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “Johnson had a stellar combine that saw him top both Fisher and Joeckel in the bench press and 40-yard dash. Not to mention, Johnson displayed some sensational footwork that will help make him a great all-around blocker. The Oklahoma product was once thought to be a late first-rounder, but he now appears to be creeping into the top 10 or somewhere near it as draft day approaches.The Chargers were unable to get their passing attack off the ground last season because of poor offensive line play. Johnson should help in the pass protection as well as opening things up to the outside for San Diego's running game.”
Bleacher Report’s Jon Dove: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “The San Diego Chargers offense and Philip Rivers struggled last season in large part because of issues along the offensive line. They lacked the players in position to keep edge-rushers out of the backfield. This is why it makes sense for them to target someone like Lane Johnson. Johnson is a bit raw, but his athleticism will immediately increase the effectiveness of the Chargers' pass protection. It's hard to imagine them passing on an opportunity to improve the offensive line. However, there's a chance all the first-round tackles are off the board by pick No. 1.”
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. Read