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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 free agency underway and a month to go until draft day, many mock drafts have been updated accordingly giving way to numerous changes from our first four trackers.
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks: OG Jonathan Cooper – North Carolina
What he says: “To get Philip Rivers back on track, the Chargers must keep him upright in the pocket. Cooper is a standout pass protector with the athleticism and movement skills to dominate in the run game.”
NFL.com’s Charley Casserly: OT Lane Johnson - Oklahoma
What he says: “The Chargers must do a better job protecting Philip Rivers.”
NFL.com’s Josh Norris: DT Star Lotulelei - Utah
What he says: “Antonio Garay is gone, and Lotulelei is an excellent talent to anchor the defensive line.”
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah: OT Lane Johnson - Oklahoma
What he says: “In this scenario, the Chargers are elated to see Johnson still on the board. He represents an enormous upgrade at the position and could very well end up being the top offensive lineman in this draft class.”
NFL.com’s Matt Smith: OG Chance Warmack – Alabama
What he says: “The Chargers would be ecstatic if Johnson slipped to this spot, and they'll also think long and hard about a wide receiver. But Warmack fills a serious need on that line. He's also likely to be the best player on the board at this point -- a win-win.”
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: OG Chance Warmack – Alabama
What he says: “The Chargers have questions at both tackle spots, but with the top three offensive tackle prospects off the board, they could focus on the interior, especially after losing Louis Vasquez in free agency. Warmack is a plug-and-play starter who will vastly help the Bolts' run game.”
CBSSports.com’s Pat Kirwin: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “The Chargers need a left tackle and Johnson could be the last of the first-round candidates. He's capable against speed rushers, but needs work against power. I would not be surprised to see a team jump over San Diego to snag Johnson.”
CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “He would step in and start right away at left tackle over King Dunlap.”
SBNation’s Dan Kadar: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “Current left tackle Jared Gaither has played a grand total of nine games for the Chargers in two seasons. While the defensive line will be a possible target with this pick as well, Corey Liuget is quickly becoming a very good five technique and Cam Thomas is at least serviceable at nose tackle. The talent at offensive tackle drops off dramatically after Johnson is off the board, but there will be plenty of defensive line talent in the second and third rounds.”
Bleacher Report’s Jesse Read: OG Chance Warmack – Alabama
What he says: “Philip Rivers only has a handful of good years left in the NFL, and if the Chargers want him to have success, the team must upgrade its offensive line. Warmack would bolster the team's running game in a major way, and he's also adept at blocking pass-rushers up the middle.”
Bleacher Report’s Tim Daniels: DT Star Lotulelei - Utah
What he says: “San Diego desperately needs to gets its offensive line issues figured out. There just isn't a player worth taking here, however, which means the Chargers should go with Lotulelei instead.”
Bleacher Report’s Stephen Sheehan: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “The only way for the Chargers to resurrect Phillip Rivers' career is to protect him. The days of Marcus McNeill are long gone. Lane Johnson might be seen as a project, but the former quarterback turned left tackle has a ton of upside due to his size and quickness.”
Bleacher Report’s Daine Pavloski: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “The Chargers can't gamble here. They need someone to protect Philip Rivers. Johnson doesn't necessarily have to come in right away, but he's a smart enough player that he can learn the playbook quickly and get into the game. The Chargers have been hanging on the periphery of the playoffs for a few years. A great lineman could help shore up their offense.”
Bolts from the Blue’s John Gennaro: DT Star Lotulelei– Nebraska
What he says: "Star Lotulelei fits what new GM Tom Telesco has been preaching as his draft strategy in that he’s the best player available with the No. 11 pick. He provides much-needed depth to the defensive line, which will help take pressure off the Linebackers and Secondary (both lacking talent and depth), while keeping the Chargers from having to use valuable cap space on Cam Thomas next offseason."
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.