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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 less than three weeks to go until draft day, many mock drafts have changed from when we first started documenting who experts thought the Bolts would choose.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr.: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
What he says: “There's nothing more important for the Chargers than finding their future at left tackle. A good player who is only going to get better, Johnson can become the successor to Jared Gaither. Injuries along the offensive line have really diminished 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.”
ESPN’s Todd McShay: DT Star Lotulelei – Utah
What he says: “San Diego is in desperate need of an offensive tackle, but there is no tackle on the board worth this pick. And with the Chargers' roster having become so watered down recently, they are in a position to simply draft the best players available. Lotulelei's ideal fit is as a 3-4 end, but he has the versatility to play nose tackle and increase the flexibility of the defensive front alongside Kendall Reyes and Corey Liuget. With his strong hands, nimble feet and range, Lotulelei brings plenty to the table.”
NFL.com’s Akbar Gbajabiamila: S Kenny Vaccaro – Texas
What he says: “The Chargers could use someone to complement Eric Weddle in the secondary. Vaccaro has an NFL bloodline -- his uncle, A.J. Johnson, played for San Diego in 1995 -- and he can bring a physical presence to this defense.”
NFL.com’s Gil Brandt: CB Xavier Rhodes - Florida State
What he says: “Rhodes is very good at press coverage, but he has work to do when it comes to playing off coverage. I talked to him recently; he recognizes that weakness and says he is working on correcting it.”
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.”
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: OLB Barkevious Mingo – LSU
What he says: “The Chargers would have grabbed OT Lane Johnson if he was still on the board but he’s moving up these days. Mingo gives them a fine defensive end with OLB athletic skills.”
CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco: OLB Jarvis Jones – Georgia
What he says: “The pass rush needs help and this kid made a ton of plays.”
CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge: OG Jonathan Cooper – UNC
What he says: “He might be the right fit for Tennessee, but if he slips he doesn't get past the Chargers. Now, more than ever, they need to protect Philip Rivers.”
CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson: OG Jonathan Cooper – UNC
What he says: “The Bolts might prefer one of the top tackles falling to this spot in order to protect Philip Rivers’ blindside, but they'll live with vastly improving the offensive line thanks to Cooper's athleticism and sneaky strength.”
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.”
Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager: OG Chance Warmack - Alabama
What he says: “Warmack — apparently named after the dog in the movie “Homeward Bound 2” — was a man amongst boys in college at Alabama. At just 6-foot-2, 317 pounds, he measured in a bit smaller than I expected at the Combine. He’s still a can’t-miss here, if you’re the Chargers. They’d likely rather have Fisher, Johnson, or Joeckel, but Warmack is a Day 1 starter, too. Watching film of Philip Rivers from a season ago, it’s amazing how little time he had in the pocket. I’d be surprised if San Diego didn’t address its offensive line with this pick.”
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.