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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 10 days to go before the big day, many mock drafts have changed from when we first started documenting who experts think the Bolts will choose.
ESPN’s Todd McShay: OG Jonathan Cooper – UNC
What he says: “The absolute best-case scenario for the Chargers -- who can't really afford to trade up -- is to see (Lane) Johnson fall to this spot. However, should they put together a package, this pick could be part of an offer that gets them up to No. 6. Scenario 2: (Chance) Warmack would be a better fit for the Chargers' power run game. However, Cooper is an exceptional talent who would add some bulk and a desperately needed upgrade to an offensive line that didn't find long-term answers in free agency.”
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks: DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo - LSU
What he says: “Mingo is not a finished product at this point, but his combination of speed and quickness gives him a chance to develop into a double-digit sack producer as a pro.”
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah: OG Chance Warmack - Alabama
What he says: “Warmack would be a welcome addition in the effort to better protect Philip Rivers in 2013.”
NFL.com’s Charles Davis: OG Chance Warmack - Alabama
What he says: “The Chargers have a big need for a starting LT, but the top three candidates are gone by this pick. Still, the O-line as a whole needs help, and the selection of the mammoth Warmack brings a smile to QB Philip Rivers' face. (Though don't put it past the Chargers to try to move up and get one of those OTs.)”
SI.com’s Don Banks: OG Jonathan Cooper – UNC
What he says: “As long as the Chargers come out of the first round with any of the top five offensive linemen or two best defensive tackle prospects, they'll have every right to declare victory. In Cooper, San Diego would acquire a building-block piece to help restock an offensive line that disintegrated last season.”
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 Jonathan Cooper – UNC
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. Cooper gives San Diego positional versatility to play either center or guard for the Bolts.”
CBSSports.com’s Pat Kirwin: DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo – LSU
What he says: “The Chargers would love a left tackle here, but that looks less likely every week. Mingo is a super athlete who has pass rush skills. If they want Lane Johnson, they should give Cleveland a call at No. 6.”
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: “I don't know if it's a guard or tackle, but I do know the Chargers draft an offensive lineman here. They can't leave Philip Rivers unprotected another season.”
CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson: CB Dee Milliner – Alabama
What he says: “Everyone wants to talk about the Bolts lack of an offensive line and I don't disagree one bit. But who are they taking at 11 if the top-five talents are off the board? San Diego's got a need at cornerback too, and adding Milliner at this position is solid value.”
Bleacher Report’s Dan Hope: OG Jonathan Cooper – UNC
What he says: “Even if they miss out on the top three offensive tackles, drafting the best available offensive lineman would be a smart decision for the San Diego Chargers in Round 1. Guards are not typically valued as top-15 draft picks, but North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper has the talent to be an exception to that rule. Cooper is a terrific all-around guard prospect who has rare athleticism and foot skills for the position, but he is very well-rounded with a good power game as well. Alabama's Chance Warmack is also a tremendous guard prospect who could be considered here, but Cooper gets the edge in my book due to his movement skills.”
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.