With the NFL combine established to kick off afterwards this 7 days, it is secure to say we are formally smack dab in the center of the NFL draft season. The combine is usually wherever mock drafts at some point get started creating sense and paint a clearer image on which positions and players teams will get started to concentration their consideration on. A single of the extra common themes in most pre combine mock drafts have had the Los Angeles Chargers picking a defensive deal with with their initially round range of this decades NFL draft. The reasoning is reasonable, “with the range of So and So, the Chargers eventually fortify the center of their defensive line…” or “Imagine pairing this defensive deal with prospect up with Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa…” Yea yea yea blah blah blah, I have listened to this all before the final few of decades from mock draft gurus.
The Chargers picking a defensive deal with in round just one has formally come to be the new cliche’ that replaced the old mantra “The Chargers eventually swap Eric Weddle at the protection position and get Gus Bradley his heart area cost-free protection to be the Earl Thomas in his defense.” Sorry Bolts followers, I am about to allow you all in on a top secret Los Angeles will NOT be drafting a defensive deal with in the initially round of the 2019 NFL Draft and in this article is why:
Former DRAFT Traits
Chargers GM, Tom Telesco has been with the workforce for six decades now. All through his tenure as Los Angeles’ Common Manager, it is secure to say he has exhibited specific patterns for his initially round choices in each and every draft he has been a section of.
Lets take a seem at all the players he took in the initially round given that 2013: D.J. Fluker, Jason Verrett, Melvin Gordon, Joey Bosa, Mike Williams, and Derwin James. What do all of these players have in typical? All of these players played positions of need for the Chargers at that time. Telesco’s draft method in the initially round tends to be drafting for need instead of very best participant available. I am not saying these were being poor picks, all I am saying is drafting for need is his initially round inclination. Some followers could argue about final decades range of Derwin James and how the strong protection position was not that of need. Nevertheless, if it wasn’t for the Buffalo Expenses buying and selling forward of the Chargers to pick Tremaine Edmunds, then we would be owning a substantially unique conversation for the reason that the former Virginia Tech linebacker would be moving into his next year with the Bolts, on top of that proving my stage.
There is also another trend in L.A.’s initially round picks. Due to the fact 2013, the Chargers have alternated amongst offensive and defensive players each and every other year. When that could be coincidental at initially, allows take a seem at the final two drafts less than Telesco and Lynn. Their initially draft jointly had them picking 3 offensive players in the initially 3 rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft. How did they adhere to that up in 2018? By picking 3 defensive players in the initially 3 rounds the adhering to year.
This is not to say that Los Angeles will pick 3 offensive prospects in the initially 3 rounds of this decades draft. But it is secure to say that the Chargers have taken significant steps final year to re form their defense in Gus Bradley’s mould and will now change their concentration on the offensive aspect of the ball in round just one.
THE Benefit Is not THERE
Los Angeles has the 28th decide on in this decades draft. Most of the penetrating/ disruptive 3 strategy defensive tackles that teams covet will most probable be selected prior to when the Chargers are on the clock. Now if for some magical motive an Ed Oliver, or a Christian Wilkins or even a Rashan Gary is available when L.A. is prepared to make their decide on, then sure, Telesco and business would rush up to the podium to pick just one of the aforementioned players stated. Nevertheless, because of to the injury sustained by Mississippi Condition defensive deal with, Jeffery Simmons, there is just one considerably less defensive deal with in this decades draft to force the previously described players down the board to the Chargers.
Now a lot of mock drafts have Los Angeles having former Clemson Tiger defensive deal with Dexter Lawrence with the 28th decide on. At the time yet again the logic is there the Chargers need to come across a substitution for Brandon Mebane. Nevertheless, I come across it tough to think L.A. would commit a initially round decide on in a two down, operate stuffing, defensive deal with specifically just one who was suspended for PEDs. Tom Telesco and the Chargers have a tendency to shy away from controversial players and target superior character soccer players (even to the detriment of the workforce at occasions).
Enthusiasts can also overlook the concept of pairing Bosa and Ingram up with former Notre Dame defensive deal with, Jerry Tillery for the exact same causes previously mentioned. Tillery (just one of my draft crushes) is regarded by some, to be an inconsistent entire time defensive deal with who has had a lot of behavioral troubles in college or university (suspended for the Fiesta Bowl video game versus Ohio Condition for violating workforce principles and various soiled performs versus USC wherever he deliberately shoved an hurt Trojan participant in the head and then stepped on another player’s foot on function). At the time yet again, I question the Chargers would commit in a defensive deal with that could be limited to only initially and next down who also has somewhat of a pass.
BARGAINS TO BE Had IN Absolutely free Agency
The 2019 NFL draft is deep at the inside defensive line position. That is wonderful for teams searching to produce pressure up the center, a trend that has distribute like wildfire more than the final few of decades. But do you know who that is poor for? The cost-free brokers that will be searching for a workforce through a time when teams will opt to draft young, much less expensive solutions instead of the superior priced veterans. Tom Telesco, “The Coupon God” will come across a bunch of solutions to swap the huge entire the Chargers have in the center of their defensive line. The listing of inside defensive line cost-free brokers consist of Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ndamukong Suh, Danny Shelton, and Malcom Brown. That is also not to point out players that are on the verge of getting cap causalities like Malik Jackson or Marcell Dareus. So even however the 2019 NFL Draft is loaded with superior top quality inside defensive lineman it is cost-free company that will confirm to be the greater cut price/move for the Chargers to fulfill their defensive deal with requirements.
Tom Telesco and the Chargers will be picking a deal with with the 28th range of this decades draft. Nevertheless, that deal with will be that of an offensive nature, not a defensive just one. With the Chargers searching to cost-free company to tackle their need in the center of the defensive line, I think Anthony Lynn will seem to create upon an improving upon offensive line that deteriorated in the direction of the conclude of final season. Now which offensive deal with will they target? That I do not know nonetheless. I guess we all just have to be out on the lookout for the post combine and pro day rumor mills for that answer!