San Diego Chargers: DE Jerry Hughes, TCU -- And speaking of late draft-board jumpers, teams are finding more and more to like about Hughes. His ridiculous speed and ability to get after the quarterback will prove indispensable to the Chargers, who have some key decisions to make with their front seven in the next few seasons.
I read the above and after my initial shock-and-awe I thought about this pick. 1st off let me say that I love this kid and what he did in his collegiate career. A DE that was converted from RB when he was brought to TCU and never looked back. He truly terrorized his opponents. Now with all that being said is he a 4-3 DE or a 3-4 OLB? Personnally I think he is a 4-3 DE - I do not think he is built to be a DE for the 3-4. Needless to say though it would be an interesting pick to say the least but it would mean a couple of things.
If we are going to pick him here, a worthy 1st rounder, then either our personnel managers have more faith in our front 3 than I do, or their plan is to solidify our defensive side of the ball as a priorty and pickup a RB somewhere in rounds 3 - 6. We still need a solid 3-down NT no matter what we do. A dominant NT in a 3-4 makes EVERYONE on the defense better - everyone. But no matter how much I like this kid, I just don't think this is the right move for our defense - you can only have so many LBs on the field, and we are already pretty deep here. Let's just say we do this in round 1, draft the best NT in Round 2, and pick up a solid DB in Round 3 (or vice-versa) then I say this draft works out, otherwise I think this is a bad play.