Melvin Ingram (South Carolina) is introduced as the number eighteen overall pick to the San Diego Chargers in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
This will be the only time I ever say this, but I really hope you don't follow the BFTB Twitter account. Or, I at least hope that you were so busy in the BFTB Open Thread that you weren't paying attention to Twitter. Why? Well, I kind of melted down.
It's not my fault. As much as Melvin Ingram was the guy that I was enamored with during the college football season, I have stated over and over again that I don't see a reason for the team to draft an OLB in the first round. Not this year. Not in A.J. and Norv's "last year". Why would you draft someone to fill a spot (OLB) that you just signed a Free Agent (Jarret Johnson) to fill? I was confused. I was angry. It got ugly.
Then, I started seeing hope. Ingram is the better all-around player, potentially, so maybe this pushes Johnson to the bench. Yes, that sounds wonderful. Johnson is a mentor, a locker room leader and he's there in a pinch if Ingram or Shaun Phillips get hurt. He's the 2012 version of Travis LaBoy and Ingram is the 2012 version of Larry English (without injuries). This could work!
Just then....the fear took hold of me....
How long before Johnson is officially named the starter now? 10 minutes? 15?— Bolts From The Blue (@BFTB_Chargers) April 27, 2012
13 minutes later....
AAARRRRGGGGGHHHH RT @SDchargersdude: DC John Pagano: Johnson and SP are our starters right now.— Bolts From The Blue (@BFTB_Chargers) April 27, 2012
Yeah. So I'm drinking scotch and wondering who will be playing Strong Safety in Week 6 of the 2012 season for the San Diego Chargers. Is there someone in Round 2 that wouldn't be terrible? Do you think the Vikings would listen to offers for Harrison Smith? Does anyone have Clinton Hart's number?
Positions the Chargers still need to address in the next two days include RB, TE, OL, SS and CB.