I think our biggest needs are at LT, NT, OLB, CB, RB, G, and SS. I have taken a look at several potential first round prospects and at this point, I would be happy with one of these guys in a Chargers uniform. Let's get started at number five.
#5) Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. CB, Oregon. This DB class is said to be the weakest to come out in years but I have to admit, I like Ekpre-Olomu's ability as a football player. In particular, I really like the instincts he flashes when he goes for the football and from what I hear, he can create turnovers in the secondary; an area where the Chargers need to improve drastically. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is a good football player who can help the San Diego Chargers secondary. Though it may be unclear whether or not he can make an instant impact for the Chargers, you can't argue with his collegiate production.
#4) Kyle Van Noy. OLB, Brigham Young University. This draft is loaded with talented pass-rushers but my favorite has to be Kyle Van Noy from BYU. I see a complete OLB who plays with hustle and a hard hitter to boot. He and Melvin Ingram would be a deadly pass-rushing combination for years to come in San Diego.
#3) Cameron Erving. OT, Florida State. The Chargers currently have King Dunlap at LT and while he has been playing well, he has also suffered two concussions a few weeks apart. Tom Telesco made a great investment in D.J. Fluker and he should continue to strengthen the OL. Adding a prospect like Irving would be a very sound investment in protecting Phillip Rivers because he has a very smooth skillset when it comes to pass-protecting and run-blocking.
#2) Louis Nix. DT, Notre Dame. A team that runs a 3-4 defense should know that a 3-4 lives and dies by its NT and this is not a slight to starting DT Cam Thomas but Thomas seems better suited for the 3rd down/obvious passing situation role on the defense. Nix is said to be the best NT prospect in the draft and inserting him between Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes should open up the front seven entirely, thus enhancing the pass-rush. A potential DL combo of Reyes-Nix-Liuget would set our DL for the next decade.
#1) Antonio Richardson. OT, Tennessee. Take what I said about Erving and substitute his name for Richardson's but keep this in mind. When I see Richardson, I see a LT version of D.J. Fluker. A mountain of a man but with the footwork necessary to survive at the LT position. If the Chargers take a LT in the first round, they would have the OT position set for the next decade.
Honorable mentions: Khalil Mack, Mike Evans
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