Ok my fellow Charger fans. Let me know your opinions about this possible draft situation. I know how bad everyone loves Lane Johnson and is hoping that either Philly or Arizona go defense so we can get him. I'm right there with you. But we also know how bad the Miami Dolphins need to replace Jake Long and their front office has expressed willingness to trade up in this years draft. So here's my ideal scenario come April 25th.
Lane Johnson falls to us at #11, but instead of taking him, we agree to trade 1st round picks with Miami (they pick right after us at #12) and we get their 2nd round pick (pick #42). This works for Miami because they get a stud left tackle, and it works for us because... we get Jonathan Cooper at pick #12, Terron Armstead at pick #42, and then we take Kyle Long with pick #45. Tom Telesco just pulled a hat trick and stacked the offensive line with possible immediate starters across the board!
This scenario would gives us the depth we need, and create a super competitive culture on the O-Line. We could go into the season with the projected starting lineup of: Terron Armstead, Jonathan Cooper, Nick Hardwick, Johnny Troutman, and Kyle Long. Give these guys a few games to gel with one of the best O-Line coaches in the league, Joe D'Alessandris, and I'd bet we'd have one of the best offenses halfway through the season. This would be the perfect draft for us Charger fans!
So to recap,
Round 1: Swap our #11 for Miami's #12 and #42, miss out on Lane Johnson. Draft Jonathan Cooper at #12.
Round 2: Take Terron Armstead at #42 and Kyle Long at #45.
Round 3: Take either Jonathan Jenkins (NT, Georgia) or Le'Veon Bell (RB, Michigan State). Why these guys? Jonathan Jenkins is 340lbs and has the build of a refrigerator. It is a known fact that to effectively run a 3-4 defense, you need a stud nose tackle to can take on multiple blockers. Remember Jamal Williams and how our defense was built around him? Shawn Merriman, Stephen Cooper and Shaun Phillips all played off of Jamal Williams anchoring the defensive line. Georgia's NT Jonathan Jenkins, is built just like Jamal Williams. Le'Veon Bell is 6'1 and 240 lbs. And he's 6% body fat... 6% holy crap!! Bell is an every-down back, a true workhorse (check out his college career). He can catch, block, and possess incredible agility for a guy his size. He lacks elite running back speed, which is why he probably wont go in the first two rounds. Either of these guys could immediately contribute; maybe not as starters but as rotational players with nose tackle Cam Thomas and running back Ryan Mathews, both of whom cannot carry the full load.
Rounds 4-7: Draft a MLB, CB, SS, and DE.
All right Charger fans, be brutal, let me know your thoughts!