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The folks over at Next Season Sports asked me to participate in a mock draft.  Many of the prospects we have already discussed were taken including the best of the inside linebackers, but surprisingly one of the top OTs was still available.  I picked him; the Chargers will be pretty fortunate if they can do that in the actual draft.  Take a look and how you might have chosen.  It might take a little bit before the Chargers pick is posted.  Here is the text that will go up:

With the sixteenth pick the Chargers take tackle Jason Smith out of Baylor.  The Chargers have a number of needs this season including Offensive Tackle or Guard, Safety, Inside Linebacker, Defensive End, Nose Tackle and perhaps running back.  Of those needs Tackle can be a tough skill position to fill and Smith seems like a total value at number sixteen.  The Chargers current guard, Mike Goff is leaving as a free agent.  He was less productive and the right side of the line struggled all year.  The current thinking is that the Chargers can bring in a new tackle and shift current Right Tackle Jeromy Clary to the guard position.

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Jason Smith

Jason Smith has been especially good in pass blocking and Norv Turner has the Chargers changing to be more of a pass oriented team.  This pick could solidify the line for the foreseeable future.  There are still big needs on the defensive side of the ball; but Jason Smith is just too tempting here.