It's Friday, let's play pretend and mock up a draft for just the San Diego Chargers:
|Round 1||Justin Houston||OLB||Georgia||Houston played in the 3-4 for the Bulldogs and finished 2nd in the SEC to top prospect Nick Fairley in sacks. Experience, combined with athleticism and a team need make him a good fit for this spot.|
|Round 2.1||Rahim Moore||S||UCLA||Moore is the only player in the entire draft that really makes sense playing a FS role in the NFL. He can also play up in the box, but he's at his best using his speed and agility to make plays in coverage. With him in the fold and Weddle re-signed and playing up in the box you should have a good complimentary tandem.|
|Round 2.2||Leonard Hankerson||WR||Miami||I really like Hankerson and feel he got underrated during the season. So far in his workouts he's started to show scouts that he has the hands along with already known speed and size to play the position. It may be a stretch to expect him to last this long, but it's not impossible at this point in the process.|
|Round 3.1||Marcus Gilchrist||CB||Clemson||When you get to the 3rd round you'd like to think you can still get a prospect that could one day start. Gilchrist has the speed to play CB in the NFL and he's very experienced at returning kicks, which is a need for the team. Also, the 3rd and 4th spots at CB in 2011 are up for grabs.|
|Round 3.2||Nate Irving||ILB||North Carolina St.||The Chargers are likely to lose some depth at ILB and Irving would have instincts and skills to step in and make up for that. He's also a Stephen Cooper-like prospect that won't be the best athlete on the field, but would be a leader and play smarter than everyone else.|
|Round 6||Mario Fannin||RB||Auburn||Round 6 seems as good a time as any to take a flier on a 3rd string RB. Fannin was overshadowed as a runner by Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, but he's a nice little RB that can be useful in the passing game.|
The Chargers should also get some compensatory picks for losing Kassim Osgood and Brandon Manumaleuna, but those aren't known yet. The Chargers gave up their 4th and 5th round picks when they made draft day trades last year and dealt away their 7th round to acquire Patrick Crayton.