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Opinion: Who Should the San Diego Chargers Select in the 2013 NFL Draft?

Jerome Watson predicts the selections of the San Diego Chargers for all seven rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft.


Get used to the word versatility in this mock. It's what a team with holes needs when you can't fill them all in one year..

1st Round: Pick 11

Kenny Vaccaro

#4 / Safety / Texas Longhorns




Kenny isn't a Strong Safety. He isn't a Free Safety. He is a combo Safety and one the San Diego Chargers have longed to pair with All-Pro Safety Eric Weddle. What I mean by 'combo Safety' is that he can come down and hit like a SS would and can cover a half field as good as any FS in this draft.

Vaccaro had multiple duties in his role as Safety for the Longhorns. He played centerfield, covered the flat zone, played press-man on slot receivers and was counted on to get to the QB when his number was called. If he can bring this same versatility to the Chargers, it will give Pagano more flexibility in his playcalling; rotating Weddle and him, making it difficult for opposing QBs to recognize coverage.

If they were to select Vaccaro, the Chargers would not necessarily need to draft a CB this year. Kenny can provide bracket help over the top in a Cover 2 and play man on slot receivers on third down, something Atari Bigby was atrocious at doing in 2012.

Honorable Mention: Alec Ogletree

2nd Round: Pick 45

Sio Moore

#3 / Linebacker / Connecticut Huskies




Second year in a row finding a stud out of UConn? Yes.

Sio Moore represents versatility at its finest and production at its finest. If you throw the tape on, there isn't a LB spot that he didn't play. In 12 games last season, Moore had 15.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks and 11 passes deflected. This is after he posted 16 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in his Junior campaign.

He may not have the polish inside like Ogletree but, as far as providing same chess piece, he will be just as valuable to the San Diego football team.

Early on, it'll be difficult to find where we can get the most production out of him. He's not the quite the edge sealer that Jarret Johnson is yet, so he can't come in and be Will/Sam. His pass rushing ability will give him edge over Larry English as 'Jack' backer on third down, and his speed and ability to run with tight ends can be an asset next to Donald Butler on passing downs.

3rd Round: Pick 76

Jonathan Jenkins

#6 / Defensive Lineman / Georgia Bulldogs




In my opinion, Jenkins is the purest NT in this draft. Space eater and underrated acceleration. He was dominant at the Senior Bowl and had a great outing versus highly regarded Chance Warmack, beating him for a sack.

I really don't think he's a third-round pick, I just believe the teams who still run a 3-4 (GB, NE, Bal, Pit) are set at NT already. Since he's not as agile as a B.J. Raji or Vince Wilfork, his two-down ceiling may cause him to slip.

In the Chargers' scheme, Jenkins starts right away and the depth on the D-line, by moving Cam Thomas back, is now solid. Kendall Reyes and Corey Liuget are known now and Jenkins allows at least one of them to continue to get single-blocked. Pagano can put together a power package with him, Cam, Kendall and Liuget and Jenkins can also be used to collapse a side a team is intent on running to.

4th Round: Pick 110

Brian Schwenke

#57 / Offensive Lineman / California Golden Bears




He's from San Diego, why wouldn't I pick him? In all seriousness, Schwenke is a flat out player and a nasty one at that. I broke him down here if you're interested in what his combine numbers and all of that were.

With Schwenke, the San Diego Chargers get potential and versatility. He played everywhere in the interior line for Cal and played each position at a high level. I really like the future of the Chargers interior line being Schwenke at LG, David Molk @ C and Johnnie Troutman @ RG. I believe it's a very atheltic group and a scrappy one. Something this line has been missing.

5th Round: Pick 145

Reid Fragel

#77 / Offensive Lineman / Ohio St. Buckeyes




I really like this kid and, like Jenkins, I really believe he won't be available....but I am definitely hoping that he will be.

Reid Fragel was a blocking TE in his junior year and made the switch to RT under Urban Meyer. His one year at the position may cause him to slide a bit, and being that RT may be his only ceiling he could slide some more.

He's 6'8" and definitely has room to add weight. He is very raw and, depending on the type of coaching he receives, he may be able to kick over to the left if need be. He doesn't block like most TE transfers to the position, he really gets after ends and seems to really enjoy it. He has a mean streak. He has attitude. He needs to be our Right Tackle of the future.

"The position itself just feels like home to me. I guess you can say I've always been a lineman at heart.."

-Reid Fragel

6th Round: Pick 179

Mike Catapano

#77 / Defensive End / Princeton Tigers




If you're here in California, you never seen this kid play. The East-West Shrine game is where he popped up on my and other people's radar.

Although Catapano wasn't invited to the NFL Combine, his numbers are really impressive. He picked up 12 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss for Princeton in 2012. He had 33 bench press reps at his pro day, 37" vertical (would've been second at combine behind Barkevious Mingo) and 4.7 40 yard dash.

Who he faced in college is what will cause him to fall this far and that's fine. He could be an absolute steal here. Many see him as a 4-3 Defensive End, but they also saw Shawne Merriman as one too. He's no 'Lights Out' by any means, but I do think he can stand up and produce. He would add a lot of versatility to this team and would bring his hardhat every day.

7th Round: Pick 221

Levine Toilolo

#11 / Tight End / Stanford Cardinal




Another San Diego native? A Helix Highlander at that? Indeed. I actually watched Levine grow up. His family took care of me as a child and his brother and I played AAU basketball together for about 5-6 years.

Levine didn't do well at the combine and should really just be camp body - sorry bud. His frame is an intriguing one though. He could be a goalline asset for the Chargers, but realistically there's probably no place for him on this roster after preseason.