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2015 NFL Draft: San Diego Chargers select RB Melvin Gordon with 15th overall pick

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After trading with the San Francisco 49ers to go from 17th to 15th in the first round, the San Diego Chargers selected RB Melvin Gordon from Wisconsin.

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The San Diego Chargers gave up plenty to move up two spots in the first round of the NFL Draft...

Then they made things worse by drafting a running back in the first round despite the fact that you should never draft a running back in the first round.

Let me restate that, because I'm going to be sick. The Chargers didn't use a first round draft pick on a running back when they selected Melvin Gordon. That would've been stupid. They used a first round, fourth round, AND fifth round pick to get a running back. That is idiocy.

(Editor's Note: Sorry. I try to keep me opinion out of these draft pick writeups, but the team just traded away a ton to pick the exact guy I didn't want them to draft. So, I'm going to vent.)

Did the Chargers not learn their lesson about drafting RBs in the first round from Ryan Mathews? Who is going to answer the tough questions when the team is paying a ton of money to Donald Brown, spending several valuable picks on Melvin Gordon, and the team's best RB is still (the formerly undrafted) Danny Woodhead?

Melvin Gordon projects to be something like a slower Reggie Bush, who was very much available as a bargain free agent this offseason, and he'll likely be thrusted into the role of starting RB even though he was basically run into the ground at Wisconsin over the last few years. Expectations will be high, unfortunately.

The San Diego Chargers still don't have a real starter at RG, have no defensive linemen signed past this season, and have only two pass-rushers. Don't worry though, everything will be fine.