The Super Bowl is over. The Patriots won after completing the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history (by more than double) and the 2016 season is officially in the books.
So now we move on to the fun that is the NFL offseason. One of the biggest parts of the offseason is the NFL draft, and part of that process has already begun. The Senior Bowl and East West Shrine game have already happened. Regional Combines start this week, and the big 2017 NFL Scouting Combine happens at the beginning of March.
This early on in the process there is almost nothing set in stone. For example, with Free agency still outstanding, we do not know whether the team will be keeping Melvin Ingram or not, we don’t know whether the team will be releasing any of the starting offensive linemen from last year. However, we are far enough along to start identifying players we like.
Here are 3 players different members of the staff like at this point in the process.
Kyle Posey - Marshon Lattimore/CB/Ohio State, Malik McDowell/DE/Michigan State, Takkarist McKinley/EDGE/UCLA
“The Chargers have several needs & CB is high on the list. While I think pass rush is more important, what they do with Ingram will give us a better idea. Whether they bring him back or not, if we're going for best available, that's Lattimore, who is 1 of the top 5 players in the draft. Bradley loves long CBs who can run and hit. This is a need, value & fit pick all in 1.”
Ruben - Malik McDowell/DE/Michigan State, Corey Davis/WR/Western Michigan, Jamal Adams/S/LSU
“My choice for Adams is easy. He looks polished. He is fearless. He reminds me of Steve Atwater. I'm tired of seeing missed tackles from the last level. Adams will be plug and play for the next 10 years. I also like Corey for selfish reasons here, mainly because I’m a believer that you cant have enough weapons on the offensive side of the ball, though I’m not too happy with Corey's injury at this moment. Just imagine the possibilities if Corey is in fact the real deal. I also like McDowell because the more my BFTB draft brethren talk about him, the more he seems like that one player who gets better in the pros. He's nasty and nasty should be the no.1 trait for an edge rusher.”
Jamie Hoyle - Malik McDowell/DE/Michigan State, Derek Barnett/EDGE/Tennessee, Jonathan Allen/DL/Alabama
“I think we could see three QB's in the top six picks, pushing Allen down the board. I have a draft crush on McDowell and want him playing opposite Joey Bosa, but any of those three would dramatically upgrade the talent and production on the DL.”
Louis Gorini - Jonathan Allen/DL/Alabama, Derek Barnett/EDGE/Tennessee, Jamal Adams/S/LSU
Derrick Browne - Jamal Adams/S/LSU, Tim Williams/EDGE/Alabama, Jonathan Allen/DL/Alabama
“Adams has been my pick since day 1. I just feel like he's the best safety in the draft. Fixes a huge need and it's always nice to have a safety who can actually tackle”
Garrett Sisti - Malik McDowell/DE/Michigan State, Derek Barnett/EDGE/Tennessee, Jonathan Allen/DL/Alabama
“Long term, the idea of getting a big body like Allen or McDowell on that line is beneficial considering the likely switch to a 4-3, plus add that Brandon Mebane is 32 and Corey Liuget is playing like 32 is his rating in Madden. I hold to the fact that Barnett will be the pick though.”
Matthew Stanley - Corey Davis/WR/Western Michigan, Jamal Adams/S/LSU, Takkarist McKinley/EDGE/UCLA
“Corey Davis would be a fantastic addition and a little added insurance for our WR group who is constantly injured. A vote for Corey is a vote for fun. Adams and Takk are also play makers that would come in and start on the Chargers from day 1. If the team keeps Ingram, I’d change Takk for McDowell.”
Who do you have on your board at this point? Keep checking with us here at BFTB as draft season progresses for Chargers draft content.