While watching prospects for months on end you find yourself falling for certain guys whether warranted or not there are players you get infatuated with. Some have that one trait that you can easily see translate at the next level, some are stupid strong, some are super athletes and some are just downright fun to watch. Obviously, the Chargers can’t draft every one of these players but I can justify any of these guys being taken, depending on the spot of course. Here are prospects my favorite football team should draft because they’ve become “my guys” to target in the draft:
Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes – Texas Tech
Air Raid Offense be damned; Mahomes has a great arm, vision, and command, throwing to where his receivers should be and also shows he can throw guys open. He’s Houdini in the pocket escaping would-be sacks at a high clip and has the electric playmaking ability that you can never quite count his team out of any game with Mahomes at the helm.
Running back: Joe Mixon – Oklahoma
I’ll take the football player any day of the week but I could definitely do without all the off the field stuff. Mixon is the best pass catching back in the class, he shows patience in the hole, has an incredible sense of balance and the ability to explode through the gaps in the line. He’s a weapon sideline to sideline, can make guys miss and lower his shoulder and bowl defenders over too. Mixon’s actions are indefensible and it’s a shame the NFL doesn’t do more about it but as a football player, Mixon is one the best backs in the class. Tyreek Hill committed an even more vile action (both wrong) but he was a difference maker for the Chiefs last year, there’s no getting around that.
Wide Receiver: Curtis Samuel – Ohio St.
Samuel played mostly as a Running Back as a Buckeye but will be a playmaker as a slot receiver in the NFL with a lot of room to grow. He ran a 4.31 40-time at the combine but not only is he a burner, Samuel runs tough. He’s like a sub-6 foot, mini-runaway train going downhill. Samuel does his best work in the quick passing game in open space and will add some special teams’ value with his blazing speed.
Tight End: David Njoku – Miami
Njoku has climbed up boards and some have him listed as the top Tight End in the class and I’m included in that group. He’s got a big frame but happens to also be a high-end athlete. Njoku has great body control to wall off DBs and get his frame open. He is also one of the hardest pass catchers to bring down when he gets the ball in his hands. Njoku has the highest ceiling of any of the Tight Ends in the class and he’s only 20 years old.
Offensive Tackle: Garett Bolles – Utah
Bolles has THE nastiest attitude of any Offensive Lineman in this class, every play he’s looking to put someone in the dirt. Bolles is athletic with his ability to get to the next level, seal a man or drive him while also quick enough to get outside against speed rushers. He’s got the skillset and attitude I want my offensive lineman to have; don’t believe me? This is what future 2017 draft pick Takkarist McKinley said of Bolles: "He's a prick. That's how all good Offensive Line should be. He got under my skin a few times." I want that “prick.”
Offensive Guard: Forrest Lamp – Western Kentucky
Lamp has the versatility with the capability of playing both Tackle or Guard. During Telesco’s press conference a few days ago he preached how health is key regarding prospects, well Lamp started 42 consecutive games in his college career. The kid is so smooth, he looks likes he glides to the 2nd level and he shoots out of his stance and is quick to engage. Lamp is very smart and has a firm grasp of his assignments. I’m not really sold that Lamp HAS to kick inside but I do think his highest potential with his athleticism and footwork would be at Guard, he’s the real deal.
Center: Pat Elflein – Ohio State
Elflein played Right Guard and was one of the best Guards in the country last year but because of injuries, the team asked him to slide to Center and spent all last year there. At a brand new position Elflein just so happened to win the 2016 Rimington Award for the nation’s best center. His technique is on point, explodes with his lower half and gains proper leverage at the line and is athletic enough to get to the next level. Elflein is the top overall Center in this class and the second best Guard behind Lamp and a first round talent in my book.