The Los Angeles Chargers should send Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson a big thank you card.
By signing Logan Ryan and Johnathan Cyprien, the Titans could very well look elsewhere in the NFL draft. They may shy away from secondary help. By doing that, Los Angeles has an opportunity to take the first safety off the board with the seventh pick in the NFL draft.
The Los Angeles Chargers have a new home and a new head coach. There is a chance to come out of the gate in a new stadium and prove they are better than 2016 would indicate. It all starts with Philip Rivers and continues with new head coach Mike Lynn. If both find chemistry early and often, this could be an exciting year for the former team from San Diego. Man, I hate saying that.
Rivers isn’t getting any younger, but he is still amongst the best signal callers in the NFL. Expect more of the same in new surroundings. Despite the fact that he asked for a trade to San Francisco once the 2016 season ended, he is firmly entrenched as the team’s leader. Rivers will continue to do so until the skills begin to erode.
For the Chargers to do anything this year, they must focus on getting better on stopping their opponents.
The Los Angeles Chargers have seven picks in this year’s draft. Presently they have needs in the secondary, on the offense of line, and depth at various positions. Like I said earlier this is the kind of draft that this team could improve with fairly quickly.
The biggest decision they have to make is which safety to choose at the number seven position. Each player, Jamal Adams or Malik Hooker, would make the Los Angeles secondary better instantaneously. I don’t see them going in any other direction. There has been some talk that may surprise everybody. Ultimately they may grab a quarterback, namely Deshaun Watson I just don’t see it happening. Rivers is still way too talented. Furthermore, he has plenty of miles left in the tank to get this team to the playoffs in the next year or so.
Here’s a look at my three-round NFL mock draft for the Los Angeles Chargers. And yes, it’s still difficult to say.
Round 1, Pick 7 – Jamal Adams, Defensive Back, LSU
I have heard through the grapevine, that Adams is as close to a sure thing is anybody in this draft. That said, the Los Angeles Chargers need more playmakers on defense, and after taking Joey Bosa last year with a third pick, this team goes back to the well and grabs another defensive star.
Adams is a hard and a vicious hitter. As well as being as close to a linebacker in the secondary as you will find. In fact, he is as much of a steal with a seventh pick as there ever was one. Moreover, his presence will help the Chargers improve a defense that has been good over the past few years, and will get better in a hurry.
Round 2, Pick 38 – Roderick Johnson, Offensive Tackle, FSU
Johnson was Florida State’s best offense of linemen in 2016 and figures to be an anchor on the Chargers line potentially for the next decade.
He was instrumental in opening holes for Dalvin Cook and has shown versatility. Similarly, he has the ability to play at both tackle spots. As a result, I like the fact that he has quick feet. Above all, he has a mean streak which will benefit him playing in the AFC West.
Los Angeles must get tougher up front if it wants to protect Phillips and open more holes from Melvin Gordon.
Round 3, Pick 71 – JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
Nice size at 6-foot-1. Therefore, I am actually surprised he didn’t do more in the Trojans offense this year. If he can become a solid No. 2 threat for the Chargers, then this becomes one of the better picks in the NFL draft.
He could also be beneficial in Los Angeles’s return game.
One thing Smith-Schuster must do on the next level is find consistency so he becomes a go-to threat opposite Keenan Allen.