Feeling Drafty #18: San Diego Chargers

April 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm (Sports) (, , , , , , , , )

Love him or hate him, San Diego QB Philip Rivers is an elite quarterback who can get the ball to anyone. He earned the San Diego Team MVP Award

Every season, I hear some analyst on ESPN or NFL Network say that their pick to win the Super Bowl is the San Diego Chargers.  And why wouldn’t they?  The Chargers had the most offensive yards, and allowed fewest defensive yards.  So why is it that the Chargers couldn’t even make the playoffs last season?

Well, for one thing, that’s only two-thirds of the game.  There’s also special teams, and the Chargers have one of the worst special teams defenses I’ve ever seen.  Other than that, I’m at a loss.  They just must not get along with each other, because this should be an elite team.  Sure there are holes at certain positions, like wide receiver, defensive end, and linebacker, but what team doesn’t have holes?  Good teams work around their holes.  Example:  Green Bay’s offensive line is terrible, so what’s Green Bay’s solution?  Aaron Rodgers gets more mobile.  So maybe San Diego isn’t as good a team as people seem to think.

So, which hole does San Diego fill first?  Well, I don’t think that they need to worry about wide receivers, because as long as Philip Rivers is throwing, somebody will catch it.  Based on what I saw last season, when Rivers led the NFL in passing yards with such illustrious names as Legadu Naanee, Seyi Ajirotutu, Patrick Crayton, and Buster Davis, he could probably get a 7-90-2 performance out of me.

And as for linebacker, there aren’t any linebackers I’d take this early who aren’t named Von Miller, Robert Quinn, or Akeem Ayers (and Quinn isn’t even a college linebacker, he’s a defensive end).  I’ll have another (converted) linebacker in this series, but he won’t be drafted until much later in the first round.

Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan is a high velocity, powerful DE who has no business falling this far, except for the fact that he's in possibly the best DL class ever.

That only leaves defensive end.  There are still plenty of solid D-linemen on the board, but San Diego should go with Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan.  Kerrigan is another player who could potentially switch to  OLB, but I don’t see that happening.  He’s a fierce player, who can’t be stopped once he gets started.  He is currently tied for the record for the most fumbles forced in a FBS college career with 14.  He was also the winner of the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year.

This is just one piece of the puzzle for San Diego though.  If they couldn’t stay consistent with the best offense and the best defense in the NFL, I’m not sure what they can do.

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