FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: San Diego Chargers

With The Sixteenth Pick In the FanIQ Mock Draft, The San Diego Chargers Select...

4/20/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we'll feature picks from the San Diego Chargers, New York Jets and Denver Broncos. Every day until Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis. Making the next pick was Rob from Bolt Hype, for the San Diego Chargers at #16.

Here are the picks so far:

1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
5. Cleveland Browns - Micahel Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
7. Oakland Raiders - BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Everette Brown, LB, Florida State
9. Green Bay Packers - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
10. San Francisco 49ers - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
11. Buffalo Bills - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
12. Denver Broncos - Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
13. Washington Redskins - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
14. New Orleans Saints - Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
15. Houston Texans - Clay Matthews, LB, USC

The Chargers are an extremely talented team, but they still have some needs that they hope to address in this year's draft. The most important ones are (in order): Safety/cornerback, offensive tackle and defensive tackle. If there is no obvious choice available at that position with their #16 pick, then some other positions that could be addressed by the best player available include inside linebacker, tight end and wide receiver.

Malcolm Jenkins was taken with the #14 pick in this mock, but he would be an ideal choice for the Chargers. Tyson Jackson from LSU is also tempting. Rey Maualuga's name is being linked the to San Diego Chargers from multiple sources, and for good reason; the Chargers' defense proved vulnerable last year, especially up the middle. The loss of an impact player of Shawne Merriman's caliber certainly didn't help matters, but even by reaching into the depth chart the Chargers were never able to fully compensate for Merriman's loss, and they lacked consistent intensity all season long.

Maualuga is widely regarded as the NFL Draft's top middle linebacker prospect and a big reason why is that 'Sting Rey' is one of the most brutal tacklers in all of football. Even though the Chargers have good depth at linebacker, it would be foolish to think that a 3-4 defense can have too many good linebackers. Maualuga could be the second coming of Junior Seau and the San Diego-area holds holds Mr. Seau in high regard. The pick: Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
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4/20/09   |   uscfootball123

well i like mauluga a lot and the broncos need him but he deserves a better team then that and chargers are awesome

4/20/09   |   uscfootball123

I TOTALLY AGREE

4/20/09   |   uscfootball123

I LOVE MAULUGA HE IS FROM USC ROCK ON BEST PICK EVER IN HISTORY OF FOOTBALL AND I LIKE THE CHARGERS IM SO EXCITED AND HYPER...OMG... :) :) :) :) TIMES A MILLION

4/20/09   |   JKB37   |   2409 respect

Great pick!  I think he goes here in the real draft too.  Merriman and Maualuga..  It just sounds good..

4/20/09   |   snbslugger

I've been a fan since he introduced Erin Andrews to the intricacies of exotic Samoan dance. 

4/20/09   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

If they get him here...lucky

4/20/09   |   joshsanchez   |   57 respect

Great pick here, I think he should really be picked up by the Broncos though, he is exactly what that team needs.

4/20/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

 Yep ... looks like Rey is headed to SD in this draft. Also the Chargers are noted for always picking best Player available, even over need.