HAMID KOLAHDOUZ. Sports Columnist.
On May 10, NFL fans will finally get their first major taste of the new season with the NFL draft.
Luckily for the Chargers, the draft is considered one of the deepest in years by NFL scouts and teams and is full of talented underclassmen, possibly making it a more important draft than next year’s in terms of long term development.
The Chargers’s front office is professional and tight lipped about their draft thoughts but due to obvious team needs, a cornerback, like Jason Verrit from TCU or Kyle Fuller from Virginia Tech, will likely be the chosen by the Chargers in the first round, but General Manager Tom Telesco isn’t likely to reach for a player, and the Chargers might draft any player they think highly of.
If the there are no corners worth the Chargers 25th pick available when the Chargers are put on the clock, it wouldn’t be surprising for the Chargers to pick the best available of needed position players.
Overall fans can expect the Chargers to draft a lot of defensive help, specifically at corner, nose tackle, and outside linebacker, to add speed and hopefully height at the wide receiver position (in the mold of say Vincent Jackson) and to add depth and talent to the offensive line to replace veterans like Nick Hardwick and Jeremy Clary in the possibly near future. Who the Chargers draft in each round will highly be dependent on who is available because Telesco is too wise to reach for players.
Chargers fans have no reason to doubt Telesco at this point after a solid draft last year. If the Chargers hit their mark in the draft, the team should be able to get into the playoffs in consecutive seasons. If Keenan Allen is complemented with a talented rookie that’s able to vertically stretch the field and give Rivers another version of Vincent Jackson or a healthy Malcolm Floyd, the offense will become elite.
Defenses will have seriously struggle to contain and offense full of weapons at the disposal of Rivers, who is set to have one of his best seasons in the upcoming year. For the first time in years, Rivers finally has a quality offensive line and coaching that should continue to improve with experience and playing time.
The upcoming draft could make or break the upcoming season. Without defensive help or a deep threat receiver, the team could struggle against elite teams like the Seahawks and 49ers they will face.by