San Diego Chargers add depth to their offense in the 2012 NFL Draft

By Kenny Gardner

After loading up on defense in rounds one through three, the San Diego Chargers chose former Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns tight end Ladarius Green with the 110th overall selection in round four of the 2012 NFL Draft.  Green had 51 receptions for 606 yards and eight touchdown receptions in 2011.  Antonio Gates missed six games during the 2010 season, three games last year and will be 32 at the start of the season, so it makes sense to add another tight end besides Gates and Randy McMichael that can consistently catch passes.

The Chargers added former Penn State Nittany Lions guard Johnnie Troutman with their fifth round selection.  I thought San Diego would select a guard in round two or three because former four time Pro Bowler and two time All-Pro guard Kris Dielman retired leaving Tyronne Green and Brandyn Dombrowski as the only guards.  The Chargers traded their sixth round pick yesterday along with their third round pick to move up in the draft and select Brandon Taylor.  San Diego took former Michigan Wolverines center David Molk and former Michigan State Spartans running back Edwin Baker in round seven.  Nick Hardwick and Colin Baxter were the only centers on San Diego’s roster, so they had to add depth.

Baker finished his 2011 season with 170 attempts for 655 yards and five TDs.  I expected San Diego to go after a backup to Ryan Mathews a lot sooner than this, but there is a possibility that Ricky Williams could come out of retirement and be the answer for them.  I think the round in which San Diego went after a running back might be the most questionable decision in this year’s draft when one looks at the team’s needs.

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