San Diego Chargers to select an offensive lineman in round one of the 2013 Draft?

By Kenny Gardner
San Diego Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers had three major problems on offense during the 2012 season.  San Diego averaged 3.6 yards per rushing attempt which ranked 31st in the NFL, they ranked 22nd in receiving yards and their offensive line ranked fourth in sacks allowed.

According to ESPN’s Todd McShay, San Diego will select former Oklahoma Sooners left tackle Lane Johnson with the 11th pick in round one.  According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. San Diego will choose former North Carolina Tar Heels guard Jonathan Cooper.  According to U-T San Diego writer Eddie Brown, San Diego will select former Alabama Crimson Tide guard Chance Warmack.

Johnson was converted from quarterback to tight end to tackle during his time at Oklahoma.  Johnson started 12 games at right tackle for Oklahoma in 2011 while he started 11 games at left tackle in 2012.  Johnson was named a third team All-American by during his last season with OU.

Cooper started for North Carolina from 2009-2012 and made the All-ACC second team in 2010 and 2011. Warmack was a member of the All-SEC second team in 2011, the All-SEC first team in 2012 and was an All-American in 2012.

According to, Warmack is ranked third, Johnson is ranked 11th and Cooper is ranked 18th among the 2013 NFL Draft prospects, so San Diego may have to trade up if the front office wants Warmack.

Warmack, Johnson or Cooper would help improve a horrific offensive line that had injury problems in 2012.  San Diego’s front office should select the best player available from these three guys.

Ryan Mathews had a terrible season in 2012, but he averaged 4.9 yards per rushing attempt in 2011, so he can return to form.  There are free agent wide receivers who could be available like Wes Welker, Greg Jennings, Dwayne Bowe or Mike Wallace who would help improve at the position.

I expect San Diego to take an offensive lineman in round one because the team has to do a better job of protecting Philip Rivers.

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