San Diego Chargers may have to trade up in the 2013 NFL Draft
The San Diego Chargers had many issues with their offense in 2012. San Diego ranked 22nd in receiving yards, 30th in yards per reception, 31st in yards per rushing attempt and tied for last in rushing touchdowns.
San Diego’s offensive line gave up 49 sacks which ranked fourth in sacks allowed. Ryan Mathews ranked 10th in the NFL with 1,091 rushing yards in 2011, so he is more likely to return to form in 2013 than San Diego’s offensive line is to improve without selecting an offensive lineman with the 11th pick in round one.
According to cbssports.com, Eddie Lacy is the top RB in the draft. Lacy is ranked 36th among prospects, so this is another reason why I expect the front office to choose an offensive lineman.
San Diego needs to improve in their receiving game as well. If the front office re-signs Danario Alexander who ranked 22nd in receiving yards per game in 2012, and goes after another free agent WR, they will be fine.
The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to take offensive lineman Luke Joeckel with the first overall pick. The Jacksonville Jaguars have the second pick and they ranked third in sacks allowed. They could choose Chance Warmack to improve their offensive line.
The Arizona Cardinals ranked first in sacks allowed, so if Warmack is not available, they could choose Eric Fisher. This would mean that San Diego would have to take offensive guard Jonathan Cooper unless they trade up to get Fisher or Lane Johnson falls to them.
Cooper was an All-ACC selection in 2010 and 2011 in college and is expected to be chosen by San Diego in round one according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. I believe that an improved offensive line will go a long way in helping San Diego’s offense click in 2013.