According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, former Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o will have a meeting with the San Diego Chargers‘ front office. Te’o is ranked 39th among prospects according to CBS Sports, but is projected as a potential first-round pick in April’s NFL Draft.
San Diego’s front office released Takeo Spikes during the offseason, so Te’o could fill the role of replacing him, but he is expected to be chosen in the mid to late first round. If Te’o is not chosen in round one of the draft, management would have to trade up to get him because San Diego has the 13th pick in round two.
Te’o finished second in votes for the Heisman Trophy award and was looked at as a potential top 10 pick before him and his teammates were blown out in the national title game against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
San Diego has the 11th pick in round one of the draft, so based on where Te’o is projected to go, this would be way too soon to choose him. Also, San Diego’s offensive line allowed 49 sacks last season which ranked fourth in the NFL, so management is expected to choose an offensive lineman.
Former Oklahoma Sooners left tackle Lane Johnson would be a perfect fit with San Diego, but he may not be on the board when it is time for San Diego to make their selection in round one.
San Diego’s front office did not re-sign cornerback Antoine Cason, so if Johnson is gone, I believe management could go after a CB like Xavier Rhodes.
The Lighting Bolts also have a problem at the receiver position, so I do not see management trading draft picks to get another first round pick in order to select Te’o.
San Diego does not have many options at the inside linebacker position, but the only scenario where I could see Te’o going to San Diego is if he falls to the second round and management trades up to get him.