San Diego Chargers 2012 NFL Mock Draft | First Round
The San Diego Chargers just can’t seem to win… In the first half of the season.
It always seems that the Chargers start off slow and finish the season strong just enough to get into the playoffs, except for 2010 and 2011.
In 2010 they had the league’s best offense and the league’s best defense, respectively, and they did not make the playoffs.
This year, they just turned the ball over a ton, and finished a mediocre 8-8, while finishing the season 4-1.
With a lot of free agents to be re-signed and plenty of cap room, they should be able to bring back key guys like Jacob Hester, Antonio Garay, Nick Hardwick, Jared Gaither and Vincent Jackson.
Of course, they still have holes to fill with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Here are some of the top options for the San Diego Chargers in April’s draft.
Option #1: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
With tackles like Riley Reiff and Mike Adams rising, I’m seeing a Jonathan Martin fall down into the late teens, early 20′s.
Martin is an athletic tackle that can play on either side at the next level. He has franchise tackle ability, although he needs a bit of work in staying consistent in pass protection.
With Marcus McNeill’s health a HUGE question mark, and Jerome Clary playing ineffectively, we could see Martin fill whatever side Jared Gaither doesn’t, assuming Gaither is re-signed.
Option #2: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
If Vincent Jackson isn’t retained, there will be a huge void at receiver for the Chargers.
Floyd’s stock is really rising, and he’s looking to be the second receiver off of the board, so he may be long gone at this point, but if he is sitting at 18, he’d be very hard to pass up.
A physical player much like Jackson, Floyd can stretch the field and make plays in the middle as well.
Option #3: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
Kuechly doesn’t have the ideal build for a 3-4 inside linebacker, but neither did former Chiefs and Chargers great Donnie Edwards who was closer to 230 pounds.
What matters is that he’s an able tackler that has a knack for finding the football on seemingly every play.
He’s a sideline to sideline player that offers plenty of ability to drop back in coverage.
Option #4: Cordy Glenn, OG/OT, Georgia
Depending on whether or not Jonathan Martin is available, the Chargers could take a hard look at Glenn who has big time versatility being able to play right tackle and either guard spot at the next level.
They could pair him up with Jared Gaither on the left side if they feel that Gaither played well enough in 2011, and form bookends for Philip Rivers.
Or, the Chargers could opt to let Glenn earn the starting left tackle role and replace Jerome Clary on the right side with Gaither.
Option #5: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
If the Chargers have a hard time signing Nick Hardwick, then they could be in some serious problems.
Losing out on Hardwick would be a huge blow to the offensive line that already has had its fair share of struggles.
Konz could fill in right away thanks to his exceptional intangibles and physical ability, but this is a last resort.
Keet Bailey heads the NFL Draft division of NFL Soup. Bailey's 2012 NFL Mock Draft scored 12th overall among 112 participants according to The Huddle Report's Annual Mock Draft scoring contest. An avid Cleveland Browns fan, Keet hails from and resides in Ohio. Follow Keet on Twitter @NFLSoupKeet