San Diego Chargers 2012 NFL Mock Draft

January 5, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Mark Barron (4) during a team practice for the 2012 BCS national championship game to be played on January 9, 2012 against the LSU Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

I used Profootball Weekly’s draft value chart to create value

1st round (18th)-Mark Barron, S, Alabama

This seems like a an excellent pick to me if Barron can get past the Cowboys. I know a lot of fans want them to add a pass rusher, bu they added one last year when they selected Jonas Mouton in the second round of the draft. They are probably willing to let him have the chance to prove that it wasn’t a bad move. Barron would pair with Eric Weddle to give the Chargers a pair of good safeties which is hard to find in the league. Barron is considered more of a SS type, but he has enough coverage abilities in zone to be flexible.

2nd round (49th)-Vinny Curry,  OLB, Marshall

Here the Chargers go with value as Vinny Curry could threaten to go in the latter part of the first round. Curry looked slow at the combine, but flashed his excellent athletisicm at his proday. Curry is explosive and versatile player that could play 43 DE or 34 OLB. The Chargers need to find someone to rush the passer opposite of Shaun Phillips whether that is Larry English, Vinny Curry, Jonas Mouton. Someone.

3rd round (78th)-Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri

Michael Egnew to me is the best TE in the second tier of tight ends. Egnew gives the Chargers a reliable weapon in the event that Antonio Gates can’t stay healthy and a potential future replacement for Gates. I was thinking about a WR here, but the Chargers have a specific type of WR they like to add and none of the players who are that kind of player where value in the third round. But then again maybe I should have just gone with it. I find A.J. Smith one of the most difficult general managers to figure out in the league.

December 31, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers offensive linesman Brandon Mosley (75) plays in the second half of the game against the Virginia Cavaliers at the Georgia Dome. Auburn beat Virginia 43-24. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

4th round (110th)-Bradon Mosley, OT, Auburn

At some point in the draft the Chargers are going to add another offensive linemen and they could even add two or three. Molsey could be a swing tackle and play either spot next year in an emergency, but has upside as a potential starter. Mosley has been a guy who has been rising up boards as of late and could end up being drafted on the second day.

5th round (149th)-Keith Tandy, CB, West Virgina

I love me some Keith Tandy. Most draftniks don’t have him this high, but I’d be comfortable drafting him at any point in the middle of the fourth round on. The Chargers use to have one of the most talented secondaries in the league, but now it seems short on talent and depth. Tandy can lay punishing hits and is built well for a cornerback. A good enough athlete. He just needs some refinement work, but is good value here and can develop into a potential starter.

6th round (183rd)-Michael Smith, RB, Utah State

Don’t be surprised if the Chargers add a running back even earlier than this or two running backs. Right now they only have two running backs on their roster (unless you consider Jacob Hester the fullback as a running back). Michael Smith is an intriguing prospect. He was stuck behind the solid Robert Turbin in college and didn’t get many opportunities, but did flash impressive talent in his limited opportunities. The Chargers might look to add an explosive weapon since Rivers seemed to miss Sproles a lot last year. Chris Rainey seems like a logical fit, but if they want him they probably have to spend a much higher pick. Smith ran a 4.33 forty yard dash at his proday and had a 40.5″ vertical jump. Simply put this guy has terrific athleticism.

7th round: Nicolas Jean Babtise, NT, Baylor

The Chargers add some more depth along the defensive line with Nicolas Jean Baptise who is generally considered as a NT in a 34 system, but could fill in as a 34 DE as well.

7th round (250-compensatory)-Antonio Fenelus, CB, Wisconsin

A fiery competitor, but undersized cornerback. Just more secondary depth and a guy who won’t mind getting down and dirty to play some special team.

 

What do you think Chargers fans?

 

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