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Old 05-19-2016, 10:08 AM
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Before each college football season, I like to identify some positions of obvious future need for the Chargers and get a list together of the top prospects (at the moment) for those positions. This helps me focus my attention during the season. The way I see it, the really obvious positions to target for next offseason are safety and offensive tackle. That is not to say that there won't be other needs-- there will be. But those two spots are really easy to pick out as safety is our weakest position group on the team, and Dunlap will probably need replacing in the near term.

Offensive Tackle:
  • Cam Robinson, Alabama: 6'5" 326; the next big time OT prospect out of Tuscaloosa; started at left tackle in 2014 and 2015; in hot water at the moment legally.
  • Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame: 6'7" 310; raw, developing talent with good natural tools; 2015 was first full season starting (at RT); shifting to LT in 2016.
  • Roderick Johnson, Florida State: 6'6" 323; moved into start LT spot in 2014 when Cam Erving shifted to center; will have two full seasons of LT experience under his belt coming into the draft.
  • Conor McDermott, UCLA: 6'8" 310; surprised as a quality starter at LT in 2014, but reportedly regressed in 2015; this season should reveal who he really is as a prospect.
  • Zach Banner, USC: 6'8" 360; hulking prospect who played 2014 and '15 at RT; will move to LT in 2016 where he will have a chance to show his worth there.

Safety:
  • Jamal Adams, LSU: 6'1" 211; 67 tackles, 5 TFL, 4 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FF
  • Jabrill Peppers, Michigan: 6'1" 205; 45 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 10 PBU
  • Tony Conner, Ole Miss: 6'0" 215; 69 tackles, 9 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU (2014)
  • Eddie Jackson, Alabama: 6'0" 194; 46 tackles, 3 TFL, 6 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FF
  • Johnathan Ford, Auburn: 6'0" 203; 118 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 INT, 2 PBU, 2 FF
  • Ahmad Thomas, Oklahoma: 6'0" 213; 75 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 3 INT, 3 PBU

These lists are by no means comprehensive, but as best as I can tell these are the names to watch in 2016.
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Old 05-19-2016, 10:19 AM
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6'7' and 6'8' guys.....man that is getting pretty tall. Is the height an issue in a bad way, or is the long wingspan too much of a positive ?
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Before each college football season, I like to identify some positions of obvious future need for the Chargers and get a list together of the top prospects (at the moment) for those positions. This helps me focus my attention during the season. The way I see it, the really obvious positions to target for next offseason are safety and offensive tackle. That is not to say that there won't be other needs-- there will be. But those two spots are really easy to pick out as safety is our weakest position group on the team, and Dunlap will probably need replacing in the near term.

Offensive Tackle:
  • Cam Robinson, Alabama: 6'5" 326; the next big time OT prospect out of Tuscaloosa; started at left tackle in 2014 and 2015; in hot water at the moment legally.
  • Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame: 6'7" 310; raw, developing talent with good natural tools; 2015 was first full season starting (at RT); shifting to LT in 2016.
  • Roderick Johnson, Florida State: 6'6" 323; moved into start LT spot in 2014 when Cam Erving shifted to center; will have two full seasons of LT experience under his belt coming into the draft.
  • Conor McDermott, UCLA: 6'8" 310; surprised as a quality starter at LT in 2014, but reportedly regressed in 2015; this season should reveal who he really is as a prospect.
  • Zach Banner, USC: 6'8" 360; hulking prospect who played 2014 and '15 at RT; will move to LT in 2016 where he will have a chance to show his worth there.

Safety:
  • Jamal Adams, LSU: 6'1" 211; 67 tackles, 5 TFL, 4 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FF
  • Jabrill Peppers, Michigan: 6'1" 205; 45 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 10 PBU
  • Tony Conner, Ole Miss: 6'0" 215; 69 tackles, 9 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU (2014)
  • Eddie Jackson, Alabama: 6'0" 194; 46 tackles, 3 TFL, 6 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FF
  • Johnathan Ford, Auburn: 6'0" 203; 118 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 INT, 2 PBU, 2 FF
  • Ahmad Thomas, Oklahoma: 6'0" 213; 75 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 3 INT, 3 PBU

These lists are by no means comprehensive, but as best as I can tell these are the names to watch in 2016.
Are the S numbers career numbers or just 2015?
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Round 5 Pick 7: Erik Magnuson, OT, Michigan
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Are the S numbers career numbers or just 2015?
Just 2015 with the exception of Conner, who missed most of last season.
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6'7' and 6'8' guys.....man that is getting pretty tall. Is the height an issue in a bad way, or is the long wingspan too much of a positive ?
We will see how tall they actually are come the spring, but how much of a problem it is really goes on a case by case basis. If the height comes with a big wingspan, that's helpful but it's not always the case.
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Old 05-19-2016, 11:28 AM
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Id have to look at the prospects but I thought I read the crop of WR coming out next year is one of the best in the last few years, compared a lot of the guys to the Watkins/Evans year.

Id be happy to pull the trigger on a guy like that early on if S. Johnson isnt resigned. I like big bodied receivers.
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Round 1 Pick 7: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Round 2 Pick 6: Takkarist McKinley, OLB/DE, UCLA
Round 3 Pick 7: Desmond King, FS/CB, Iowa
Round 4 Pick 6: Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
Round 5 Pick 7: Erik Magnuson, OT, Michigan
Round 6 Pick 6: Dylan Cole, OLB, Missouri State
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Before each college football season, I like to identify some positions of obvious future need for the Chargers and get a list together of the top prospects (at the moment) for those positions. This helps me focus my attention during the season. The way I see it, the really obvious positions to target for next offseason are safety and offensive tackle. That is not to say that there won't be other needs-- there will be. But those two spots are really easy to pick out as safety is our weakest position group on the team, and Dunlap will probably need replacing in the near term.

Offensive Tackle:
  • Cam Robinson, Alabama: 6'5" 326; the next big time OT prospect out of Tuscaloosa; started at left tackle in 2014 and 2015; in hot water at the moment legally.
  • Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame: 6'7" 310; raw, developing talent with good natural tools; 2015 was first full season starting (at RT); shifting to LT in 2016.
  • Roderick Johnson, Florida State: 6'6" 323; moved into start LT spot in 2014 when Cam Erving shifted to center; will have two full seasons of LT experience under his belt coming into the draft.
  • Conor McDermott, UCLA: 6'8" 310; surprised as a quality starter at LT in 2014, but reportedly regressed in 2015; this season should reveal who he really is as a prospect.
  • Zach Banner, USC: 6'8" 360; hulking prospect who played 2014 and '15 at RT; will move to LT in 2016 where he will have a chance to show his worth there.

Safety:
  • Jamal Adams, LSU: 6'1" 211; 67 tackles, 5 TFL, 4 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FF
  • Jabrill Peppers, Michigan: 6'1" 205; 45 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 10 PBU
  • Tony Conner, Ole Miss: 6'0" 215; 69 tackles, 9 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU (2014)
  • Eddie Jackson, Alabama: 6'0" 194; 46 tackles, 3 TFL, 6 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FF
  • Johnathan Ford, Auburn: 6'0" 203; 118 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 INT, 2 PBU, 2 FF
  • Ahmad Thomas, Oklahoma: 6'0" 213; 75 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 3 INT, 3 PBU

These lists are by no means comprehensive, but as best as I can tell these are the names to watch in 2016.
A guy I really like not on your list is J.J. Dielman T, Utah. He's Kris Dielman's nephew and plays with the same tenacity Kris did. Legit Round 2-3 prospect.
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A guy I really like not on your list is J.J. Dielman T, Utah. He's Kris Dielman's nephew and plays with the same nasty tenacity Kris did. Legit Round 2-3 prospect.
There...fixed it for 'ya!
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I'm hoping Gordon turns out to be a bust just so we can get a better rb, like Leonard Fournette.
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