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NFL Draft: 5 Possible Targets For The Chargers On Day Two

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LaMichael James

With Round 1 out of the way, it’s time to look ahead to the second day of the draft with Rounds 2-3.

The Chargers selected Melvin Ingram with the 18th overall pick and are likely to look towards improving the defense again with their couple next picks.

Offensively, the only needs that the team should be looking to improve on are finding a new backup running back and adding depth to the offensive line.

In Rounds 2-3, the Chargers hold the 49th and 78th overall picks respectively. I shall be looking at the best players still available that may be of interest to the Chargers.

But who should the team be targeting? Let’s find out.

Position: Guard/Offensive Tackle

College: Iowa State

Height: 6′ 5″

Weight: 333 lbs

Big Board Ranking: 34th Overall


Osemele is a talented prospect but he will need a lot of coaching in the NFL. Although he has the right size and power needed to succeed as an offensive lineman, he sometimes struggles in his technique and will have to learn to improve sooner rather than later.

A dominant run blocker, He would be worth taking in the second round if he’s still available at 49 overall. With the retirement of Kris Dielman, the Chargers could use another guard. Osemele would push Tyronne Green for a starting spot at left guard.

Position: Offensive Tackle

College: Stanford

Height: 6′ 5″

Weight: 312 lbs

Big Board Ranking: 36th Overall


Martin will be coveted by many teams early in Round 2 and so the Chargers may have to stay put and hope to get lucky just like they did with Ingram in Round 1. He was a surprise omission from the first round even though he rated as the Draft’s third best tackle behind Matt Kalil and Riley Reiff.

Martin is a solid pass protector and also a powerful and aggressive run blocker. Questions have been raised over his ability to play at left tackle in the NFL but he is more than capable of making the switch to right tackle if need be. He would compete with Jeromey Clary at right tackle.

Position: Cornerback

College: North Alabama

Height: 5′ 10″

Weight: 193 lbs

Big Board Ranking: 61st Overall


With Janoris Jenkins, it’s tough to find a place to start. Take away all the off-field issues and there’s no doubting his ability as a football player.

The Chargers are looking to add another cornerback to the mix with veteran Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason as the established starters. Many teams are reportedly interested in taking Jenkins in Round 2 but that doesn’t mean he is sure to hear his name called. A.J. Smith isn’t usually willing to take a risk on a player like this but that won’t stop him from taking a look if he slips all the way to Round 3.

Position: Safety

College: Boise State:

Height: 6′ 4″

Weight: 225 lbs

Big Board Ranking: 67th Overall


Iloka has been a solid contributor to the Boise State defense throughout his four years with the school. He is usually stout against the run but can sometimes struggle in coverage.

With Eric Weddle as the only established safety on the roster, the Chargers may be looking to bring in a player to create some competition in the secondary. After missing out on safeties Mark Barron and Harrison Smith, Iloka is the best rated player available.

Position: Running Back

College: Oregon

Height: 5′ 8″

Weight: 194 lbs

Big Board Ranking: 76th Overall


James is likely to be highly coveted for teams looking to find a new change of pace back. An elusive runner who can also be valuable to the passing game, James would be the ideal candidate to serve as backup to starter Ryan Mathews.

Mathews is yet to complete a full season with the team and hasn’t yet shaken off his injury prone tag. With Tolbert gone to the Carolina Panthers, the Chargers are still looking for a new backup running back. If James is still available by the time the Chargers are on the clock in Round 3, look for the team to take a chance on this talented playmaker from Oregon.

So those are my possible targets for the Chargers in Rounds 2-3.

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Written by podgeoh92

April 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

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