San Diego Chargers Draft Preview; 2016 Schedule Released
With the NFL Draft set to begin on April 28th, let’s take a look at this year’s San Diego Chargers Draft Preview and schedule.
San Diego Chargers Draft Preview
Top Needs: Defensive Line, Safety, Tight End, Offensive Line
Draft Picks: Round 1 (3), Round 2 (35), Round 3 (65), Round 4 (102), Round 5 (175), Round 6 (179), (198), Round 7 (224)
The San Diego Chargers finished in last place in the AFC West with a record of 4-12 last season. That landed them the 3rd overall pick in the upcoming draft. As do most teams with a top five pick, the Chargers have needs across the board. Philip Rivers is in the twilight of his career and if the Chargers want to make any noise in the West, they will need to absolutely nail this draft.
Primarily, the Bolts need to get bigger up front. They finished 31st in the league averaging just 84.9 yards rushing a game. Melvin Gordon is a great running back who struggled most of his rookie season. The offensive line can take some of that blame.
On the other side if the ball, they gave up 125.3 yards a game on the ground, good for 27th in the league. Football teams start up front and the Chargers need help there. However, it would be very hard to pass a guy like Jalen Ramsey if he is there at three. With the departure of Eric Weddle, a major void will need to be filled in that secondary. Ramsey comes in and immediately fills that void. Many are saying he is the best player in the draft this year, being compared to the likes of Patrick Peterson with more play-making ability.
There is good news for the Chargers, though. The draft is loaded with linemen this year, especially on the defensive side. In the 2nd round, look for the Chargers to get some help on the offensive line. A guy like Cody Whitehair out of Kansas State could potentially be the pick. He is the top-ranked guard on a lot of boards and for good reason. He has the versatility to move in to center or even out to tackle. He can add a much needed presence on this offensive line to hopefully get Melvin Gordon going in his sophomore year.
There is also a need at receiver with the retirement of Malcom Floyd. Philip Rivers can still sling it and he will need some new faces to be on the other side of his passes. A couple guys to watch for with an early 3rd round grade are Sterling Shepard and Braxton Miller. Miller is probably the more familiar name due to his switch at Ohio State from quarterback to receiver. However, Shepard may be the more polished of the two. He has quick feet to match with a rather fast 40 at 4.48. He has the speed to take the top off a defense, something Rivers has enjoyed doing over the years with Floyd and company.
There is a good chance a quarterback is also taken in this draft with Rivers climbing the age ladder. If the Chargers do not grab one of the top signal callers early, a couple guys to look out for can be Dak Prescott out of Mississippi State and Jocoby Brissett out of NC State.
San Diego Chargers’ Schedule
Week 1: Sept. 11, at Kansas City Chiefs, 10:00 AM
Week 2: Sept. 18, Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:25
Week 3: Sept. 25, at Indianapolis Colts, 1:25
Week 4: Oct. 2, New Orleans Saints, 1:25
Week 5: Oct. 9, at Oakland Raiders, 1:25
Week 6: Oct. 13, Denver Broncos (Thu), 5:25
Week 7: Oct. 23, at Atlanta Falcons, 1:05
Week 8: Oct. 30, at Denver Broncos, 1:05
Week 9: Nov. 6, Tennessee Titans, 1:25
Week 10: Nov. 13, Miami Dolphins, 1:05
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: Nov. 27, at Houston Texans, 10:00 AM
Week 13: Dec. 4, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:25
Week 14: Dec. 11, at Carolina Panthers, 10:00 AM
Week 15: Dec. 18, Oakland Raiders, 1:25
Week 16: Dec. 24, at Cleveland Browns (Sat), 10:00 AM
Week 17: Jan. 1, Kansas City Chiefs, 1:25
(San Diego Chargers Draft Preview)