2010 NFL Mock Draft, Fans' Pick Edition: No. 28 - San Diego Chargers
The script has become painfully familiar for the Chargers: great regular season, horribly disappointing postseason. It happened again last year as San Diego fell at home to the Jets in a conference semifinal matchup.
And the offseason that followed that loss has been an interesting one for the Chargers -- one that included the departure of longtime running back LaDainian Tomlinson, as well as the trade of Antonio Cromartie to none other than the New York Jets.
But San Diego's the odds-on favorite to win the AFC West again in 2010, no matter how the draft goes. Still, the team finds itself with a severe need at RB, in addition to the defensive line and secondary.
While our Fans' Choice mock has taken some weird turns -- Colt McCoy? Really? -- the players sitting on the board still are a dream for San Diego.
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Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee: Come on. Sure, this guy could fall, but if he does, teams will be falling over themselves to pick him up at this spot. San Diego needs a big, disruptive body at the nose tackle in its 3-4 defense and Williams certainly fits the bill. And, if not him, then ...
Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama: It's hard to argue for Cody over Williams, given the concerns about Cody's weight, but there's no denying that he's a talented player. Jared Odrick's still on the board here as well, though Williams and Cody are a bit more in the behemoth category and would seem to be a better fit on the interior. Odrick could slide to a defensive end position in a 4-3.
Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State: Mathews is the type of back that the Chargers love to have -- a guy with the ability to catch it out of the backfield, block and run. He's not huge, but he's not undersized either and would provide a perfect second option alongside Darren Sproles. And he's got the potential to be a first option down the road, if Sproles departs after 2010.
Jahvid Best, RB, Cal: Best could be a bit of a reach at No. 28 -- but it's not out of the question that, say, Detroit would take him at No. 34, early in the second round, so he might be more realistic here than people realize. If it came down to Mathews and Best, you'd assume the Chargers would lean to Mathews, but Best brings a lot of the same traits to the table and is a physical, gifted specimen.
Bruce Campbell, T, Maryland: Is this the biggest area of need on the Chargers' roster? No. But don't forget that Campbell's been in the Fan Mock mix since the top 10 and has plummeted all the way down here. He's a bit raw, but he's got plenty of potential and played in an offense in college that liked to grind it out a bit.