Culver City Observer -

By Bill Seals
Sports Reporter 

AFC West Mock Draft

LA Chargers Look Like Team to Beat

 

April 18, 2019

It is believed by many people around the NFL that the Los Angeles Chargers have one of the best rosters in the NFL. The Chargers apparently believe that as well, as they have been relatively quiet during the offseason. That will change soon with the upcoming NFL Draft, which starts on April 25th.

Here is a look at a three round mock draft I created for AFC West division teams - Round 1: #4 Oakland Raiders – Clenin Ferrell, DE, Clemson, 6'4", 264 - The Raiders had the worst pass rush in the NFL in 2018 and it was not even close. The Raiders had 13 sacks for the entire season 16 game season. There were eleven players with at least 13 sacks last season in the NFL.

Ferrell would make an immediate impact for the Raiders with his edge rushing speed. Ferrell was the Ted Hendricks award winner in 2018 as the top defensive end in college football.

#10 Denver Broncos – Devin White, ILB, LSU, 6'0", 237 - The Broncos have many needs besides linebacker, but White would be a significant addition to their already solid defense. White has run a 4.42 in the forty, he can blitz or drop back into coverage.

He can play inside or outside at linebacker. A very bright player and tough tackler that can run sideline-to-sideline. A pick that will fit well with a running team that plays good defense.

#24 Oakland Raiders – T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa, 6'4", 251 - The Raiders lost their starting tight end, Jared Cook, to free agency. Hockenson won the John Mackey award as the top tight end in college football. Hockenson runs a 4.7 forty.

He is considered a hard-nosed, smart, savvy route runner with good quickness and good ball skills. This is one of the two #1 picks acquired for Khalil Mack in the 2018 trade.

#27 Oakland Raiders – Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama, 5'10", 220 - This is the pick from Dallas in exchange for wide receiver Amari Cooper, so it would be fitting that Cooper, a former star at Alabama, is replaced by another star from Alabama in running back Jacobs.

The Raiders current starter at running back, Marshawn Lynch, is a free agent. Jacobs reminds people of Lynch. His running style has been described by Ourlads Scouting Services "as a no-nonsense style" and "that he wants to get the ball and run over anyone that crosses his path."

#28 Los Angeles Chargers – Deionte Thompson, Safety, Alabama, 6'2", 195 - The Chargers need to replace Jahleel Addae at safety and Thompson would be a great choice. Thompson, who is from Orange, Texas, is similar to All-Pro Safety Earl Thomas, who played for Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley in Seattle.

Thomas is also from Orange, Texas. Thompson is a ball-hawking safety with great range. He closes fast and is a big hitter. He will also provide immediate help on special teams as well.

#29 Kansas City Chiefs - Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple, 6'0", 192 - A very cool name and a talented cornerback as well. He has 4.5 forty speed and a 39" vertical with long arms and wing span. A very physical corner that excels in press coverage. The Chiefs need a lot of help of help on defense and Rock Ya-Sin would be a good start.

2nd Round: #35 Oakland Raiders – Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson, 6'1", 200 - Mullen is a versatile corner that has played in a variety of schemes. He should be a good press corner in the NFL. Has a forty time of 4.48.

#41 Denver Broncos – Chris Lindstrom, Guard, Boston College, 6'4", 330 - Lindstrom is a good fit for a zone-based blocking scheme, which is what the Broncos will be running under new offensive line coach Mike Munchak. Lindstrom is the son of a former NFL player. He was a first team All-ACC player at Boston College. The Broncos will run the ball a lot and Lindstrom is a strong run blocker.

#60 Los Angeles Chargers – Renell Wren, DT, Arizona State, 6'5" 318 - The Chargers will hope that Wren is still available at this point. Wren is very strong with a lot of raw ability. Very tough to move in the middle. He has upside but he needs work on his pass rush moves and run-pass recognition.

#61 Kansas City Chiefs – Nasir Adderley, Delaware, 5'11", 206 - The Chiefs need a replacement for Eric Berry and Adderley would help. Adderley is a good tackler with corner skills. He can return kicks and be a nickel option at corner. His cousin is former NFL star Herb Adderley.

#63 Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Isabella, Massachusetts, WR, 5'9", 190 - Isabella brings world class speed, something the Chiefs never seem to have enough of. He was #1 in the country in high school at 60 meters. Has 4.34 speed in the forty. Led the nation in receiving yardage at 141.5 yards per game.

3rd round: #66 Oakland Raiders – Zach Allen, Boston College, 6'4", 280 - Allen is a strong defensive end with a variety of rush moves. He had 18 sacks over his career along with 40 tackles for losses. He will help the Raiders with his ability to stuff out the run.

#71 Denver Broncos – Josh Oliver, Tight End, San Jose State, 6'5", 250 - Four-year starter and first team All-MWC. Has huge hands and long arms. Oliver has a lot of upside and would be an excellent addition to the Denver offense at this point in the draft.

#91 Los Angeles Chargers – Caleb Wilson, Tight End, UCLA, 6'4", 240 - Wilson was a first team All-Pac-12 tight end. He was timed in the forty at 4.56. He needs to improve his blocking. He could potentially be lined up almost anywhere with his speed.

#92 Kansas City Chiefs – Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M, 5'8", 206 - Williams was a first team All-SEC running back and led the top college football conference in the country in rushing. He can be a three down running back.

 

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