(Sports Network) - New Chargers coach Mike McCoy arrives in America's most
Beautiful City as the architect of the reclamation product called Philip
Rivers is obviously talented but fell on hard times during the final season of
the Norv Turner era, quite possibly due to his porous offensive line. Losing
the team's best lineman, guard Louis Vasquez, to AFC West-rival Denver doesn't
help and mission No. 1 in San Diego will be rebuilding things up front.
The Chargers did bring in tackle King Dunlap from Philadelphia as well as
guards Rich Ohrnberger from Arizona and Chad Rinehart from Buffalo but those
guys aren't exactly difference makers and it's almost a fait accompli that the
Chargers will select the best available O-Lineman when their pick comes up at
No. 11. Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson, Alabama guard Chance Warmack and UNC
guard Jonathan Cooper are all possibilities.
The team also needs help at corner despite adding former Jacksonville starter
Derek Cox as well as more depth at linebacker, particularly outside.
2012 Record: 7-9
Top Needs: OT, OG, CB, OLB
First Three Picks: No. 11, No. 45, No. 76
Number of Selections: 7 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2012 - Melvin Ingram (OLB, South Carolina); 2011 -
Corey Liuget (DE, Illinois); 2010 - Ryan Mathews (RB, Fresno State); 2009 -
Larry English (OLB, Northern Illinois); 2008 - Antoine Cason (CB, Arizona);
2007 - Buster Davis (WR, LSU); 2006 - Antonio Cromartie (CB, Florida State);
2005 - Shawne Merriman (OLB, Maryland), Luis Castillo (DT, Northwestern); 2004
- Philip Rivers* (QB, North Carolina State); 2003 - Sammy Davis (CB, Texas
A&M); 2002 - Quentin Jammer (CB, Texas).
*Originally drafted by N.Y. Giants, then traded to Chargers on draft day in
exchange for San Diego first-round pick Eli Manning
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