Dec 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin (1) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers 2013 Four-Round NFL Mock Draft

1. First Round, 11th overall: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

It’s almost a foregone conclusion that the top five offensive linemen will be off the board at this point, which is a pretty incredible fact in and of itself. Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Lane Johnson, Chance Warmack, and Jonathan Cooper could very easily all be gone by the time the Chargers are on the clock. So, unless they trade up, I think I have the best alternate option to an offensive lineman, or maybe even the best option even if a guy like Warmack or Cooper is available. The Chargers’ WR situation is nothing to brag about, especially after losing Vincent Jackson and seeing him do great down in Tampa Bay. The Chargers tried signing Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem, but both were huge free agent busts. With the 11th pick, they could go a variety of directions but getting more playmakers for an offense in need is not a bad idea at all. Tavon Austin is our top ranked receiver, and though he comes in a small package, he packs a huge punch. I think he is a better version of Percy Harvin.

2. Second Round, 45th overall: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine-Bluff

There’s no question the Chargers have to upgrade their offensive line. They signed a few guys this offseason like King Dunlap, but there is absolutely no question the OL was a huge weakness of this team last year and it’s going to take some high draft picks to improve it. The Chargers will more than likely miss out on the top OTs like Menelik Watson and D.J. Fluker after the first wave of OTs, but Armstead has as much if not more potential than any OT not being picked in the top 10. He is very raw, but they can start him off on the right side of the line and kick him to left tackle as he develops.

3. Third Round, 76th overall: Sio Moore, DE/OLB, UConn

The Chargers need some pass rushers, especially with the slow development of Larry English and the departure of Shaun Phillips. Sio Moore is a freakishly athletic OLB prospect who is a bit undersized, but he can make plays behind the line of scrimmage. He was one of the top defenders in the Big East last year, and proved that he can get to the QB from the OLB position. I think with Jarret Johnson being somewhat of a bust in free agency so far, the Chargers need to look to someone who can complement last year’s first round pick Melvin Ingram.

4. Fourth Round, 110th overall: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State

The Chargers go with a local product here in McFadden, who will help ease the pain of losing both of last year’s starters at CB in Antoine Cason and Quintin Jammer. McFadden is a guy who is hard to figure out his stock exactly right now, but some have opined he could go as high as the second round. He has overall really solid size, speed, and athletic ability, and his production as a senior was right up there with some of the top corners in this class. I think this would be a very solid pick for depth given the Chargers’ youth at the CB position.

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  • Ernie Padaon

    I LIKE IT!!! that would be a nice haul right there!

    • Ernie Padaon

      actually LOVE it

  • davacho

    i love rd 2 and 4. if we can’t get one of the “5″- i say trade back a few and nab trufant or rhodes. use other pick (3rd?) acquired for filling one of our many holes.

  • BlueBoltFan

    Tayvon Austin is a bad pick. Leaving aside the fact that he has serious durability concerns at 170 lbs. (about 15 lbs lighter than Wes Welker!), we already have a ton of WRs with Alexander, Floyd, Brown (returning from injury and possibly our best WR), Meachem, & Royal, plus Woodhead and Ronnie Brown able to catch passes out of the backfield. It’s too much of a luxury pick. I think Star Lotulelei or Barkevious Mingo would be much better picks at the 11 spot.

    Otherwise, I like the rest of the picks, though I’d go ILB at the 3rd round pick if we drafted Mingo. Kiko Alonso, Kevin Reddick, and AJ Klein would be excellent candidates there.

    • Ernie Padaon

      does meachem and royal even count as receivers for us?

      • BlueBoltFan

        I think meachem definitely does as last year was an anomaly. He didn’t fit Norv’s system. I expect Mike McCoy to use him to his strengths.You may have a point with Royal. Oh, but I also forgot about Richard Goodman and Deon Butler. We have WRs coming out our ears. I just can’t see spending our #1 pick on another one, dynamic or not…unless he’s the next Megatron or Fitz.

        • Ernie Padaon

          i hear ya… we also have Mike Willie that probably will be competing for a spot.

          the only thing i like about austin is he has that special quality about him. When he has the ball in his hands, he can take it to the house. we dont have many players that can change the game like that.

          i know we have a ton of guys, but when you can add a talent at that caliber, hard to say know.

          i know there is an injury risk, but he seemed to avoid the injury bug in college pretty well.

          • BlueBoltFan

            Oh yeah, he’s special. The kind of player tjat can put a good team over the top, a la Percy Harvin and Darren Sproles.

    • SayreBedinger

      Let me know when Tavon Austin has ever missed significant time.

      • BlueBoltFan

        I always use the example of Darren Sproles who was as durable as they come in college (4,969 yards rushing + 45 TDs, more than Austin on both counts) but he missed his entire rookie year when he broke his leg in the preseason. And Sproles was only a 4th round pick. Percy Harvin has missed time with injuries as well and he’s a lot bigger at 5’11″ 185lbs. I think Austin could bulk up enough, but I wouldn’t risk our 1st round pick on him with all the holes we have. In a different year, I’d be with you.

  • Aaron Lane

    Sorry, but I don’t agree with the Austin pick. If all big name OLineman are gone you gotta go Lotu, Mingo, Rhodes/Trufant or Vacarro. Slot receiver is a luxury pick and nowhere near as crucial as the other positions we’re hurting at.

  • C.Steele

    Sayre, not really feeling your 1st & 3rd Pick. Love the 2nd and 4th. I like Austin, but don’t believe a WR is the pick for the chargers at 11. Two of our first 4 Pics should be Oline. If the OTs are gone I’d prefer Loutiel at 11 (if we don’t trade back). A dominant nose tackle frees our DEs up to wreck even more havoc, helps to keep our ILB clean to run stop (this could also help us to hide a week ILB if Mouton doesnt’ pan out) Bonus gives us a nice rotation with Cam. Hell I’d rather see us take the top rated SS then a WR. The third pick I’d like to see us dedicate to the oline L.Warrford out of UK if he’s still there. If there isn’t a high enough rated OG or OT at this pick, I’d prefer an ILB. It just seems we have been drafting OLB forever…