Draft 1st Round OLB vs. 2012 scheduled Left Tackles
If San Diego does go OLB in the first round, that rookie OLB MUST match up well against the Chargers 2012 opponents Left Tackle (Weak Side OLB).
SD is loaded with strong side OLB’s (Phillips, J.Johnson, even D.Gamble). These SSOLB’s match up well against most RIGHT TACKLES.
Weak side OLB L.English (when healthy) and A.Barns can do very well against typical left tackles too, so I don’t see any OLB as a 1st round top priority.
Pass Rush IS a draft priority, which can be found at other potions, but looking at the left tackles San Diego faces this year, I’m thinking SD is 100% fine:
Division Opponent Left Tackles:
Denver: R. Clady
Oakland: J. Veldheer
KC: B. Albert
Other Left Tackle’s on the 2012 Chargers Schedule
Tenn: Michael Roos
ATL: Sam Baker
NO: Jermon Bushrod
CLE: Joe Thomas
TAM: Donald Penn
BAL: Bryant McKinnie
CIN: Andrew Whitworth
PIT: Marcus Gilbert
CAR: Jordan Gross
NYJ: D’Brickashaw Ferguson
So if pass rushing OLB prospects Mercilus, C.Jones, Branch, Perry, Upshaw, Ingram or Mcclellin get drafted by San Diego in the first round, who do you think is the best Weak Side OLB (vs. left tackle)? Because I don’t think they beat out English or Barns.