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Mock Draft Tracker 3.0

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Here is a roundup of who some NFL Experts expect the San Diego Chargers to draft with the 11th overall selection in April's NFL Draft.

In order to serve all Chargers fans, Chargers.com has compiled a list of who some top draft pundits are projecting the Chargers will select with the 11th pick in the draft.

With the scouting combine in the books and most mock drafts updated accordingly, there have been numerous changes from our first two trackers.

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ESPN’s Bill Williamson:  OT Lane Johnson  - Oklahoma

What he says: “Johnson followed up a great week at the Senior Bowl with a strong showing at the combine; he is zooming up draft boards. Left tackle is the Chargers’ greatest need. This is a good fit.”

SI.com’s Don Banks:  DT Star Lotulelei – Utah

What he says: “The discovery of Lotulelei's heart condition (involving insufficient blood flow) at the combine obviously leaves his draft status in question for now. But he has been given the go-ahead to continue to work out, and we'll know more about his long-term prognosis well before April arrives. He's going to carry a top-10 grade if he's cleared medically, and he's also exactly the kind of athletic and versatile defensive line talent San Diego craves.”

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks:  OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma

What he says: “New coach Mike McCoy's No. 1 priority is fixing quarterback Philip Rivers; he can begin the process by giving him an athletic left tackle with the lateral quickness to stalemate elite rushers on the blind side.”

NFL.com’s Josh Norris:  OT Eric Fisher – Central Michigan

What he says: “If Fisher lasts this long, run to the podium. An instant starter on the left side, Fisher has every quality teams look for: length, toughness, posture and athleticism to mirror.”

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt:  OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma

What he says: “The Chargers need an offensive lineman; Johnson (6-6, 303), who has really come on lately, posted a blazing 4.72-second 40-yard dash -- second-best in his position group. He seems to have mastered his position, despite having played it for a relatively short time.”

USA TODAY’s Tony Pauline:  DE/OLB Damontre Moore – Texas A&M

What he says: “Moore would bookend with 2012's first-round pick, Melvin Ingram, and form a deadly pass-rushing duo.”

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer:  OT Eric Fisher – Central Michigan

What he says: “There's not much of a dropoff—if any—from Luke Joeckel to Fisher. The Chargers really need to clean up their pass-protection mess in front of Philip Rivers.”

CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang:  OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma

What he says: “There are plenty of theories as to why Phillip Rivers hasn't played up to his previous standards in recent years. The biggest, literally and figuratively, might be the turnstile the Chargers have employed at left tackle since Marcus McNeill's abrupt retirement two years ago. Johnson, a former JUCO quarterback, defensive end and tight end, has grown into a standout tackle, who proved in his stellar play in the Big 12, at the Senior Bowl and combine workouts that he has the strength and athleticism to remain on the blindside.”

CBSSports.com’s Dane Brugler:  OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma

What he says: “The Chargers have questions at both tackle spots and while they hope Jared Gaither is part of the solution, his durability remains to be a concern. Johnson has steadily climbed draft boards over the past eight months and won't last long in the first round with his natural skill-set.”

SBNation’s Matthew Fairburn:  OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma

What he says: “Lane Johnson is looking like less and less of a reach the closer we get to April. By the time the draft rolls around, Johnson may be considered a top 10 pick. He's among the most athletic tackles available in this draft, and the Chargers need to bolster Philip Rivers' blind side.”

SBNation’s Dan Kadar:  OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma

What he says: “At this point, the Chargers would be fortunate to see Johnson still on the board. He had a star-making combine, running a 4.75 40-yard dash and looking athletic in drills. He could be the franchise left tackle the Chargers have needed for a long time.”

Bleacher Report’s Richard Langford:  OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma

What he says: “The Chargers must improve their shaky tackle position. Philip Rivers has been taking a beating, and he is a quarterback that needs time to throw deep.  Johnson is a solid value here and he fills a huge need.”

Bleacher Report’s Jesse Reed: OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma

What he says: “There haven't been many players to rise up draft boards faster and with more authority than Johnson this winter.  He impressed the heck out of scouts during the week of practice at the Senior Bowl, and then he put on a show at the combine. Johnson ran the 40 in 4.72 seconds—just .01 seconds slower than the man of the hour during Saturday's drills, Terron Armstead. He also looked as smooth as silk during all the field drills and proved that Joeckel and Fisher aren't the only tackles that are worthy of a top-10 pick this April. And boy, do the Chargers need help on the offensive line. Adding a stud like Johnson to protect Philip Rivers' blind side will go a long way toward making San Diego's offense functional in 2013.”

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed above represent those of individual authors and do not represent the opinions or policies of the San Diego Chargers' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives.

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