San Diego Chargers Draft Projections

OG Chance Warmack (USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL Draft is almost here and Bolts Backers are eagerly awaiting Tom Telesco's debut performance. Rather than join in the wait, we at SDBoltReport.com are jumping the gun and predicting what Telesco will do with each of his seven selections. Without further ado, here are our Chargers draft projections.

1. OG Chance Warmack, Alabama

The more pressing need is at tackle, but it is hard to gripe about landing one of the most dominant blockers in the entire draft class. Warmack would be a starter from Week 1 and has a legit chance of authoring a long, accolade-laden career. While he won't protect Philip Rivers' blindside, he will become Ryan Mathews' best friend.

2. OT Terron Armstead, Arkansas Pine Bluff

Telesco finds his left tackle in Round Two. Telesco was not around the last time the Chargers drafted a tackle from APB -- plucking Courtney Van Buren in the third round of the 2003 draft -- so he has no reason to hesitate. Armstead needs some seasoning, so San Diego may need a veteran like Bryant McKinnie to hold down the fort until Armstead is ready, but this pick gives the position a much-needed injection of talent.

3. CB Robert Alford, Southeast Louisiana

San Diego's need for cornerback help depends on how one views third-year men Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright, who will be asked to step up significantly in 2013. Regardless, Alford has the physicality and agility to push the young veterans and carve out his own niche in the rotation. He is physical with receivers and fights for the ball; he also projects to be a stellar performer on special teams.

4. OT Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech

Why spend another pick on an offensive tackle? Look no further than the hours of game tape that indicate Jeromey Clary and King Dunlap should not be starting on Sundays. Mills is a hard worker -- the anti-Gaither, so to speak -- and plays with power and awareness. He is skilled enough to win the starting job at right tackle and has the athleticism to fill in on the left side in a pinch.

5. ILB A.J. Klein, Iowa State

The Chargers have yet to replace Takeo Spikes and cannot be comfortable with the candidates competing to start next to Donald Butler (Jonas Mouton, Bront Bird, Andrew Gachkar, etc.). Klein brings a lot to the mix, including strong run defense and underrated coverage ability. He's an intense competitor who'll help on special teams while working his way into the defensive mix.

6. SS Rashard Hall, Clemson

Hall has the measurables, smarts and skills to compete for a starting job. He is not an elite athlete and comes up a bit short in the speed department, but he has a long history of making plays (10 career interceptions). He would be a nice addition to a strong safety mix that include Brandon Taylor and Darrell Stuckey.

7. NT T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech

If Telesco wants to beef up his D-line late in the draft, he can't go wrong with the 369-pound Barnes. Although he must do a better job getting off blocks and making plays in the backfield, Barnes is already a strong run stopper who will occupy opposing offensive linemen. He won't be the second-coming of Jamal Williams, but he could be a nice rotational piece to spell Cam Thomas.



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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 16 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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