8 Players the San Diego Chargers Must Start Circling on Their 2013 Draft Board

Alex Ramirez@@alexramirez127Correspondent IOctober 17, 2012

October 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) yells a play back to running back Ryan Mathews (24) during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

It may be early, but the San Diego Chargers are in dire need at four positions: offensive line, wide receiver, cornerback and quarterback.

The draft is six months away, yet San Diego probably wishes it was tomorrow. After their historic collapse on Monday Night Football, the Chargers' weaknesses were fully exploited.


Offensive Line

Taylor Lewan, Michigan

Lewan is a left tackle that's 6'7'', 310 lbs. He's the second-rated prospect at the tackle position, and the Chargers need immediate help in that area. If Jared Gaither keeps getting injured, a new tackle must be brought in. Taylor Lewan could be that guy.

Projected Round: 1st

Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin

 Wagner is a versatile tackle that can play both the right and left side. He is another big guy, standing 6'6'' and weighing 318 lbs. His basketball background gives him better footwork than most tackles. 

Projected Round: 1st or 2nd


Jonathan Banks, Mississippi State

 Jonathan Banks is very underrated. Despite being the second-rated cornerback for the upcoming draft, he probably should be in the NFL this season. He wasn't noticed that much last year because of the cornerbacks in the SEC, like Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu. 

Projected Round: 1st

Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

 Six-foot Justin Gilbert is a player the Chargers can use. He's excellent on special teams, especially returning kicks. With Quentin Jammer at the end of his career, Antoine Cason's inconsistency and Marcus Gilchrist still working to improve, Gilbert would help immensely. He has the potential to be Jammer 2.0. 

Projected Round: 2nd

Wide Receiver

Justin Hunter, Tennessee

 The first thing that stands out with Justin Hunter is his athleticism. He's 6'4'', making him a perfect target for Philip Rivers. So far this season Hunter has 497 yards on 35 receptions and four touchdowns. His 14.2 yards per catch is a big reason he's the second-rated receiver right now. He has big-play potential that should entice teams come spring. 

Projected Round: 1st

Marquess Wilson, Washington State

 Starting out the year as the fourth-rated wide receiver, Marquess Wilson has dropped to No. 12. Although some say he's underperformed, which results in his ranking, Wilson is still a dangerous player and the Chargers could use another playmaker.

Projected Round: 3rd


Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

 The Chargers do not need to move on from Philip Rivers just yet, but drafting a quarterback early in the next draft may be a smart move. They did it with Rivers, having him play behind Drew Brees for a few years. Wilson's arm strength is his greatest attribute. San Diego may need to look closely at Wilson leading up to the draft.

Projected Round: 1st

Landry Jones, Oklahoma

 San Diego would love to land a guy like Landry Jones. He's 6'4'' and more mobile than Philip Rivers. (Well, everyone is more mobile than Rivers.) He has great accuracy and can make throws to the sideline and over the middle with ease. If San Diego can land him anywhere outside the first round, it would be a steal.

Projected Round: 2nd or 3rd