In this ESPN Insider piece, draft analyst Todd McShay has the San Diego Chargers selecting Mississippi defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche with the third overall pick in his first mock for the 2016 draft.
My take: I like the fit in terms of scheme. The Chargers need a disruptor inside, and at 6-foot-4 and 296 pounds, Nkemdiche can do that.
However, the Chargers are risk-averse and will not take someone like Nkemdiche this high if he cannot stay out of trouble. I know No. 3 is high to take a defensive back, but with Eric Weddle likely moving on free agency, I think adding a playmaker in the back end of San Diego’s defense like Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey makes some sense.
ESPN’s NFL Nation picked the best athlete from each team. For the Chargers, I selected running back Danny Woodhead over Jason Verett and Weddle. Others in consideration included Ladarius Green and Tyrell Williams.
My take: Woodhead ran a 4.33 40 and posted a 38.5-inch vertical at his pro day coming out of Division II Chadron State College. Woodhead averaged 26 points a game in basketball during his senior season in high school and ran a 10.5 100-meter dash. A scratch golfer, Woodhead has carded a 66 on the links.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com places Weddle at No. 12 on his top 20 free agents for 2016.
My take: Even though he has not had his best season this year, there will still be a good amount of interest in Weddle’s services in free agency because of his durability, production and ability to fit into any scheme.
My take: Interesting to hear some of the communication on the defensive side of the ball, and the motivation that Te’o provides during the game.