POD Community Mock Draft: Pick No. 16

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Rd. # Player Pos. College
1 16 Percy Harvin WR Florida
General Manager: James L

With the sixteenth pick of the 2009 Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft, the San Diego Chargers select Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Here is James L's reasoning for the pick:

This is really a fallback pick. The players that San Diego was targeting are already off the board. A lot of analysts still have the Chargers taking a Running Back with this pick. LaDainian Tomlinson restructured his contract and will still have some gas in the tank. Although they still need to add a running back at some point, I think the Chargers can afford to wait until later in the draft to address the situation. The same can be said for the Offensive Line as well where the Chargers could use more help at Right Guard.

Where San Diego is starting to show cracks is on the Defensive side of the ball. The fans seemed to like the idea of drafting Rey Maualuga to shore up the linebacking core. He is already a favorite in Southern California and the Chargers faithful were almost ready to declare war after seeing their arch-nemesis, the Denver Broncos, select him at pick #12. One angry fan was heard saying, "I haven't been this mad at Denver since the blown call by Ed Hochuli." Where San Diego really could use help on Defense is at Safety and Defensive End. The problem is that most prospects left at those positions are a reach at this point. There had been chatter about Tyson Jackson, but that idea went out the window after the Packers selected him at pick #9. Robert Ayers could be a possibility but seems better suited to play Outside Linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. After signing Kevin Burnett from the Cowboys, the Chargers really don't have a need on the outside.

With all options on Defense being a huge reach, a poor fit, or already selected, the Chargers are forced to look to the Offense. Enter Percy Harvin, a gifted playmaker with plenty of speed and agility that make up for his lack of size. After recent speculation that the Chargers might trade Chris Chambers, Percy Harvin could immediately improve a lackluster receiving core and take some of the attention off of LaDainian Tomlinson and the running game. Philip Rivers will love having a new target that can seriously open up the Offense.

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