With the 45th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2013 NFL mock draft, the San Diego Chargers select Texas A&M defensive end/outside linebacker Damontre Moore. David Tokarz is serving as the Chargers' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
As I stated in my first round draft post (No. 11 overall, Star Lotulelei), the Chargers need tools on offense. That said, we're not drafting for need; this roster is probably a year or so away from competing in the AFC West, so if a really valuable player falls, I'm grabbing him.
I say that because there are three players that fell pretty far in this draft: Manti Te'o, Barrett Jones and Damontre Moore. I knew going into this pick that one of those three would be putting on a Chargers uniform (I have two of them graded out as a late first round value and the third as a mid-second round value and the highest ranked offensive player on my board). Te'o doesn't fit the scheme (the Chargers run a 3-4 and he's better suited for a 4-3), so he was out almost immediately. That narrowed my choice down to Jones and Moore.
I ended up choosing Moore. I like Jones, but his Lisfranc injury scares me, and I want a player ready for the season. Moore's combine was (to put it mildly) not good, but the risk in the second round is a little more understandable. Moore represents incredible value at No. 45. He's a pass rushing defensive end that would suit a 4-3 defense ideally, but he has value (and experience) playing outside linebacker at Texas A&M. As an excellent pass rusher, he'll bolster San Diego's nonexistent (or nearly) pass rush and will be an excellent building block and complement to Star Lotulelei on a rebuilt Chargers defense.
Check out the 2013 Pride Of Detroit Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.