Reader’s Mock Draft: San Diego Chargers are the Clock

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Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargersoffensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt talks with quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during a timeout in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL draft will be here before we know it.  Now that Free Agency has settled down, team needs have come into focus.  That could mean only one thing – it’s time for another mock draft!  But rather than us sitting back and throwing darts at the wall, we thought we’d let you join in the fun.  We’ll roll through the draft order and give each team choices based on team needs and the best players available and you’ll vote on the picks for each team. On with the countdown…

25. San Diego Chargers (9-7)

The San Diego Super Chargers are back! Well, not exactly, but their first season under new head coach Mike McCoy saw a lot of success as they made their first playoff appearance since 2009. McCoy definitely imposed his offensive skills as the Chargers improved drastically in every offensive category including sacks allowed (49-2012, 30-2013). Their rushing attack improved from 31st in the NFL to 13th and Phillip Rivers had one of his best seasons (4,479 yards, 32 TDs), eventually being named comeback player of the year. Lets not underestimate the breakout season of rookie Keenan Allen as well, who broke rookie franchise records for a franchise known for their wide receivers throughout the years. The Chargers were able to win their road wild card game against the Bengals, only to have their season ended by the Broncos the following week. They will need to improve their 23rd ranked defense if they want to overcome Denver’s powerhouse offense…