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The Owners Will Always Win

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No matter what the sport, fans will always be attracted to the spectacle as they’ll be willing to fork over their hard earned money to purchase merchandise and tickets in order to support their favorite team. But just because a fan is loyal to a certain team doesn’t mean that the organization will necessarily return the favor. We’ve seen sports franchises raise ticket prices, while also dishing out personal seat licensing fees to season ticket holders which has been known to alienate a fan base. But the biggest damage is done when a sports franchise decides to relocate to another city.

The City of San Diego is in the process of experiencing this as after 56 years, their beloved Chargers are leaving in favor of Los Angeles which they called home in 1960. The Chargers saga with San Diego has been a sad one as team owner Dean Spanos has tried to work with the city for nearly 15 years in order to procure a new stadium for his franchise, but he and city officials have never been able to get on the same page. The final straw was broken this past November on Election Day when voters in San Diego only gave 42% of the 66 needed in order to pass a law that would increase hotel tax in order to pay for a new stadium for the Chargers along with a convention center in the downtown area. And as the Rams were looking for a co-tenant in Los Angeles after they bolted St. Louis, Missouri last January, Spanos jumped at the opportunity.

It’s going to take some getting used to for all of us to call them the Los Angeles Chargers, but that’s the way that the cookie always crumbles. Regardless of the sport, team owners are always seeking new stadiums/arenas with new state-of-the-art features that will attract fans. The owners are always seeking a good portion of taxpayer money to supplement these projects, and if one city isn’t willing to play ball, they will always find another city that is willing to talk turkey.

It is this song and dance that saw the Dodgers leave Brooklyn, New York in favor of Los Angeles in 1957, the Colts leave Baltimore, Maryland in favor of Indianapolis, Indiana in March 1984, and the Browns to leave Cleveland, Ohio for Baltimore where they became the Ravens in 1996. These are not the only sports franchises to move from one city to another, but they just happen to be some of the most iconic organizations, and if they can do it, anyone will.

The Chargers called Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium their home in San Diego for the majority of their time there, and by all definitions it is indeed a dinosaur when it comes to facilities by National Football League standards. Since 2000, 13 teams have gotten new stadiums with the Rams, Chargers, and Atlanta Falcons all waiting in the wings to get new facilities. Stadiums are not always out of date, but the race is always on to get luxury boxes, PSLs, and to stay in the good graces of the National Football League when it comes to potentially hosting a Super Bowl. Qualcomm last hosted the Super Bowl in 2003 and the NFL was far from being pleased with the facilities then which was the beginning of Spanos’ battle with the City of San Diego as getting a new stadium.

Dean Spanos

But whereas Spanos didn’t get what he wanted from San Diego, Los Angeles was willing to play ball as after not having a National Football League franchise for 21 years, the City of Angels now has two. And as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will get a ton of credit for brokering the deal to have the NFL return to L.A., it is coincidental that all of this went down after the passing of former Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders owner Al Davis who after failing to procure a new stadium in Hollywood Park, decided to return his franchise to Oakland in 1995.

So now the Chargers are set to join the Rams in Los Angeles where the excitement cannot be that high as the Rams return to Southern California saw them go 4-12 this past season while also giving the San Francisco 49ers their only two victories of the campaign. The Chargers just went 5-11 as they went out of their way to lose games this past season which won’t bring excitement to L.A.

The Chargers will now have to build a fan base in Los Angeles and leave behind the legacies of Lance Alworth, John Hadl, Fred Dean, Gary “Big Hands” Johnson, Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow, Charlie Joiner, Sid Gilman, Don Coryell, Junior Seau, Rodney Harrison and LaDanian Tomlinson as they will always be embedded in the fabric of San Diego. Quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates who are lifers with the Chargers are now set to make the trek up Interstate-5 to Los Angeles and in the process they’ll leave behind a somber fan base.

Attendance for Chargers home games declined in recent years in part to their poor record and the rumors about a potential move to Los Angeles. And just like St. Louis last year, I don’t see San Diego getting another National Football League franchise anytime soon as there is disdain on both sides of the ledger.

But the decisions of a few men have once again hurt so many as the Chargers iconic “powder blue” uniforms won’t be the same in Los Angeles as they truly represented San Diego, and I doubt that many people will be willing to make the three-hour trip north each Sunday to see them play. The Chargers were as iconic in San Diego as the Zoo and Sea World, but all good things come to an end.

It never helped the situation when Major League Baseball’s Padres got a new stadium in The Gaslamp District in 2004 as Spanos had to sit by and watch that go down. Now Spanos was simply sick and tired of being sick and tired. But in this case there won’t be any winners in spite of the fact that Spanos will be getting the new stadium that he coveted. It was easy for the Chargers to get lost in the shuffle of the small-market San Diego, but their ineptitude on the gridiron will now be under the microscope in Los Angeles. The Chargers will also have to share Los Angeles with the Rams as it will take each franchise close to two decades to properly build a rapport with the folks in Los Angeles at the rate that each of them wins football games. But that is the world in which we live in where’s the only loyalty that we as people display is to the almighty dollar, which has been known to sometimes sour personal relationships in the process. Spanos might be loved in Los Angeles, but once he leaves San Diego, he’ll be at the point of no return.

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Don’t Cry For Me San Diego

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The Chargers have called the City of San Diego home since 1961 as they’ve been a staple there. Since 1967, the Chargers have played their home games at Qualcomm Stadium (formerly Jack Murphy Stadium, but this is a facility that is far from being state-of-the art. At one time Qualcomm was home to the Chargers, Major League Baseball’s Padres, and the San Diego State University football team. But in 2004, the Padres moved into Petco Park which was a state-of-the-art stadium that was built in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. The Chargers have not been as fortunate to receive a new stadium, and after voters in San Diego didn’t vote in favor of a proposal last month that would have seen an increase in hotel tax in order to build a new convention center downtown, along with a new stadium for the Chargers, this is a franchise that appears to be at the end of their rope in the city.

Dean Spanos

Chargers team president and CEO Dean Spanos has tried for several years to work with city officials in order to get a new stadium for his team, but to no avail. And as Los Angeles is hungry to have another team join the Rams there, the Chargers appear ready to pack up and make the three-hour trip on Interstate-5 for L.A.

The National Football League is an industry that generates more than $9 billion a year as it relies on things such as lucrative television deals, along with their teams having state-of-the-art stadiums. Since 1996, 21 new stadiums have been built, while three more have been renovated. And the icing on the cake is that Atlanta Falcons are set to move into the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium next season.

But the Chargers have been left out of the party as Qualcomm Stadium is an aging facility that lacks the modern amenities that the National Football League covets such as luxury boxes and a close proximity to the downtown area. And since Qualcomm is not viewed as an historic venue such as Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconin, the league sees it as a dinosaur.

Spanos has done his part to keep the Chargers in San Diego, and although that there will be some heartbroken people within the city, all signs point to the New Year’s Day home game against the Kansas City Chiefs being their last one in the 6-1-9.

And with that Chargers fans in San Diego will only have the memories of Sid Gilman who was the head coach that led this organization to the American Football League Championship in 1963, while he revolutionized offensive football. Then of course there was “Air Coryell” of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s under the leadership of head coach Don Coryell and quarterback Dan Fouts that set numerous passing records that paved the way for the modern passing game. There were also the miracle Chargers of 1994 that came out of nowhere to win the AFC West before they would upset both the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs en route to their only Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. The Chargers have had their fair share of Hall of Fame players suit up for them such as wide receiver Charlie Joiner and defensive end Fred Dean, and although that they were never able to bring a Super Bowl Champion to San Diego, they definitely left a lasting impression.

And just like St. Louis, Missouri last year that bid farewell to the Rams as they returned to Los Angeles, the odds are against San Diego getting another National Football League franchise as this is one of the smaller markets in the league that hasn’t been known to possess a fan base that would consistently support the Chargers who’ve recently been near the bottom in regards to home attendance. A potential move by the Chargers would also mark the second time that the City of San Diego lost a major sports franchise as the NBA’s Clippers left town in 1984 in favor of Los Angeles.

But as there will definitely see some sad faces when and if the Chargers head north for Los Angeles, the folks in San Diego had every opportunity to keep their team . The sand in the hour glass is nearly done as Spanos appears to be at the point of no return with the only football likely to remain in the city would that of San Diego State, along with the Poinsettia and Holiday Bowls.

Source: Pro-football-reference.com

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2016 Week 8 NFL Picks

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Will Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders be able to make it consecutive wins in the State of Florida?

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2016 Week 1 NFL Picks

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Is Quarterback Robert Griffin III ready to make the most of his opportunity with Cleveland Browns?

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2016 AFC West Projections

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X-Oakland Raiders 10-6

There is plenty of uncertainty around which city that the Oakland Raiders will be calling home in a few years, but one thing for sure is that this is a team that is finally close to once again being a contender in the National Football League. Since losing Super Bowl 37 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Raiders have not made the playoffs, and they’ve never produced a winning record. And over that stretch, the Raiders have had 9 different head coaches, but they appear to have finally hit pay dirt with Jack Del Rio.

Jack Del Rio

Prior to joining the Raiders, Del Rio was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and he led them to a pair of playoff appearances. And what Del Rio has done in a short period time with the Raiders is to change the culture in the Bay Area.

Del Rio inherited a young quarterback in Derek Carr who has continued to grow under Del Rio and Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. Last year Carr fell just 13 yards shy of becoming only the third quarterback in Raiders franchise history to pass for 4,000 yards. And in Carr’s first two years in the National Football League, he has quickly shown a tremendous pocket presence that has already seen him make the Pro Bowl.

The Raiders have had a long affinity for the speed at the wide receiver position. But now the Raiders not only have speed at wide receiver as they also have play makers as well. Last year as a rookie, wide receiver Amari Cooper was able to develop chemistry with Carr which saw Cooper grab 72 receptions and 1,070 yards. Aside from Cooper, the Raiders have a veteran wide receiver in Michael Crabtree as these two are set to become one of the best pass catching duos in the National Football League.

One thing that has hurt the Raiders recently has been there inability to consistently run the football. But last year running back Latavius Murray became the first Raiders running back since 2010 to gain at least 1,000 yards on the ground and with Del Rio committed to establishing the run game, Oakland should be able to have balance on offense this season.

As the Raiders are looking to improve off of their ranking of possessing the 22nd ranked defense last year, an improved unit could symbolize a trip to the postseason. And as Ken Norton Jr. is set to begin his second year as the defensive coordinator with the Raiders, he might have the most talented groups of linebackers in the National Football League under his guidance.

Khalil Mack

Outside linebacker Khalil Mack was the fifth overall pick of the 2014 National Football League Draft by the Raiders and in a very short time he has become one of the best edge rushers in the league. This off-season saw Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie sign outside linebacker Bruce Irvin who is a pass rush specialist. Irvin spent the last four years with the Seattle Seahawks and he helped them win Super Bowl 48. And the Raiders are hoping that Irvin’s experience, along with his ability to rush the passer will pay dividends this season. Aside from Mack and Irvin, the Raiders used a third-round pick this past April on defensive end/outside linebacker Shilique Calhoun. For the past three years, Calhoun was on the Big Ten Conference’s First-team as he helped the Michigan State Spartans be a national power. Calhoun now gets the opportunity to learn from Norton Jr. who himself was a quality linebacker in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, while also possibly having free lanes to rush the quarterback due to the ability of Mack and Irvin.

Three of the Raiders first four games will be on the road, but as long as this young team doesn’t get discouraged, they should be able to hang around as nobody is expected to run away with the AFC West Title this season.

Kansas City Chiefs 10-6

Andy Reid

There has definitely been a culture change for the Kansas City Chiefs under head coach Andy Reid. In Reid’s three seasons in Kansas City, the Chiefs have not had a losing record, and he’s become the first head coach in the history of the franchise to accomplish that since Marty Schottenheimer who did it in 1991. Reid and the Chiefs will head into the 2016 National Football League looking to build off the momentum they ended last season with. After beginning 2015 with a record of 1-5, Kansas City would win their final 10 games of the regular season to become the first team in NFL history to start with such a porous record and still qualify for the postseason. In the process the Chiefs were able to win their first playoff game since January 1994, and now it could be the momentum needed for them to get back to the Super Bowl for the first time as a member of the NFL.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith doesn’t have the strongest arm in the National Football League, but Reid has made it his business to maximize the signal callers strengths which includes his running ability. And Smith has done a solid job as far as not forcing the football, or relying on the deep pass.

Last year the Chiefs were sixth in the National Football League in rushing offense and they did it with a committee of running backs. When running back Jamaal Charles suffered a knee injury, it gave Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware the opportunity to show what they can do. And although that neither player gained 1,000 yards on the ground, their presence along with a healthy a healthy Charles could give the Chiefs the best group of running backs in the NFL.

But as good as the Chiefs have been in regards to running the football, the same cannot be said about their passing game as they were 30th in the National Football League last year in passing yardage. The Chiefs do have a pair of viable options in the passing game in wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and tight end Travis Kelce, but they are still lacking another solid wide receiver who could change the tenor of what Kansas City is able to do on offense.

2015 saw the Chiefs have the seventh ranked defense in the National Football League and even though that Kansas City had the deal with several losses to the unit in free agency, they should once again be very formidable under defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.

Dontari Poe

Nose tackle Dontari Poe consistently commands a double-team in the trenches which opens things up for inside linebacker Derrick Johnson. The Chiefs also possess a solid pass rush in the form of outside linebackers Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, and Dee Ford as this trio can change the tenor of what opposing offenses want to do. A young Chiefs player to be on the lookout for here in 2016 is rookie linebacker Dadi Nicholas. Nicholas was the Chiefs sixth-round pick this past April, and whereas Kansas City has plenty of depth at linebacker, he could become an impact player on special teams to begin his National Football League career.

The Chiefs secondary has plenty of talent and they can learn from secondary coach Al Harris who was solid cornerback in the National Football League for more than a decade. Cornerback Marcus Peters enters the 2016 NFL season as the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year as he snagged 8 interceptions last year. Eric Berry has tremendous range at free safety, and if quarterbacks don’t want to test Peters, they will still have their hands full with cornerback Steve Nelson.

As the Chiefs are looking to make the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since 1995, they have a chance to put themselves in a good position to accomplish that early on in the season with games against the San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Oakland Raiders as they look to set the tone for themselves in the AFC.

Denver Broncos 9-7

In 2010, the Denver Broncos were coming off of one of their worst seasons in franchise history as they only managed to go 4-12. The bad season by the Broncos would result in a changing of the guard as John Elway was named as the team’s executive vice president of football operations. Elway set out to return the Broncos to their winning ways and in each of his five years at the helm, Denver has found themselves postseason bound. Under Elway, the Broncos have had the same winning formula that was prevalent during his playing days which was capped off this past February when Denver won their first Super Bowl Championship since he retired in 1998.┬áBut as the Broncos will begin the upcoming National Football League season as the defending Super Bowl Champions, they will have a different look due to the roster overhaul.

Quarterback Peyton Manning has decided to retire and his understudy in Brock Osweiler bolted in free agency to join the Houston Texans. The Broncos also lost linebacker Danny Trevathan in free agency to the Chicago Bears and defensive end Malik Jackson to the Jacksonville Jaguars. But Elway is attempting to keep the Broncos machine rolling.

It was prudent of Elway to not get into a bidding war for Osweiler’s services as he received $18 million per season from the Texans in spite of not being a consistent quarterback. Elway would use a first-round pick of quarterback Paxton Lynch this past April during the National Football League Draft. At 6’7″, 245 lbs., Lynch is a big quarterback and he doesn’t get enough credit for being athletic. The Broncos are going about it in the right way as Lynch is not expected to be the starting quarterback when the season begins and he can gain some valuable understanding as he watches from the sidelines.

Mark Sanchez

The Broncos did acquire veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez from the Philadelphia Eagles. Sanchez has had an up and down career in the National Football League which was highlighted by him helping the New York Jets reach the AFC Championship Games during the 2009 and 2010 NFL seasons. In 72 starts, Sanchez has a career record of 37-35 while he has thrown 86 touchdown passes to 84 interceptions. Sanchez is at his best when he is playing on a team that can run the football along with possessing a solid defense which happens to be two traits that the Broncos have. And as long as Sanchez doesn’t attempt to play hero ball, he can give the Broncos a solid signal caller.

Last year the Broncos didn’t have a running back gain 1,000 yards on the ground, but the combination of Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson did combine for 1,583 yards and 12 touchdowns. Behind a veteran offensive line that includes former Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung, I expect the Broncos to concentrate more on running the football this season which is typically a hallmark of a team that is coached by Gary Kubiak.

The Broncos do have talent at the wide receiver position in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as each player went over 1,000 yards in last season. And it will be important for both Thomas and Sanders to develop some chemistry with Sanchez in the passing game.

The Broncos defense is coming off of a year for the ages. The 2015 Broncos joined the 1975 Minnesota Vikings and 1991 Philadelphia Eagles as the only units in National Football League history to be the top-ranked defense while also being first against the run and the pass. This Broncos defense only allowed 44 points in three playoff games en route to a Super Bowl Championship and under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, they can once again be stingy.

After Trevathan and Jackson left in free agency, it was paramount that Elway would sign outside linebacker Von Miller to a long-term deal. Initially the Broncos attached the franchise tag to Miller this off-season in the hopes of working out a deal. But it didn’t seem like it would happen until Elway and the Broncos upped their offer as far as guaranteed money. The Broncos and Miller would agree on a five-year deal that is worth $114 million that includes $70 million in guaranteed money and it was the right thing for Elway to do. Miller is the reigning Super Bowl MVP and he can single-handedly change the tenor of what the Broncos can do defensively due to his pass rushing ability along with the fact that he consistently commands a double team.

Von Miller

Aside from Miller, the Broncos have quality outside linebackers in DeMarcus Ware and Shane Ray. Ware is set to begin his 12th National Football League season and his 134.5 career sacks are 11th on the league’s all-time list for sacks. Ray has raw potential and he could see more time on the field in this his sophomore campaign in the NFL.

The Broncos still have the likes of defensive end Derek Wolfe and nose tackle Sylvester Willams up front that can consistently command double teams, while their secondary is littered with play makers in the form of cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., along with strong safety T.J. Ward who is an excellent run defender.

The Broncos will open the defense of their Super Bowl crown against the team that they defeated to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the Carolina Panthers on September 8. As the Broncos are the defending champs, they will be taking everyone’s best shot, and the second half of their schedule won’t be easy as it includes four games against the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs which will more than likely decide the winner of the AFC West.

San Diego Chargers 6-10

As the 2016 National Football League season is set to begin, the San Diego Chargers know that they might have the best quarterback in the AFC West in Philip Rivers, but in recent years he hasn’t had the pleasure of having a solid supporting cast. Five out of the last six years have seen the Chargers fail to make the playoffs which included them going 4-12 last season. The Chargers flirted with the notion of moving to Los Angeles as well, but at least for now they will continue to call San Diego home. But will the folks in San Diego be once again proud to cheer on the Chargers?

Philip Rivers

As things go for Rivers, he is coming off of the seventh year of his National Football League career in which he passed for at least 4,000 yards. And by the end of this season Rivers should pass Dan Fouts to become the Chargers all-time leader for passing yards. But a big reason for the big passing yards by Rivers is due to the fact that the Chargers have lacked a solid running game to offset their passing attack.

Last year the Chargers leading rusher was running back Melvin Gordon with just 641 yards as San Diego was ranked 31st in rushing offense. The Chargers will miss the presence of wide receiver Malcolm Floyd who retired, but they still have Keenan Allen at wide receiver who is one of the best in the National Football League as long as he can remain healthy.

Last season the Chargers were 20th in the National Football League in total defense and they attempted to address that early on during the draft when they used the third overall pick on defensive end Joey Bosa. But with training camp here, Bosa still remains unsigned which isn’t going to go over well with the veterans in the locker room. Under defensive coordinator John Pagano, the Chargers linebacking unit which includes the likes of Manti Te’o, Melvin Ingram, Jeremiah Attaochu, and Denzel Perryman can be special; if they are able to remain healthy.

With a much improved AFC West, it will be tough for the Chargers to keep up under head coach Mike McCoy as this could still be their swan song in San Diego.

Source: Pro-football-reference.com

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2016 AFC West Draft Grades

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Denver Broncos

Grade: B

First Round Pick: Paxton Lynch-Quarterback-Memphis

Best Pick: Paxton Lynch

The defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos entered the 2016 National Football League Draft knowing that they had several holes to fill and that is exactly what the team’s executive president of football operations John Elway set out to do.┬áThe Broncos were hit hard by free agency and Elway went to work as far keeping the Broncos machine going.

Paxton Lynch

The Broncos picked last in the first round, but Elway moved up five spots to select Memphis Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch. At 6’7″, 244 lbs., Lynch is the big quarterback that Elway covets and he along with Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak will look to groom into being a solid starter.

Aside from Lynch, the Broncos added depth in the trenches with the likes of defensive tackle Adam Gotsis and guard Connor McGovern. But if Denver’s fourth-round pick in running back Devontae Booker is able to stay healthy, he could become one of the steals of the draft.

Kansas City Chiefs

Grade: B

First Round Pick: None

Best Pick: Round Five-Kevin Hogan-Quarterback-Stanford

In 2015, the Kansas City Chiefs came out of nowhere to earn a wild card berth in the AFC. And after advancing to the AFC Divisional Playoffs, the Chiefs lack of talent at the wide receiver position finally caught up to them. But for some reason Chiefs head coach Andy Reid passed on several opportunities to address that issue early in the National Football League Draft.

Kevin Hogan

This draft process was simply about adding depth for the Chiefs, but they may have struck gold in the fifth round when they selected Stanford Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan. Hogan was a four-year starter at Stanford which included leading his team two three Rose Bowl appearances. To me Hogan was the most pro-ready quarterback in this year’s draft and if Reid coaches him up properly, he should become a solid player. Another sleeper pick came for the Chiefs in the sixth round when they selected Virginia Tech Hokies defensive end Dadi Nicolas. Nicolas has solid edge rushing skills and he can now learn from two of the best in the business in Kansas City from outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.

Oakland Raiders

Grade: B

First Round Pick: Karl Joseph-Safety-West Virginia

Best Pick: Round Three-Shilique Calhoun-Defensive End-Michigan State

The Oakland Raiders are showing that they are ready to get back to the National Football League Playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Raiders may have reached with their first round selection of West Virginia Mountaineers safety Karl Joseph, but they made up for it after that.

Reggie McKenzie

The middle rounds of the National Football League Draft saw Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie go to work in finding play makers. McKenzie has a thing for the Big Ten Conference as in the second round he selected Illinois Fighting Illini defensive end Jihad Ward which was followed by the selection of Michigan State Spartans defensive end Shilique Calhoun in the third round. Calhoun had the talent to go in the early portion of the second round, but he fell to Oakland at the middle of the third round. Both Ward and Calhoun will compete from their first day in training camp and they could set the Raiders up with solid edge rushers for the coming years.

In the fourth round, McKenzie found Calhoun’s collegiate teammate in quarterback Connor Cook. Some people felt that Cook could have gone in the first round, but this could be a situation where McKenzie will groom him to trade him in a few years as the Raiders have their franchise quarterback in Derek Carr.

The fifth round saw the Raiders select Texas Tech Red Raiders running back DeAndre Washington who’ll be used on third down situations while also becoming an impact player on special teams.

San Diego Chargers

Grade: C+

First Round Pick: Joey Bosa-Defensive End-Ohio State

Best Pick: Joey Bosa

Joey Bosa

The 2016 National Football League Draft went downhill for the San Diego Chargers as soon as it started. The Chargers appeared poised to select Ole Miss Rebels offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil until a questionable photo appeared of him on Twitter. The Chargers then decided on Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Joey Bosa in spite of the fact that selecting an edge rusher wasn’t their biggest need.

The Chargers did select Arkansas Razorbacks tight end Hunter Henry in the second to be the heir apparent to tight end Antonio. But throughout the entire National Football League Draft, San Diego failed to properly address their issues on the offensive line as this unit has had problems in protecting quarterback Philip Rivers.

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