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SBN Mock Draft: Pick No. 30

No. 30

Pick by Mile High Report

Dwayne Jarrett
Wide Receiver

Since we have no Chargers blog, the San Diego pick was made by our man TheSportsGuru at our Broncos blog, Mile High Report. Who says thusly:

The San Diego Chargers went 14-2 last season and had the inside track to reach Super Bowl XLI. With an all-world running back in LaDainain Tomlinson and a stout defense as good as there is the Chargers still fell short. One glaring weakness the team had the entire season was a lack of depth and stability at the wide receiver position. When you have a player like L.T. on your offense a lot of weaknesses can be hidden. Get into the playoffs and play a team like New England and they'll find a way to expose those weaknesses. After an awful playoff performance by Eric Parker, Keenan McCardell and Vincent Jackson, the teams incumbent wide-outs, the Charger need to get better now at Wide Receiver and Jarrett does just that.

At 6-4, 219, Jarrett has the size to give any DB problem on the outside. His straight-line speed is a bit of a questions mark, but I know what I saw on the field, in games, from Jarrett and few times did his game-speed look un-impressive. His stats while at USC look more NFL like than college, averaging over 70 catches and nearly 1100 yards a season, while grabbing 41 TDs in his Trojan career. Jarrett has great leaping ability, and long arms to go up and make plays many receivers and most DB's won't be able to make. What he lacks in speed he more than makes up in athletic ability, and his penchant for coming up big in the biggest games makes Jarrett exactly the type of player the Chargers need to take the pressure off L.T. and QB Philip Rivers.

As much good A.J. Smith has done in San Diego he has yet to get the Chargers an explosive receiver to compliment the dominant running game. Smith will rectify that this year and give Norv Turner another weapon in what is already a loaded Chargers offense.

Chicago is on the clock, but our pals at Windy City Gridiron have already made their selection and their writeup. That'll be coming up once you've had a chance to absorb the San Diego pick. Soonly, that is.