Insight on 2nd round draft pick – Marcus Gilchrist


I was able to talk to DrB from Shakin’ the Southland, a blog for Clemson Tigers fans, in order to get more information on our Marcus Gilchrist, our pick in the 2nd round of the draft.

Here are the questions and his responses:

What kind of a player/person are we expected to see here in San Diego?

Have never seen or heard of any complaints or off the field issues with Marcus, he seems to come from a pretty good upbringing and has always been a smart football player. Really, you don’t hear anything about him except on gamedays.

He is expected to transition from safety to corner in San Diego, how do you think he will do with that change?

My opinion is that he’d be a good CB for a zone team, but doesnt have the raw speed to play it every down man/man in the NFL. I think his final position should be free safety.

We run a pro-style 4-3 defense here, which does a lot of things that Saban does at Alabama. We’re man/man and matchup zone. He played FS in 09 and his instincts for the position were extremely good. His technique is pretty good but he needs work on some footwork issues with his backpedal. We finished in the top 10 in pass efficiency defense with him at FS splitting time with a freshman AA Rashard Hall.

This past season he was primarily a corner, and often played nickel corner because his size and instincts at FS were useful there closer to the LOS. Hall played more FS this past season than Gilchrist did, but Marcus is a guy we could put anywhere and he’d be successful. Had Marcus been stuck into one position all the time, he may have excelled more.

I do think that he’s probably one of the most versatile defensive players we’ve had in over a decade.

What NFL player would he be most comparable to (past or present)?

He’s a big corner, but better at safety. He’s a cover guy who isn’t afraid of tackling or taking blockers on, but he is not a bigtime hitter. I see the Titans’ Michael Griffin on TV a ton, and he’s a little bit like him but is not the same playmaker.

What do you think of him as a kick/punt returner?

I think he’s good as a returner, but not the next level type of returner that someone like Desmond Howard was or Devin Hester is now. If anything he didn’t get used as returner more here because we had CJ Spiller and Jacoby Ford as kick returners.

Any other fun facts that we should know about him?

Again, you don’t hear about Marcus except on gameday. He’s a business-like player.

Tags: Clemson Marcus Gilchrist

  • bolt backer

    i love that he wont back down from a blocker and will make the tackles in comparison to some other chump that was shipped out of town to the Jets

  • http://boltbeat.com lighting 72

    I’m sorry but AJ gots to go. He’s wasted four picks on cb just to prove he was right in trading Crowmartie to the Jets. He was not right just like he wasn’t right in letting M.Turner walk and releasing our beloved LT. Spanos I consider you a smart owner. Can’t you see how AJ’s ego is dismantling our team.
    Lighting 72

    • bolt pride

      We needed some help at corner and this guy will be good in the return game. this kid is fast and he will make a hit!

      AJ was right in trading Cro when antoine cason stepped up and made plays. This guy will get a chance to learn from jammer and cason and then eventually take a starting job in a couple of years

  • http://boltbeat.com lighting 72

    I’ve been watching team closely since 07 and it dosen’t take a genius to see the Chargers are being mismanaged. Our GM has put a monkey rench in our organization. We didn’t get a good coach, we haven’t been loyal to our veteran players who instilled the winning culture in San Diego, ex. Jr Seau, Harrison, Breeze, M. Turner and LT.
    We are blowing it with free agent players who should have been lock up and signed to long term deals . VJ, Floyd, Weddle etc.

  • bolt pride

    maybe the reason why you are impatient with AJ is because you have only been really paying attention since 07. Before AJ got here, we were sitting at the bottom of the league and were just hoping to run into some wins somewhere. AJ is part of the reason we have turned it around..

    he still has things to prove and this is a big year for him, but we should at least let him do his thing this last year