Morning Dump - 5/3/11

Corey Liuget always was one of the biggest and most talented kids on the football field growing up.

And he always had people telling him to follow the crowd and join the hometown team if he wanted to be successful.

Former Missouri Tiger linebacker Andrew Gachkar was chosen by the San Diego Chargers with the 31st pick of the seventh round (234th out of 254 picks).

My take: I thought San Diego got good value, but frankly, I liked Kansas City’s and Denver’s drafts better. I thought those two teams got great value and each team grabbed several impact players. No knock on the Chargers’ draft, but I don’t think it was the best in the division.

“We got these guys in here, we like what we saw on tape,” said Chargers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, who got five potential new players between Thursday and Saturday. “Now it’s up to the kids. Will they have success in the season coming up? It’s on them, and it’s up to the coaches to put them in position to succeed.”

SAN DIEGO — The Chargers spent the NFL draft focused on defense. General manager A.J. Smith used five of his eight selections to pick defenders, including four in the first 89 picks.

Feeling edgy: The Chargers looked for, but didn’t draft an edge pass rusher to pair with their sack leader, Shaun Phillips. The outside backer I recommended for the second round, Arizona’s Brooks Reed, was taken by the Texans before the Bolts picked again. “We would have liked to have addressed it,” Chargers director of college scouting John Spanos told me. “But, sometimes you can’t control who’s there when you’re picking. We want to take the best guys that are there with each pick. We’re not going to take a guy solely based on need. We want to make sure we get value out of each pick, and unfortunately it didn’t work out to address that need.”

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