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Should The Chargers Draft Dre Kirkpatrick Or Another Corner?

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The general consensus is that the Chargers should concentrate on the defense in the upcoming draft and I agree.

On the defense back end, Quentin Jammer is getting old by professional football standards (32) and is entering his 10th season. Without an interception for the first time since his rookie season, it’s apparent that he has lost a step.

On the other sideline, I’m not a big fan of Antoine Cason. Last season he got burned so many times he should have been wearing a flame emblem on his helmet rather than a lightning bolt and Turner benched him in favor of Marcus Gilchrist for a game.

Gilchrist showed some promise but he still needs more playing time. I haven’t seen enough of Shareece Wright to even have an opinion.

Is the lack of performance by the cornerbacks the fault of having no pass rush? Partly, but I still think we’re weak in the cornerback area.

If Dre Kirkpatrick is still available, he would be ideal but that’s a big “if”. Janoris Jenkins might be a good pick if you rate him on pure football ability but he may have some character issues. He would probably be available at pick 18.

The question is: do the Chargers use their first pick on a good pass rusher or on a talented cornerback?

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  • samson2279

    @chargersbuzztap go get Assante Samuel from the Eagles

  • RussellGrant

    Pass rusher.  If the QB hears foot steps he makes mistakes.  Give a QB time in the pocket  and even Tebow can light you up.

  • Boltfan4life619

    @CHARGERSBUZZTAP No a pass rush is more important because without that the best corner in the league is useless.

  • 619chargers4life

    not this year

    • epadaon

       @619chargers4life if none of those youngsters step up… it will be next year

  • MikeTuck

    Trumaine Johnson out of Montana, guy is good. his size is larger than most, close to 6’2″ and 203 lbs. I think it would be great to have a great corner again!!

    • BoogaP

       Johnson has great size and above average ball skills.  To call him great is a bit premature.  I have a couple buddies who are Grizz alumni and even they bring up the “talent level” that they are matched up against.  They did also say that for that competition level he is very good.  I like what Gilchrist and Wright have to offer to be quite honest.  I hope to add Ron Brooks from LSU late, late in the draft ( 7th round).

      • RMainwaring

         @BoogaP I think Smith will add a corner earlier. If not the first pick, I’m thinkin’ he’ll pick one up more towards the 2nd or 3rd round. I don’t think he’ll wait until the 7th round. I’m guessing they will go with a pass rusher with the first pick, a corner at number two then a safety at number three.

        • BoogaP

           Could happen.  Imo, that would be A.J. admitting he was wrong last yr by taking Gilchrist and Wright.  He isn’t very good at admitting he was wrong.

        • RMainwaring

           @BoogaP I know, right?

        • A_Eme_O_Ere

           @BoogaP Gilchrist showed some flashes of being a potential starter. I doubt that any GM, not just AJ, would give up on a draft pick after only one year.

        • epadaon

           @A_Eme_O_Ere  @BoogaP i think gilchrist will be alright… he gets a real offseason to work with the team and doesnt have to deal with the stupid lockout and that jazz… hopefully he has been working hard this offseason

  • the gorn

    We need to dominate the line of scrimage before worrying about corners or safeties.

  • MikeTuck

     @BoogaP I’m there with you on Gilchrist, I think this is his come out year and will really shine including several Ints.Wright I’m not sold on and would like to see us take a chance on Johnson. Eastern Washington has a W/R that will be in next years draft ( Brandon kaufman 6′ 5″ 215) and he’s as good as Floyd and other big recievers to ke3ep the ball away from. The competition of the intire league is weaker at spots but not at offensive playmakers. Rice was from a small school too! Greg Herd 6′ 3″ 200 is also a Eastern WR and really good. Kaufman will be sought after next year and I’ll bet johnson won’t want to see him again. Big CB’s are hard to find and I think a 3rd rd pick if he’s there would warrent getting him.

  • MikeTuck

    @ Randymanwaring; he wasn’t wrong to take Gilchrist he’s a good player and can play s or CB.

    • RMainwaring

       @MikeTuck I never said it was wrong to draft Gilchrist or Wright. Gilchrist had shown some promise last year but needs more work. I really haven’t seen much of Wright to form an opinion. Chargers are going to need quality depth at corner and drafting a guy early would give them that. I think I’ve made it clear how I feel about Cason. I would like to see Gilchrist get more playing time instead of Cason.

  • Jesdog

    They should get rid of Mathews too

  • Jesdog

    They always get rid of all running back anyways.

    • RMainwaring

       @Jesdog Sure seems like they do. Remember Jordan Todman last year and Billy Latsko the year before? Gone. I really thought Todman had a future here.

  • MikeTuck

     @Jesdog I wanted them to run Todman as a change up so bad, and that’s why I would like them to get james or Hillman. But don’t even kid about Mathews, he’s a great runningback running behind a suspect line his first 2 years. At the end of last year when the line was thrown together with a mish-mosh of players it clicked and they got Baltimore and Buffalo and Rivers and Mathews excelled. Tod man and lasko were a case of to many RB’s in the soup. With the addition of McClain I think Hestor would be better off getting on another team. I personally like Hestor and again his play seemed average because the line was avg. There really isn’t room for hester on the squad now and I think the Chargers will add a Hillman or James if available at the right spot!

    • RMainwaring

       @MikeTuck  Exactly. I was hoping to see Todman fill the role of Darren Sproles. Him being smaller in stature, he could have disappeared through the line like Sprolesy did. I like Ryan Mathews. He’ll only get better as long as he doesn’t fumble the ball. I honestly don’t know how Hester will fit in unless he’s here purely for depth at fullback.

  • MikeTuck

    Unfortunately it will be in place of Jammer more than Cason. Gilchrist showed really well with limited time, and Cason looked bad but so did Jammer. Remember that these corners were playing with a lack of help from the D-Line play that was being held back by the gameplanning of you know who!!! You have to put pressure on a QB 4-5 sec max. But our corners were having to cover for 6-8 sec. No corner could have held up in that situation. The difference in the Baltimore and Buffalo game when laBoy went down and we used barnes and Phillips again to pressure the QB great things happened. To many times fans blame a individual in a team sport. it takes the whole team to do their job to make the thing run. We’ve been missing on a cylinder or two and that takes it’s toll. Gameplanning made our team look like we had a bunch of amatuers out there. This team played great when they were let go to play to win, blitzing on Defense and changing it up constantly. And the offense played well when they let them chage the pace and open the playbook insted of playing it safe. One 1st round wonder does not make a team better.

  • MikeTuck

     @RMainwaring Exactly but remember this, Marcus Allen had a hard time holding on to the ball his first few seasons but ended up one of the best San Diego natives there has been. mathews is a long gamer and will be around awhile.

    • RMainwaring

       @MikeTuck I’m all for that.