Another Broken Draft Pick for the Chargers

Another Broken Bolt for the Chargers
By: Devin Radigan

Let me start off by saying for the most part I really love the changes the Bolts have made during the offseason. We had a great free agency and the draft went much better than I could have imagined. But there is one thing that really bugs me about the draft pick chosen in the fifth round. Now I know that Johnnie Troutman is a beast and that he is a tremendous football player. He was drafted as a project because the Chargers knew he recently had pectoral surgery. But there is still a lot of value that can be had in the fifth round. You can find value in every round in the draft. Tom Brady is one of the best players in the NFL and a future Hall of Famer (I don’t like him either) and he was drafted in the sixth round.

Recently I read an article written by Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune. He quoted AJ Smith saying “You know what this all means? Wait and see,” Smith said. “But I look at this draft and believe that the only thing that can stop it from being one of our best is bad luck, or health”. By health AJ does that fall under the category of drafting a guy that had surgery a week ago and more than likely will miss the entire season? No offense AJ but I don’t think a “wait and see” attitude is what Bolts fans are looking for at this stage of the game. And with your job on the line (at least I thought it was) I don’t think you can afford to just “wait and see”.

This isn’t the first time the Chargers front office has wasted a draft pick. If you recall in the 2009 NFL Draft the Chargers selected LSU WR Demetrius Byrd with the 224th pick in the 7th round. I’m sure that while Byrd was lying in a hospital bed recovering from a horrible car accident he was pretty happy to find out he was drafted by the Chargers. Now this was no fender bender, the guy was in the Intensive Care Unit in critical but stable condition. You can read about this further if you need a memory refresher. Byrd eventually recovered just in time to get cut by the Chargers. He never played a snap in the NFL and in my opinion that is just another example of value that could have been found elsewhere.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not bashing the job the Bolts front office did in the draft. In fact I think they did a great job and I’m excited to see all our new guys perform and finally bring a championship to San Diego. But after missing the playoffs two years in a row and being the team that “always gets off to a slow start” and “always underachieves” and somehow always finds the craziest way to lose games, every draft pick should have the chance to make the team and contribute in September. Not next year! Now! Maybe I’m overreacting. What do you think? Let me know.

Topics: Demetrius Byrd, Draft., Johnnie Troutman

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  • BoogaP

    You’re overreacting. lol

  • Sam123123

    Definite overreaction there. A seventh or fifth round draft pick is not always going to be a starter. Some times risky players are picked in the hope that they can blossom into starters.

  • biggsybolt

    @BoogaP knew you where gona say that, lol

  • the gorn

    Byrd had the accident before he was picked.  I  have no issue there as he was projected to be an earlier pick had the accident not happened.  However, Troutman was considered by many to be a UDFA even without the surgery.  Now, that we know, this pick truly looks like an act of poor judgement or laziness, i.e., not conducting necessary due diligence.

  • BoogaP

    I have tweeted w/ Troutman and he feels like he could be ready by midseason.  Not to say that he will be ready; but he seems to think so.
     
    To “hate” on the Byrd pickup is interesting. He was projected as a 2nd-3rd pick.
     
    To bring up Brady in the 6th is even more interesting…. That happens all the time right? Hmm….

  • Sam123123

    Yea there are so many TB

    • BoogaP

       @Sam123123
       Cracks me up when ppl bring him up. I am a huge U of M fan. “WE” didn’t know what he was going to be, obviously.

  • Sam123123

    Yea there are so many Bradys found in the sixth round. Every year there are so many HOF’s that are found in the 6th and 7th round. Or am I being sarcastic.

    • BoogaP

       @Sam123123
       Thank U!

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    i still believe in @kencaminiti21 theory of why we selected Johnnie Troutman.. if you don’t know, then you might have to just read his article! 
     
    http://boltbeat.com/2012/05/02/where-do-the-chargers-draft-picks-fit/
     

  • Calum

    I’d rather have had Chris Rainey tbh. At least he could make an impact this season. I do see the long term value, but I agree on the need for short-term results, and Rainy had dropped so far. Could’ve taken a ‘filler’ OL in the 7th.

    • BoogaP

       @Calum
       I think I’ve liked all but the “removed” comment, Not sure what it was though.  Anyone care to tell me?
       
      Anyway, I have made my opinion on Rainey crystal clear. BUT, I like the drafting of Troutman. If for some reason Green doesn’t work out…..God forbid…. but then AJ has provided much needed depth at a position which helps keep Philip’s jersey clean. Just not for this year.

    • devinradigan

      With him still being available when he was I really though the Bolts were going to grab him! Guess I was wrong.

  • MikeTuck

    Drafting Troutman is still good value. We need to beef up our offensive line and the future is always in need of these giants. Offensive linemen are pretty resilent when it comes to lasting awhile in the league so lets have a wait and see attitude, if he turns out to be as good as I’ve heard then he’ll be more than welcome next year.

    • BoogaP

       @MikeTuck
       Good post Mike.  Troutman is a beast. Very good in run blocking and aggressive in pass pro.  He will only get better having Hal Hunter and oline coach helping him out.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    wasnt iloka available… man i wanted him, even though we picked up brandon taylor

    • BoogaP

       @epadaon
       Even though we took Taylor, I wouldn’t have minded, obviously, if we would have taken Iloka in the 5th. 
       
      I projected O-line in the fifth and that’s what we did. Thought it would be a TAckle though.  I believe in Green. I think he was solid last year and will only improve this year.

  • BrandonReisinger

    I think you are jumping the gun a little bit on this one, 1st off drafting for need and looking for immediate impact players is the WRONG mentality! There are a lot of adjustments that need to be maid in the transition from the collegiate level to the pro’s, completely new systems, new coaches, new team mates. It takes a year your two to really settle in and get comfortable. Every once in a while you see a player come out of the draft and have an immediate impact. but its pretty rare! So drafting with that mentality would be flat out silly! You draft for the future of the organization. I’m sure there was a physical done on Troutman and everyone was aware of any medical issues he has, with that said there must have been something about him they really liked about him. Lets just give it time and see how he develops! We all need to stop getting on and off the AJ bandwagon and give the man credit where credit is due! Not just for this off season but his whole career as our GM. Remember where we where before he came around?!?!? I for one am going to keep the faith

    • BrandonReisinger

      Lol maid!!! I need to slow down when i’m typing….. Made*

    • BoogaP

       @BrandonReisinger
       Could not have said it better…..Well, minus some spelling, and I sure as hell wouldn’t say it wearing that silly ass hat! LMAO! Just kidding bro. You and I agree on most shtuff it seems like. Not that hat though. lol.

      • BrandonReisinger

         @BoogaP Hey!! I like that hat!! I do need to chance that pic though! hahahah!!! Almost as bad as leaving Christmas lights up year round!! 

        • BoogaP

           @BrandonReisinger
           Two drops of pee just came out.  Bad Boys quote…not sure if it’s one or two….
           
          Anyway, You were pretty spot on man. Like it.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

           @BrandonReisinger  @BoogaP you must never change the hat pic now!! hahaha

        • BrandonReisinger

           @epadaon  @BoogaP To late, I’v had people on facebook bitching about it as of late too… It was time

        • BrandonReisinger

           @epadaon  @BoogaP Ill bring it back end of Dec. when we are going into the playoffs 16-0 

        • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

           @BrandonReisinger  @BoogaP hahahah… you are not allowed to change anything in fear of a jinx if we are 16-0!

        • BrandonReisinger

           @epadaon  @BoogaP Ohhhh your one of those…… There are somethings you need to change! There is a 4 day maximum on underwear! Front, Back flip inside out and repeat. Only to be used in emergency situations!  

    • devinradigan

       @BrandonReisinger Thanks for the solid feedback on my article. I totally agree that drafting solely for an immediate impact is foolish. The point I was trying to make is that the Bolts have missed the playoffs and underachieved two years in a row. They need all the help they can get now. If it sounded like I was bashing AJ thats not what my intention was. You’re right that he has turned the franchise around from where it wa years ago. And yes credit is due for that. However, there have been a few years in a row that his ego has gotten in the way and some foolish choices have been made putting the Bolts in the situation they are currently in. But like you I am also going to keep the faith. Thanks for your feedback.

      • BrandonReisinger

         @devinradigan I agree, His ego has undoubtedly had an effect the last couple years, with the Jackson and McNeal holdouts in 10′ and unwillingness to stray away from his philosophy to build through the draft and pick up some solid FA to fill holes. I hope my feedback did not come off as an attack, more just a general statement. Cause AJ is human just like the rest of us, we all make mistakes… The key is to learn and grow from those mistakes, and i think his actions this year is his way of showing that he has.

        • devinradigan

          Nailed it!!! Couldn’t have said it better.

  • sdboltzfan

    I don’t want to be a downer, but i wasn’t all that happy with our draft outside of the first round. Ingram was the obvious choice by some miracle falling to us at 18, no genius move there. Where our smarts needed to come in was after round one. Our second round pick wasnt the best available imo. We could have traded up in the second for LMJ and still gotten Taylor in the third. Or traded up in the second for Lavonte David and converted him to our safety. I feel like our second round pick was a bit of a dud. i guess time will tell.

    • BoogaP

       @sdboltzfan
       DUDE! check ur email bro!

      • sdboltzfan

         @BoogaP i havent gotten any new emails from you, I just emailed you.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @sdboltzfan Time will tell.., and you know I love me some Lavonte David!!

      • devinradigan

        I like him to. There were a number of times watching the draft that a guy would come off the board to another team and I was like “dammit!” Harrison Smith for example. Stupid Vikes!!

  • devinradigan

    Hey everyone thanks for all the feedback on my article. Some of you cmmented on me bringing up Brady being drafted in the 6th. Yes I know that the Brady thing is kind of unheard of. The point I was trying to make is that value can be found in later rounds. I mean Gates was undrafted. I really hope that you guys are right and that Troutman is a beast and is worth the pick. Like I said in the article I like the guy I just wish he could play right away. Thanks again guys!!

    • BoogaP

       @devinradigan
       Wait…. you mean to tell me you can find value in the later rds and in undrafted free agency????  Wow, you’ve really cut to the core of me Devin.  You’re like a miniature Buddha covered in hair.
       
      Captain Obvious, I like the article but don’t act the the readers are clueless. 
       
      Everyone knows about Gates, Dielman, Cooper, etc. Give us some credit bro!

      • devinradigan

        I know your not an idiot Booga. Thats not where I was going with that. LMAO I wasn’t trying to “cut the core of you” take it down a notch. I guess I missed where I was acting like the readers were clueless. If thats how it came across…then that s my bad. Thats not what I intended.

  • BoogaP

    Holy Nuggets! A dude makes Chicken Caesar salad for the fam and comes back & the article comments blow up? Damn, Ya’ll! lol

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @BoogaP i just saw Nuggets and am thinking about breakfast… time for some coffee!

  • A_Eme_O_Ere

    Ladarius Greene is gonna be a baller. But if we use your standards for draft picks he was a wasted pick. His name says it all. He is very green. He will not get major playing time this year. He doesn’t have to. But this kid has the potential to be a VERY good player. If we only got guys who could make an immediate impact THIS year we would probably just use our 1st, 2nd and, maybe, 3rd round picks and trade the rest away every year. In every pick there is risk. Hopefully, AJ’s gamble will work.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @A_Eme_O_Ere I love Pee Wee!!!!

    • devinradigan

      I love that we picked up Green! I think that was a great pick. I have no problem with rookies being rookies that wasn’t what I was getting at. And most of the time it is the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rounders that get more playing time. They are drafted in those rounds for a reason. Honestly I hope Green steps in and balls out like a champ so we can run some two tight end sets with him. I also agree that I hope his gamble pays off. He’s a smart guy so lets just see what happens. Thank for your post and feedback.

  • NickDiaz

    just when i thought things were looking good..this happens. we signed new players in the draft and FA and some of them are injured. or are recovering from a surgery. WTF? am i missing something here? how is this even logical? when you are in the hot seat, this is not the kind of things you want to occur. its not like they didnt know these athletes were hurt or recovering. sheesh..and then Junior died..gosh..i hope things look up for all us bolt fans.

  • Bleu

    Minor setback that’s all.

  • Bleu

    Minor setback that’s all. From wut I hear troutman is a beast n we done picd up a few dudes to fill his spot but thinc they obviously c somethn great n him. And as far as Harrison Smith goes him and brandon Taylor seem to be the same type of players. Both of them are more effective n the box against the run but Taylor was the conductor of lsu secondary so I think that’s what seperates them Taylor may have better instincts…….. Even our te green is a beast don’t be surprised if he balls wen his oppurtunity comes this year. He can line up anywhere he is fast and he can go up and get that ball. The Chargers draft was underrated they had a better draft den most r willing to gov them credit for.

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