Recapping the Chargers First 3 Rounds

Apr 26, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Chargers first round draft pick right tackle D.J. Fluker during a press conference at the Chargers Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jody Gomez-USA TODAY Sports

There definitely was some disappointment on my end when we selected DJ Fluker with our 11th selection yesterday, but the tides have turned! I woke up feeling a lot better about the selection and think that Fluker can be a nasty leader on the offensive line. He will open up running lanes for Ryan Mathews and will give Philip Rivers more time to chuck the football around. Love his nastiness and love having a massive man on the edge to beat down defenders.

Then came the selections today…

Manti Te’o with our selection in the 2nd round! Ohhhh-emmmm-geeeee! The kid is productive on the football field. Ever want to just take the attention away from Philip Rivers? Done. Te’o is going to work well with Donald Butler in the middle flying to the football. Te’o is always around the football and knows how to read quarterbacks. He had SEVEN interceptions at middle backer last season. The kid will produce.

Then in the 3rd we come back with WR Keenan Allen. Allen may be the best receiver in this draft, but he didn’t test well. Looks like Tom Telesco doesn’t care too much about 40 times. Allen is another playmaker to add on offense and can make things happen after the catch. I definitely can see Allen working his way into the lineup in the slot and on the edge. He is good at finding soft spots in zone defenses and can take short passes to the house.

Let the excitement build. Can we start the season already?

Topics: NFL Draft, San Diego Chargers

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  • Edward Moretti

    I’m okay with 2 of the 3 picks. That’s a heck of a lot better than usual.

    • Ernie Padaon

      Which one were you struggling with? Definitely better odds than before

      • Per Ola Öberg

        Last year I was pretty high on first three rounds tho. Still am

        • Stefanie Smith

          Same here. I think we were all pretty jazzed on how AJ did in the draft last year.

          • nativesandiegan

            Almost like his job and career depended on it!! Haha

    • Stefanie Smith

      Same here, Edward. I like Fluker and the WR (still learning about him). I can do without Teo. McCoy is already saying he has experience dealing with the Tebow like media that may come. We don’t need it.

      I don’t want our team to be about this kid is all.

      • nativesandiegan

        The way McCoy sounded about it, there will be one press conference in which reporters can ask all of their questions and Te’o will have to deal with it. Then it’s’ over & done with and the team will move forward as a team. Personally, I don’t think McCoy will allow it to be an issue. He has a very strong presence (McCoy). BTW, just to be accurate (and keep you out of harm’s way), Junior was Samoan (from Oceanside) and I’m pretty sure Te’o is also Samoan heritage living here in Hawaii. Aloha

  • Michael Castillo

    Feel like they’re trying so hard to replicate Junior by going after Te’o.

    • Ernie Padaon

      Ehh… Can’t ever fill those shoes

    • Stefanie Smith

      Why? Because the guy is Hawaiian? Junior worked hard all his life, contributed immensely to this community. NO one can replicate him ever and definitely not some kid that makes the Katie Couric rounds.

    • RussinSactown

      Well at least it is a good story. Seau was his idol and if that inspires him to go be Junior v2 then so be it.

    • nativesandiegan

      I don’t. Well, unless you’re talking about the media. Very different talent. Junior could take on a 300lb lineman and stand him up, then push him out of the way (Te’o can’t). He could also outrun a rb and bring him down. Of course he could also take on a big back or TE and deliver a punishing tackle. Te’o is actually more like Donnie Edwards (who Marty convinced to come here from KC), except doesn’t seem as fast as Edwards. Just being honest – I’m a Notre Dame hater (mostly due to them always on TV & the biased announcers for them). I disliked Te’o because the media acted like he was even better than Junior. Can’t believe he was 2nd in Heisman. But he’s a Charger now and a playmaker, so I’ll forget & forgive & move forward.

  • tbell11

    I love our first 3 picks, the Chargers just need a CB, OLB, and an OT

    • Ernie Padaon

      Don’t forget. Nose tackle

      • Julien Bélair

        it seems like they are comfortable to start cam thomas… so we only need depth

  • arnie

    Football players Ernie. TT is getting football players from “winning” programs. I think it’s off to a great start to get a player in the first round, that shows up with a Championship ring, already on his finger.

    • Julien Bélair

      i love the way telesco selects his players. we need players with a great attitude in the building

      • Stefanie Smith

        All our players have a great attitude that are in the building. Do you see a lack of a great attitude on the existing players now? I do agree that anyone coming to the team needs to be pumped and bring a winning attitude. I don’t think there is anyone in the NFL or being drafted that would bring a losing attitude, though. AJ brought players in (through the draft) that had a great attitude also.

        • Brandon Rios

          So you clearly forgot about Gaither already. haha

          • arnie

            i was just about to mention that… however she did say “in the building” as in currently.

      • arnie

        I agree with you Julien. Losing can grind on you and brining in new positive faces can liven things up. Especially when those faces come from winning programs.

  • Julien Bélair

    now everybody is speaking about SD becaus eof Teo and about the keenen allen steal

    • Stefanie Smith

      They say Fluker is killer good.

      • Gunnar Martin

        I didn’t realize that he only gave up four sacks in like 267 pass attempts or something like that. Not bad for someone who plays in the SEC. I think his pass blocking ability is underrated.

        • Julien Bélair

          indeed. if you watch the game vs georgia (jarvis jones ) or vs lsu we will see that he is pretty good and he will get better overtime

  • Gunnar Martin

    Hardly remember the last time we had this much publicity

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