2013 NFL Draft: San Diego Chargers


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I don’t like making grades on the draft, but I know that some peeps enjoy looking at the grades. John Clayton of ESPN loved our draft and graded us high.

Chargers found an upgrade in the offensive line by drafting DJ Fluker to man the right side of the line. This could allow Jeromey Clary to slide over to guard. Those are two spots on the offensive line filled in with one draft pick. The right side is locked down now, but the question marks will be on the left side. The left tackle spot was not addressed in the draft and will need to be filled in through free agency.

In the next round, we added some excitement to the roster. We all of a sudden are on the NFL map. Manti Te’o will be patrolling the middle of the defense. He will be chasing runningbacks around and smashing quarterbacks. It is going to be awesome.

In the third round, we picked up even more excitement for the offense. Added another weapon for Philip Rivers to toss the rock to. Keenan Allen was the best rated receiver in the draft at one point, but he didn’t test well. Just look at his tape and know that he will be perfect for our offense. He is going to contribute immediately on offense and make big things happen.

We basically added 3 first rounders in 3 rounds. That is straight BOSS!

On day 3, the Chargers added depth around the roster. Steve Williams can compete for time in the nickel and Tourek Williams will get time on passing downs. Both will be asked to contribute immediately.

We also added big man Kwame Geathers right after the draft. I expect Geathers to make the roster and be rotated on the defensive line with Cam Thomas. There will be a ton of rookies on this roster contributing on the field.

This class could make some huge things happen on the field. It is a great haul by Tom Telesco.

Overall, I grade this draft an A. I look at the class without thinking of our needs and who is on our roster. These players will make big things happen. I know we needed a left tackle, but we can’t just draft one to draft one when there are better players available.

Here is the breakdown:
Round 1: RT DJ Fluker, Alabama
Round 2: LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
Round 3: WR Keenan Allen, Cal
Round 5: CB Steve Williams, Cal
Round 6: LB Tourek Williams, Florida International
Round 7: QB Brad Sorensen, Western Utah

Grade: A

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  • 619chargers4life

    love the way steve williams brings it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOF0WfpsoQ0

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Wow. He is everywhere. I like the swag too. We need some. He will be good.

      Any word on whether this guy is NFL ready? So many of the analysts says a lot of these upper round guys are at least a year away from playing. Do you agree? I have no clue.

      • 619chargers4life

        i agree but i also agree that in the right role, doing what they do best they can make a impact from day one.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          I think they will play… Just situationally

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            Ya I bet the first 2 picks start, Allen could beat out Floyd (he’s a lot better then Floyd) Williams and Tourek will play backup rolls, I wouldn’t be surprised if Geathers beat out Cam for the starting NT position, Jahleel the SS could be a future starter too, he’s my fav. Pick of the UDFA’s. Gardner is sick too, so much talent all over the place I’m stoked. Still need a LT though and soon.

    • FitzWilly

      WoW
      Tx for the Vid
      Damn Girl, what a play maker
      Steve “Willie” Williams is a beast
      Great Pick TT :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    Why do they only feature the picks from the first three rounds? The reason I ask is whether these are the guys that are NFL ready to play right now. Are the rest camp bodies or projects?

    • Cgoodness13

      Depth I’d guess

      • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

        So all those later round guys are probably not going to play this year? I am not going to worry about it. Coach McCoy looks and his staff look like he has it going on.

        • Cgoodness13

          They might play if we are up like 21 points or something.

  • 619chargers4life

    on a side note… i really hope the padres complete this 3 game sweep of the Giants today

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Jahleel Addae is my pick to click, I’m loving this guy. Beasted out his senior year, former RB, 3 years learning SS and progressed every year, 4 picks in both junior and senior year, good run stuffer. Only down fall I can see is he needs to add some muscle (only 10 reps of 225) and he’s alittle short at 5″10 195. I think with some solid coaching he could be our starter some day. He wasn’t invited to the combine, NFL.com didn’t even rate him even though some had him listed as 3-5th best SS in the draft, also he was his defenses team captain and is a big time student of the game.

    • FitzWilly

      Holy Crap

      The Beast From The East
      Look up Swagger in the dictionary and you’ll see a pic of him
      Love it
      Glad we Add-aed him :)

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        He seems to be a master of using his low center of gravity to tackle low and use the guys momentum to flip himself down. Low tackle master!

        • FitzWilly

          ala Bob Sanders

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            Ya I’d say a lot more like Bob then Atari, he needs to.add 10-15 and he would be more the solid.

          • boltingindiego

            hopefully though he doesn’t have bobs injury gene.

      • 619chargers4life

        beast mode

      • RussinSactown

        We’d better take up a collection for the fines he’s going to get but damn if that wasn’t fun to watch.

        • FitzWilly

          OMG, that’s exactly the first thing I thought too
          too funny :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

      Where does he rate compared to Stuckey???Former RB, maybe line him up on the O side for trick play or two…..definitely has swag. I like his highlight video someone had in the UT…

    • 619chargers4life

      Mr Blanks ur not at petco park participating in the home run derby Padres got going on right now lol

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Dang it! I just spent an hour writing the same article. Oh well. Hahahaha… great minds think alike.

  • RussinSactown

    I can’t wait to see Fluker run someone over in a block. Can we start the season soon please?

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Who would be the end or olb that has to lineup against him in practice? Sucks to be that guy lol

      • Julien Bélair

        ok next rep english go rush on the left side againts Fluker !

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    Hey, did anyone know that Malcom Floyd was undrafted and not invited to the combine? He was one of the undrafted free agent rookies that the Chargers signed back in the day. He was on, then released for a bit.. when he first started, then back on.

    • JoseSD

      I think that’s common knowledge among fans, he came from Wyoming so its not surprising he wasnt invited to the combine. Floyd has been on the team as long as Rivers since 2004. He was cut from the team multiple times and placed on the practice squad he finally made the team on 2006 and wasn’t really on the team roster full time until 2007 a lot of the teams stars from the last decade were undrafted. Antonio Gates, Mike Tolbert, Kris Dielman was a defensive tackle at Iowa but was converted to Guard after.signing as an URFA. I forget how long the streak is but I think it’s since 2003 that at least one undrafted player makes the team every year. There’s a lot of guys that can make it . Im rooting for that 6’5 350 pound nose tackle from Georgia, Kwame Geathers to make it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

        Yep, Antonio Gates and Tolbert. I miss Tolbert.

      • boltingindiego

        the chargers have found quality players through udfa and late round draft picks. Im rootin for geathers too since hes our only other nt and hes a bulldog. plus if he plays great hes a bargain steal.

    • JoseSD

      Forgot to mention in my reply Kassim Osgood, Jaques Cesaire and Stephen Cooper we’re all signed as undrafted free agents. It’s not uncommon at all to find great players after the draft. The chargers were also the ones that signed Wes Welker he was released in hopes of being added to the Practice Squad but was stolen away by the Dolphins

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Nexts years draft we get our franchise LT and make sure of it by any means nessisary, then replace JJ with a beast OLB and we are serious money. Next year’s holes aren’t even close to as complicated as this year. I love TT

    • Cgoodness13

      Maybe English will prove him self worthy of starting? This may seem like a joke, but he never got playing time due to injury or norv. It could save us a draft pick and money.

      • boltingindiego

        thats a big if he can stay healthy. the past 4 years hes played 43 games.

        • arnie

          True. Keep this in mind though, they hired a new S&C coach.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      What about the guy who filled in for Gaither when he refused to go on the field? I know he wasn’t great, but do you think he will be better by now–more practice, more experience?

      • Cgoodness13

        Harris? He might be a decent RT, if we can get fluker to play LT then I’m with you.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

          Yeah. He tried, so maybe he is in better shape now… with more experience. And he really did try.

          • Cgoodness13

            Exactly, I’d rather have harris try to block rivers than Gaither trying to make money.

        • arnie

          Not gonna happen. Coach McCoy stated Fluker would be competing for the RT position. Clary needs to be a starter at either RT or RG, or he could be released. Harris will more likely back-up DJ if clary is gone. If not, an clary sticks, Orhnberger will back-up Dunlap at LT, Chad will play LG with Troutman behind him.

  • arnie

    I agree Ernie, I give TT an A as well. He simply maintained a good balance of draft and UDFA. This team needed playmakers and he got a handful. This team needed to get young in FA an find players that can start now. And he did. On top of that there are more than enough young players on the roster, that are ready to step up and be the next stars for this team.