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