Tom Telesco’s first draft as General Manager is now ancient history, it’s time for the rookies to get to work and start proving themselves. The Chargers fans will have much to look forward to with several rookies contributing right away as immediate starters or backups.
DJ Fluker – The massive Alabama product. Fluker has expressed his desire to become the voice of the offensive line. Impressive for the rookie and I have yet to hear anything opposing in the media coming from Nick Hardwick or Jeromey Clary, the only returning starters. Fluker has an opportunity to be a starter for many, many years to come and be a force to be reckoned with. We’ve had a tough time with 1st round picks in their respective rookie seasons, hopefully this is the year Fluker breaks the trend.
Manti Te’o – The Chargers have wisely shielded Te’o from the media during OTAs. It’s been several months since the well-known hoax involving Te’o, but since becoming a Charger only a month ago, Te’o has been a good sport with the likes of Maxim and their Hot 100 list and Donald Butler voicing his opinion of Te’o having to prove it on the field first and foremost. Te’o has received the attention of the vets and he’s had no trouble with the uphill battle for the mess that’s been made. The best thing he has done for himself is suck it up and drive on! Telesco believed in him, McCoy believes in him, looks like he believes in himself, time for the fans to believe in him too!
Keenan Allen – Wardrobe malfunction or a serious case of stupidity? Every player is entitled to being a fan of their childhood team, but once you make it to the big leagues, no more, as Eric Weddle put it, “never again.” You put that in your closet, you tivo the game and watch it on your own time, when you step into practice, on the field, your favorite team should be the jersey you wear and the team you represent. Allen has immense talent and was considered a steal in the draft, falling all the way to the third round. I can’t think of any position group currently stronger than the wide receiving core, Allen’s presence made it so.
Steve Williams – There’s no doubt about it, Tom Telesco had envisioned Williams to be the nickel corner when he was drafted in the fifth round. Williams is speedy, but too small for an outside cornerback. He may periodically step in for a starter to take a breather but should be limited to just that.
Kwame Geathers – Geathers is one of our few rookies with a strong shot at making the 53-man roster by the end of pre-season. Geathers has a strong NFL lineage including his Father and Brother. Being that Cam Thomas is the only Charger manning the middle of the defensive line, Geathers is the best candidate to back the big man up, or quite possibly upset Thomas and join the starting line-up. The Chargers have a long standing history of undrafted players breaking through the starting line up. Could be Geather be the next?
Who will you be rooting for most during their rookie season? With a light draft do we have a rookie of the year standing in our mist? Can the season start already?!