2014 NFL Mock Draft: Chargers Select Calvin Pryor

Dec 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals safety Calvin Pryor (25) waves his arms to the crowd in the fourth quarter as theCardinals beat the Miami Hurricanes 36-9 to win the Russell Athletic Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

In Version 3.1 of my 2014 NFL Mock Draft on NFL Spin Zone, I mocked the Chargers to select Louisville safety Calvin Pryor. If the draft was today, I would be ecstatic if the Chargers were able to select Pryor, but even happier if they were able to snag him in the 2nd round. Here’s what I had to say in the mock:

25. San Diego Chargers

Calvin Pryor
Safety, Louisville

The Chargers have been in need of a strong safety since Rodney Harrison left for the Patriots in 2002. The lack of a heavy hitter that is willing to step up and make tackles has made the Chargers’ defense weak in pass coverage for a while. Calvin Pryor is flying up draft boards after he outplayed his fellow Louisville safety, Hakeem Smith. He can play both safety spots because he is a vicious hitter and a great tackler, but he is athletic enough to make plays on the ball in center field. Pryor’s ability to play at the line of scrimmage would allow Eric Weddle to play his true position at free safety and instantly improve the back end of the Chargers’ defense and their defense at the line.

Previous Pick: CB Justin Gilbert 

I love Pryor as a safety prospect. After talking with Peter and Julien in the comments yesterday, it is obvious the Chargers should be willing to spend a high draft pick on a safety for the future. Adding a talented safety like Pryor can fix more than a few problems for the Chargers. Pryor’s versatility would be a huge asset to the Chargers and is something that TT looks for in his roster.

Pryor can play both safety spots very well. He has the speed and hands to make plays on the ball in the open field as a free safety and is an absolute monster in run support and can jar the ball out of almost anyones hands. He does try to lay the big hit a little too much, which in the NFL is a reason for concern for penalties and even suspensions, but the tenacity is there on every play. He doesn’t get lost in coverage very often and if he does, he has insane quickness to make up ground. Here are some of his best and worst plays from the past season:

What would you guys think if TT and the Chargers took Calvin Pryor with the 25th pick?

Topics: 2014 Nfl Mock Draft, Calvin Pryor, Louisville, Mock Draft, San Diego Chargers

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  • Clint Northcutt

    I’d like to see my Chargers pick Dee Ford from my Auburn Tigers. He is best pass rushing OLB in the draft and killed it at the Senior Bowl. Secondary & pass rushing help are two biggest needs on defense. Before Merriman got hurt, we all saw what a difference a great pass rusher made.

    • Julien Bélair

      I like it you could call it Dee Ford effect

  • Cgoodness13

    So his main issue is that Roger Goodouche is a pansy?

  • Bolt up!

    Dude missed easy tackles haven’t we learned from our defense missing tackles? Getting him would just add for gas to the fire if he can’t wrap up then why even get him? Dee ford or kelvin Benjamin are my picks for our first round pick

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

      Dee Ford.. I guess I wouldn’t hate that pick, but I hope we pick better. Seems like we have picked numerous OLB’s over the past years, and neglected the safety position completely. Having Ingram, Freeney, Johnson, Kaiser, and Tourek seems like a full house. Whereas having Addae, Gilchrist, Stucky, and a rusty & unprepared Taylor is MAJORLY poor depth IMO.
      As for Benjamin.. check this link. I don’t see us going that direction with a first round pick. It’s not like he is already somewhat polished, like Allen was coming out of Cal. Just my opinion though.

      http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1930457-why-florida-state-wr-kelvin-benjamin-is-a-risky-1st-round-pick

      • Conor Cahill

        I agree on Benjamin. I dont think we spend a 1st on someone who is just fast and big. Jordan Mathews is another guy with those tools but is projected in rounds 2-3 because he isnt yet a polished receiver and struggles to get separation consistently. I could get on board with Dee Ford though.

      • Julien Bélair

        I know we picked a lot of OLB in the past but damn none of them is good haha. Ingram is a solid starter but not a pass rush beast. He is more like a everydown player IMO. We need a pure pass rusher badly. Then we will see an instant upgrade down the field.

      • Julien Bélair

        yeah like I stated before Allen Robinson over Benjamin

        • Conor Cahill

          In like Benjamin more, just not in the 1st round.

          • Julien Bélair

            TT said he wants to add speed and I agree with him on that that is why I prefer Robinson but Benjamin is the type of receiver that we know Rivers like

          • Gunnar Martin

            Trust me Phil would like Robinson just fine lol

          • Julien Bélair

            I know that’s why I root for him !

      • bolt beat!

        Thank you actually I love feedback and swapping opinions and I see where your coming from about the kelvin benjamin I was just thinking bcuz floyd might retire that we need a bugger receiver

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

          I know. Floyd retiring scares me a little too. If they picked Benjamin, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings. Just not in the first. Always glad to swap opinions with a fellow Charger fan! Hope to see you around more = )

          • bolt up!

            Lol you will bro and just curious what are your players you want to see the chargers take in the first round?

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

            I would be happy with Pryor, or Bucannon.. both safeties. But, realistically… that could all change in a heartbeat. I generally don’t start talking about what my first round pick (or any other pick) would be until Free Agency is under weigh.

            There are so many players that will rise and fall in the draft between now, and then. We could also pick up a strong safety in FA. If we don’t pick up a FA safety, then I still think that we should get a high round strong safety, and let him compete with Taylor and Addae. If Taylor is healthy, I completely expect him to be a better safety than Addae. It seems to me that Taylor was already playing at a higher level than Addae was when they got drafted. So, I suspect that Taylor would be better than him, and the new guy might be better than both of them in the end! The new guy could beat out everyone, replace Addae as the back up safety, or play special teams. Worst case scenario, we could put Addae in a trade package, if he is as good as everyone keeps saying he is. Or, maybe Addae just blows them both away, and we trade one of the other two.. or keep them all.. Calvin Pryor can play FS too.

      • bolt beat!

        I also like cb stanley jean – baptise of course later rounds but dude looks like he cant do it all I heard sherman comparisons what is your take on him?

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i like jean-baptiste in the 2nd or 3rd round. still raw though which is a little scary. Has a lot of upside and I wouldn’t mind them taking that gamble in those rounds on him.

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

          I really like him too. I think he would be a great addition to our team.

        • bolt up!

          Dang it dumb auto correct I meant *can do it all lol

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

    Word! Great article, Conor! I am game, if they go this direction. I am a little bit nervous about this ONE line though, Conor:

    “He does try to lay the big hit a little too much, which in the NFL is a reason for concern for penalties and even suspensions, but the tenacity is there on every play.”

    As long as he isn’t like Atari Bigby, where he is more concerned about laying the wood, than playing the situation correctly. If he doesn’t bite on every single play action fake, like Bigby did, then we are good to go!

    • Conor Cahill

      He seems like a very smart player. Looks to me like he will be able to make the transition to the NFL and adjust his game to the much larger and more athletic players around him. That versatility and ability to adjust is the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd thing I look at in the draft. Plus, I think we’re in agreement, its time to take care of the SS position once and for all.

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

        Couldn’t agree more. It’s obviously fun & sexy to keep taking OLB’s in the first round every other year. But… sooner or later… you get caught with your pants down, and have one of the worst coverage units in the NFL. We have already been the worst for about 5 years, and it’s time to fix it. Eric Weddle is a MAJOR strength on this defense. If we added a top-notch SS beside him, we will see a huge difference in our secondary. Those over the middle, and behind the CB plays will be minimized. Derek Cox, Shareece Wright, and Richard Marshall all played bad enough at times that the safeties needed to be leaned on a lot. Problem was, Weddle was constantly playing somewhere else, and our safeties hung our CB’s out to dry too much. With the depth at corner this year, and the high-probability of 1st round CB’s being a bust.. I think we would be better served taking a safety in the first or second. 3rd or 4th, you might as well just wait until next year, as Julien said.

        • Conor Cahill

          Maybe its time to give the pass rushers we have some more time to get to the QB. I dont think Ive seen the Chargers get a coverage sack….. ever. We drafted English (bust), we drafted Ingram(looks good, but only has 2 sacks in 18 games), we signed Freeney (again looked good, didnt have enough time to finish rushes) AND we drafted an OLB in last years draft. Im convinced we either need a huge nose to take up some blocks, or pick up a SS that can play run support, blitz off the edge, and make plays in coverage. Pryor can do all these things.

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

            Yep. I am actually good with CB, NT, or SS in the first & second. Not sure if I would like another 3rd round SS, though. We already have Taylor.
            I have to admit that I would be a little disappointed if we go OLB in the first. I just don’t see a 25th pick yielding a “beast pass rusher”. I would think that the most talented OLB’s would be gone by then, and I would really HATE IT if we traded anything away to move up for one. I have faith in TT, but you are correct.. we have talent on the roster, and they just need time to get to the QB.. instead of everything over the middle be completely open on every down.

          • Sergio Quintero

            The one position I expect the chargers to target in free agency is NT, there are some good inexpensive 2-3 year signing guys to fill the need.

          • Julien Bélair

            I would take a vet NT and draft the future NT in round 3-5. I would spend the majority of the money on davis, verner or shield

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

            I hope so… and I also hope they get a starting FA cornerback too, and draft a lower round CB to groom & compete.

          • Gunnar Martin

            We should try getting Aaron Colvin if he drops far enough due to his ACL. He may not be able to play right away, but there’s not question he would down the road. He’s got the looks of a bona fide starter on the outside for years. Long term vs short term.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            is he is available in the 5th, then I would jump all over that. Might as well look toward the future at those spots in the draft.

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

            How long will they make us wait before they fix this continuously sucking wound we have had at strong safety, Ernie? I’d say “stop the bleeding”, but we already bled out when Bob Sanders hurt his knee in his second game… lol. That was the last REAL shot we took at a safety. Embarrassing.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            i thought we finally made a move to get someone when we signed Sanders… UGH!!!

        • Julien Bélair

          My dream scenario for our secondary is this : get Verner, Shield or Davis in FA (keep Cox if you have the money. If not get rid off him). To me, only one of those studs instantly upgrade all our secondary core.

          Then you draft a safety with your SECOND round.

          Finally the ”joker” move to upgrade our secondary : draft a pure pass rusher with the first round pick like my guy Dee Ford.

          And you have it ! Fs weddle SS Addae compete againts our second rounder (maybe Pryor in the second where he belongs IMO) and the better player wins the starting job. Shield, Verner or Davis on one side and wright on the other. The nickel is split with glichrist and williams.

          Let me know what you guys think about this senario.

          And just so you know, you may excuse the way I write. English is my second language so I probably make a lot of mistakes while I type

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

            Naw… make no apologies.. your English is fine. I would be down if we could get all that.

          • Julien Bélair

            good thanks

          • Sergio Quintero

            I didn’t notice, but English is my second language for me as well

  • Sergio Quintero

    As little as the chargers have invested and cared about their Safeties, their depth is clearly better there than OLB, WR & CB. It was pretty clear to me that by the time the playoffs were in effect the coaching staff and front office views Addae as their starter, with depth from Taylor, and they will sure try to get Stuckey resigned. With Gilchrist playing this hybrid slot-corner meets SS position.

    But OLB is pretty skim options outside the recovering Ingram, with the chargers being at the cap means almost certainly JJ is gone, English should be gone as well, and Freeney who wasn’t anywhere close to being the player he was, returning from a serious groin injury, and to compliment you have T. Williams & Keiser, who I doubt are viewed as nothing more than the 4-5 OLB in your roster. Its pretty clear to me one of the first 3 picks will a OLB.

    As for corner, beyond Wright who is the above average corner on this roster, they probably can bring in a starter but not a star corner, if they don’t take a corner in the first you probably are starting Marshall (who is a free agent), some inexpensive starter type. Clearly resources are needed.

    WR, bad cap shape means Royal and his 4.4 million salary must go, beyond Allen who is to like, Floyd sounds like he’s done, Brown kept getting worse as the season progressed, and nobody lower in the roster produced. Rivers big production is sure masking that this a position of need.

    I like Pryor guys, but it sure sounds like OLB, WR or CB is the place to go.

    • Julien Bélair

      yep I said it a week ago : don’t be suprise if TT goes with a WR if there is one he loves with the first round pick

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

      I disagree that the safety position has any real depth. The front office may indeed be happy with Addae.. but after him, there is zero quality depth. I don’t care how much you try to put lipstick on this pig… Stuckey, Gilchrist, and Taylor are nowhere near close to being starting caliber strong safeties… they are barely back-ups. MAYBE Taylor could be.. but, he has almost no experience, and is coming off of a serious lingering injury.

      They tried to work with this “safety on the cheap” plan this season, and it failed miserably (as I knew it obviously would). Except for some halfway-decent play at the end by Addae, the strong safety position was a hot mess all year. It cost us numerous games. I think TT knows this, and is going to surprise you. He is already kicking the tires on safeties, and CB’s. I understand that the CB, WR, & OLB positions are also thin… but none of those positions are starting guys that don’t even play that position normally. Name one of those units that only has an undrafted rookie free agent as the top contributor. Then, it’s Stuckey… who should only play special teams, and be used at safety sparingly. After that, it’s Gilchrist.. a nickel CB who has no business playing safety. Finally, a banged up 3rd rounder from the 2011 draft, who hasn’t played a meaningful snap in almost two years. I know there is Weddle, but he is playing his natural position so seldom these days, that you constantly have the other three guys in rotation back there.

      Even if Johnson doesn’t come back, Freeney is a probowl caliber OLB, Ingram is a first round draft pick.. even Tourek was picked higher than Addae was. Freeney may have lost a step, and is coming off of injury. But, I thought he was very disruptive when healthy, and I expect him to be as disruptive this next season. Kaiser is probably as good of a pass rusher, as Addae is at safety… and he’s the 3rd, 4th, or 5th guy in line.
      As for WR, Keenan is good to go. Brown (love him or hate him) is staying. We still have DX, DePalma, and Willie waiting in the wings. And, even though it looks bleak.. M80 might be back. I’m not even that certain Royal is going anywhere… cap hit, or not. I also think the CB depth in this draft is deep, and where we are picking doesn’t guarantee any of the top 3 will be there. After that, there isn’t a huge drop-off between the 2nd round CB’s, and the 4th rounders.
      If it was my decision, I say it should go like this.
      Free Agency: NT, starting CB, and a WR / Punt returner / slot receiver.. like McCluster?
      Draft: SS / CB / OLB / WR / RB / G / MLB (In that order)
      You can swap 1 & 2, 3 & 4, or 5 / 6 / 7 between each other.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Dang Pete, you should’ve just turned that into an article! Actually, I’m sure you will sooner or later haha. I gotta say I agree with you on most accounts. Good points about the depth for the respective position groups. Although, I do think that guard is being overlooked so far. I guess there’s only so many things you can focus on at a time. So many things to shore up…

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

          I did turn it into an article… last year. People kept saying the same thing they are saying this year, except substitute Addae’s name for Lynch. I suggested we should draft Vaccaro, even at 11, as we had nobody capable of starting consistently at safety, since Bigby was cut. Of course, I was shot down immediately, and told that we had enough depth there, as opposed to “more important needs”. Let’s see how that worked out for everyone. Here’s what people said at the time, and what really happened… lol.

          “Lynch was awesome, and came on strong at the end of the season! He should be the starter!” (Sound familiar?) – Result = Is he even in the NFL today? I vaguely remember the Titans cutting him… I think?

          “Stuckey should finally get a shot, because I KNOW he can be the Starter!” – Result = He didn’t even play as well as to beat out Addae, and should only be used in a pinch when you need multiple safeties in a package. Definitely not starting material.

          “Marcus Gilchrist used to play safety in college.. it’s his natural position.. Not cornerback. Give him a season to learn, and he’ll be the Starter for years to come. TT is making a great move!” Result = Not even close. What we DID find out, it’s that we really missed Gilly at nickel. This guy should never have even sniffed the SS position. Total fail.

          “Brandon Taylor will be playing in week one Pete!!! You are totally trippin when you say he will start in week nine! He is the future of the position, and Gilly and Stucky are just competing, and keeping his seat warm until he knocks the rust off!” Result = I was wrong on this one. He never even made it onto the field in week 9.. 10.. 11.. 12.. 13.. see where I’m going with this? Oh, and he just had surgery again.

          “I like that Addae kid we got in UDFA. He has a lot of potential”. Result = This was the only valid argument, whatsoever. I like Addae. Having said that, I see him more as a good back up to some better player we need to bring in.. or, he could start for a team like the Raiders. Last time I checked, we wanted to have better talent than Addae, and make a run at a Super Bowl sometime soon.

          So, you will have to forgive me when I chuckle a little bit at some of the comments people make about how getting a safety is not a pressing need. Especially when we saw such awful play at the position, yet again. . They were the same comments from last year. Just change the names a little. If I can take anything positive from it, it would be that TT was new, and forced into a position where he had to find out what he had in Addae, Stucky, and Gilly. Now that he sees that none of them are very good, I expect him to use a high draft pick, or pay a good FA. I often wonder if his star defensive player has had a comvo with him & Pagano about it. Call me crazy… but, Conor gets it… lol.

          Much love Gunnar! You my dawg!

          • Gunnar Martin

            You are totally right on this. We need a quality player next to Weddle. Period. That might help the entire defense out as an entire group more than a beast NT. The hard part is evaluating whether Addae can hold up better than a rookie next year, even one drafted in the first two rounds. After all, Jahleel will (should) be better next year with the added experience (if he isn’t but we end up trusting him then that’s a bullet to the foot). There’s risk either way. But ultimately, there’s risk in everything, so getting a play-making safety in the first or second is probably the best way to go.

          • Julien Bélair

            for you do we need more a SS or a NT?

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

            Ahhhhh… good question. Personally, I think SS, as we have not upgraded that position for a much longer amount of time (12 years). In fact, there was a major drop off at the SS position from 2012, and our strong safeties were pretty awful already in 2012. BUT… I do think it’s very important to get a NT, because Cam was pushed around like a bitch all year, and that HAS to be addressed. I would address it in Free Agency, though. I’m with Sergio on that one. Maybe draft one in the next couple of years, when the Free Agent’s contract is almost up, and there aren’t so many holes on the team. There is a strong chance that TT goes for a NT in the first round, though.

      • Julien Bélair

        I would LOVE McCluster but I think someone will overpay for him and that person will not be TT

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

          I think you are right. But, what is “overpaying”. He looked pretty darn good in the pro bowl against some serious players. We have NOBODY who can return the ball efficiently, except for Keenan.. and he fumbled two kicks this year. Plus, it scares the crap out of me when they put Weddle, Allen, or Woody back there. Are they serious?!!!

          • Julien Bélair

            I think TT will prefer to draft a guy in the draft like de’anthony thomas from oregon

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

            You are probably right, as TT wants to build through the draft. Having said that, the general belief is that we will be drafting M80′s replacement. That means a tall #2 type receiver. Unless we get a Cordarrelle Patterson-type receiver, who can return the ball AND is big enough to be a receiving threat, then we would have to draft a second receiver. I really hope we don’t spend two picks on receivers. This draft should be about shoring up the defense. Personally, I think we should only use two picks on offense, at WR / G / RB. One of them will not be addressed. Probably guard, unfortunately. Maybe they scoop a good one up in FA, like they did with Reinhart? I would be down with that.

          • Julien Bélair

            I do want a replacement for Floyd but with a late pick like round 6-7 I think it is better to go with a small guy who can return kicks and maybe even play in the slot from time to time then a so so DT or DE etc.

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

            Yeah… we have Jerideau & Geathers already, as far as so-so DT’s. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a RB in the late rounds… kinda like we did when we chose Edwin Baker.

          • Julien Bélair

            exactly what I root for but a RB that can take it to the house on returns (unlike Baker)

        • Sergio Quintero

          The returner position was downright terrible all of 2013, they have invest in someone who can actually be an asset at the position.

          • Julien Bélair

            well 2011 and 2012 wasn’t good also

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

            Seriously. Putting your star players back there is a major concern. Remember when they put Weddle back there a couple of years ago? That was ludicrous! I just hope they don’t convince themselves that it’s Royal again. I can’t remember the last time he fielded a kick.

      • Sergio Quintero

        To summarize you have more belief in Freeney & Brown than me, and less faith in Addae, to make it simple.

        We can make arguments till we are blue in the face, but what matters is what Telesco and the front office thinks. Neither of these positions groups is in great shape, a less than ideal cap and no extra picks, means limited options and certain positions will take priority. We will learn how TT and the chargers think by the time the draft rolls around.

        When I am proven wrong I will gladly own up for it, like the case for Fluker he truly was worth pick 11, I gave Telesco crap for it, I will admit openly, I was wrong. Don’t be even a little bit surprised that Addae is going to be the starter at SS, and we will see by the end 2014 if he was, and if that was a good idea, and you’re probably right Brown is probably the starter at WR, and much like you Addae at SS, I can’t buy the idea of it, and we will see if that works out.

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

          It’s all good. We will see, for sure. The difference? I fully expect them to NOT take a safety, and keep that vacuum sucking, since Harrison left… Just like I expect the Super Bowl drought to continue. Is there any other position on the team that hasn’t had a quality starter in it for 12 straight years? I can’t think of one, and I am a little disappointed that it will go unaddressed for another year, most likely. I am high on TT & McCoy. But they still need to prove to me that they can take this team to the show. Almost doesn’t count. Ask Andy Reid.

          • Julien Bélair

            I feel like we need a WR more than we need a SS. Also we need a G more

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

            Well… if I had to guess… I think they will restructure Clary’s contract, and bring Reinhart back. They will also have Troutman, and bring Ohrnberger back. People forget… Dunlap can also play guard in a pinch. Not ideal, but Harris could step in at LT, if things got bad. If things go even worse than that, they would probably hit the scrap heap. I don’t like Clary at all.. but he manages to avoid the chop every year, despite being grossly overpaid, and barely average at both of the positions he plays. As for WR & SS, I think they need them both badly, and would like to see them draft one of each in the first 4 rounds.

  • Gunnar Martin

    He would be an even bigger friendly-fire threat than Addae and Wright haha.

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

      The difference is that we don’t know if he is… Wright & Addae have already proven it. Hee-Hee.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Haha touche’. Hopefully they’ve learned their lesson.

  • Derek

    What!!!!???? Another safety! Is safety like “Omaha” and means several diff things?? Give addae a chance and Taylor was a 3rd rd pick! Priority is a big man in middle and a 1 on outside

    • Julien Bélair

      a corner and a pass rusher is equally a need imo

      • John Bauer

        IMO also !!!

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

      I dunno… we got burned over the middle & over the top WAY more than we gave up the run up the middle. Just an opinion. Also, Taylor hasn’t played a snap in two years, and just had another surgery. Addae is the starter by elimination, basically. His only competition was a special teamer / FS, and a nickel cornerback, who should never have even sniffed the safety position. Addae is OK, but probably wouldn’t start on any other team. He’d make a great back-up though.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Taylor played just a little more than a year ago, not two years. Let’s not get over our heads on that one ;)

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

          Technically, you are right. BUT… how many regular season NFL snaps has Taylor taken between his last game in college, and now? Turkey neck didn’t play him at all, until the end of the 2012 season. Then he tore his ACL in the first game. He played some limited preseason snaps against 3rd strigers this season, but never saw the field. Now he is in for surgery again. My guess is that they will take it easy this time, to let him heal properly. So when is this experience supposed to happen? He MIGHT play some limited snaps once the season starts, but that basically means he will be at step one of his NFL career sometime around week 3 (I’m guessing).. which is actually getting on the field. Are we mortgaging the future of the position on him? If so, I don’t get it… for the second year in a row.

          • Gunnar Martin

            We definitely shouldn’t rely on him to start AT ALL until we are 110% that he can/should. No questioning that. I just think that we shouldn’t label him a bust and cast him off to the wolves so early in his career.

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

            Absolutely not. I am with you there. However, I wouldn’t put all of my eggs in that basket, either. Draft a first or second round SS. If Taylor beats him and Addae out.. great… New guy might have trade value for being a high draft pick “developing” safety. If Taylor doesn’t beat him out, but beats out Addae, you have a better back up. If he doesn’t beat either out, cut your loss, or put him in a trade package. Same thing for Addae.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Perfecto.

        • Conor Cahill

          seasons.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Huh?

          • Conor Cahill

            I think he meant seasons, not calendar years. He has only played in 4 games in over 2 calendar years.

      • Derek

        Taylor’s procedure was minor. He had scar tissue rattling around in his knee making it feel unnatural when he was running n cutting. I assume he waited do long to get it to try and work through it. If dx can come back from it so can he. Also those plays made were due to our defense still comming together plus our ilbs were both injured early on. Plus I saw wright and Marshall get picked on way more. I remember weddle shut down te’s.

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

          If you say so. Remember this conversation if we don’t draft a safety, and you are screaming at your television week after week, because our safeties look confused, and out of position on every other play. That is exactly what will happen in 2014, exactly what happened this season, last season, and many seasons before that. In fact, I will go as far as to say we were better off with Atari Bigby. Hopefully TT has learned his lesson.

          • Derek

            Aw Comon! If that’s the case then y isn’t that safety from bama top ten yet y does gates make Eric berry his bitch atleast 2wice a season. No telling if this guy is gonna be better as good or worse than Taylor or addae next season but he will cost us a first rd pick and a space on the roster that has holes where players have failed to step up unlike addae. Cam had only 1 good game this season. Cox had zero. Addae had a few, when he didn’t break up the pass you saw him make the stop. When he was sitting on a route you saw him shoot for the fumble. Yeah he got lost in coverage sometimes but he has the speed just needs more exp. besides I think nt or cb would make his missteps a lot harder to see

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

            It’s cool… You are probably going to get your wish. They will probably take a WR, or a NT, or a CB, or an OLB, or address some other position that is fairly deep in the draft & Free Agency. They will probably watch as the 2 or 3 safeties that are actually capable of starting in the NFL fly off of the board, or get scooped up in FA, as they do every year. As a 30+ year fan, I have watched this position closely, and seen the repercussions that having sub-par safety play has had on this team. After Harrison left, TT’s predecessors were incapable of adequately addressing this position. I will be watching him closely to see if we will get more of the same, or if he finally fixes it. Hopefully, he doesn’t wait until Weddle’s better days are behind him to do anything about it. I think TT is a sharp guy, so I am crossing my fingers, and hopefully I’ll get a draft day surprise = )

          • Derek

            You pegged me correctly I only have about 5 yrs as a chargers fan. I’m pretty sure Tt will decide next yr if a ss in a need. I hope it isn’t between addae Taylor and gilcrist we need someone to step up. Especially gilcrist he’s had some good games this yr but last yr he was a liability in zone coverage which is supposed to be his strength. I respect your position on the matter

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

            Yes, you are correct… it was weird how much better Gilchrist seemed to play at corner, after playing safety. Maybe it helped him a little bit. Or, maybe the other guys were just THAT bad in the nickel… lol….. Maybe both… You are right, he had an awful 2012 season.

            Perhaps I will be pleasantly surprised, and Taylor will turn out to be the future at SS. I have been rooting for Taylor for a long time now. Maybe Addae will play lights out this season. I just hope we don’t start throwing around the word “serviceable” to describe them, and think that’s good enough. That is what fans started doing with Jammer & Cason, and it took FOREVER to get those two out of here. That is actually the best thing TT ever did for this team IMO (next to signing Keenan Allen). Even if we had a rough year at CB in 2013, that move was the catalyst for the BAD ASS secondary we are about to build.. I hope = )

          • Julien Bélair

            We have two young player in Addae and Taylor it would be wise with all our needs to let them grow and see what happens

          • Conor Cahill

            Terrence Kiel… RIP

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

    Ask yourself this question, and answer truthfully. If Bigby was on this team today… would Addae be the starter?

  • ioane

    This would be a disappointing pick.

  • dark

    personal opinion but whenever i see chargers players missing tackles i see addae or weddle cleanning up their mess. also he seems to be a very smart player who lays big hits the comparsions to bigby are out of line since i believe addae is better in coverage and he WRAPS Up something bigby never did i believe with a another offseason experience he can our futture safety look at Antone Bethena undrafted proboweler not saying addae is going to be one . i believe corner is more inportant or pass rusher even NT are biger needs. i think TT can find another Gem Widereciever in later rounds plus alexander is believe to return i know we cant realyy on him but cmon giive him a chance maybe we can acquire sam shields in free agency doesnt cost us much plus he has really good size and speed and we can sign terrence cody to decent contract resign rinehart cmon he knows the system and look we can continue to grom troutman maybe keep clary one more year doesnt hurt we need to get a future center cause hardwick isnt gettiing younger soo yeah

  • Nick Mansoor

    I like the idea of picking up Pryor, but he have bigger needs to address. I really think that Addae can be a really solid player next season depending on his offseason development. but i still think that we should snag a safety in the draft IF we dont pick one up in free agency. this will allow some competition with Addae, and if he loses the starting job, then we have solid depth at S.

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