ROOKIE YEAR (2011): In 2011, Gilchrist played in 14 games starting in four. He racked up 34 tackles, recorded two interceptions and had four passes batted down. According to Football Outsiders, Gilchrist had eight stops in 32 plays, allowing 11.3 yards per play (25 percent stop rate). He wasn’t a huge factor in the secondary, but he looked promising.
In 2012, Gilchrist received more playing time (played all 16 games), but it wasn’t to his, or the team’s, benefit. According to PFF, quarterbacks had a QB rating of 126.1 when targeting Gilchrist, which was the highest among all cornerbacks.
Maybe it was a position change, but Gilchrist played much better in 2013. He won (to nobody’s surprise) the starting strong safety position, and went on to notch 77 tackles, two interceptions, knock down five passes, force one fumble and recover one as well. But the secondary in general was painful to watch. They fell from No. 18 (2012) in pass defense to No. 29 in 2013, allowing a fourth-worst 258.7 yards per game. Not only that, but the Chargers defense ranked dead last in DVOA (Defensive Value Over Adjustment). Towards the end of the season, undrafted rookie Jahleel Addae started to blossom and strike players like lightning with thunderous hits, pun intended. He began to take more snaps at safety and posted an overall grade of +6.1 (+4.5 in coverage). Even with the up-and-coming Addae (who graded out as the No. 40 safety), Gilchrist can, and should move to nickel safety where he played well with speed.
ROOKIE YEAR (2011): Mouton was placed on injured-reserve with a shoulder injury during his rookie year. From then on, his career has been hampered with injuries. He has played in three games in three years, making one tackle. In 2013, Mouton tore his ACL on the first day of training camp.