Why the Chargers’ 2013 Draft wasn’t all that and a bag of chips

By Conor Cahill
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Dec 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive tackle D.J. Fluker (76) reacts after a play during the second half against the New York Giants at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 37-14. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Round 1: Pick 11
DJ Fluker, RT

Selection Position: #11 was our best draft position in years. It just so happens that the top 3 players at our biggest area of need, left tackle, were taken in the top 4 picks due to a lack of talent elsewhere. All 3 of them ended up playing right tackle. Go figure. According to the draft position value chart, which assigns a numerical value to each pick in order to evaluate trades, the #11 spot is worth 1,250 points, as opposed to 3000, 2600, and 1800 for the 1st, 2nd, and 4th picks. Great value here based on the position.

Value Added: Already a top RT in the league at a very cheap price. Even though #11 is a little high for a RT, he changed the demeanor of the offensive line and is a great locker room presence. Great value here as well.

Opportunity Cost: There were some great prospects available at other positions of needs like Star Lotulelei, Eric Reid, etc., but the Chargers needed an offensive lineman, left tackle or otherwise. Nothing wrong here.

My Grade: A+