Late Round Picks (So Far) Looking Like Future Free Agents

By Sam Kweon

Ryan Carrethers, Marion Grice, and Tevin Reese were the Chargers’ late round picks in this years 2014 NFL draft. So far, none of them have really done anything to show they deserve a spot in the 53 man roster.

Pretty much ever Charger fan knows how Grice and Reese struggled in the first preseason game, but did you keep an eye on Carrethers? After re-watching the game on tape, he looked gassed after a couple of plays and was not always holding his ground.

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Grice constantly struggled all game and his 40 yard dash time (4.69) proved to be a barrier holding him back.

Reese is the kid that I believe has the most excuses to say. He is a seventh round draft pick as well as a developmental draft pick. Tom Telesco knew it when he drafted the speedster. But the competition is too heavy on the roster.

I understand these are fresh rookies. A lot of them are very raw so they are in need of a year or two to prove their worth to the team. But time is not something the Chargers have right now. There are other (young) players are starting to step up (Kwame Geathers, Dontrelle Inman, Branden Oliver).

So let’s keep an eye on the late round draft picks against Seattle. It’s only been one preseason game so far, plenty of more to go. I avoided the label “bust” for a reason. They are NOT busts! Too much competition is all, and that’s good.