Los Angeles Chargers: 2011 NFL Draft Retrospective

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(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers /

Los Angeles Chargers 2011 NFL Draft Retrospective, rounds 2 & 3:

Second-round selection: Marcus Gilchrist, CB, Clemson

Marcus Gilchrist had a decent stay with the Chargers, as short as it was. He played just four years with the Chargers before leaving to join the New York Jets in 2015. He played there for two years, Houston for a year, Oakland for a year and appeared in three games with the Jaguars in 2019.

Gilchrist’s first two years with the Bolts were forgettable as he did not play that much and did not really produce much, either. However, he was a solid, serviceable corner in his last two seasons and would have been worth a second-round pick if he would have performed at that level for at least another 2-3 years for the Chargers.

  • Grade: C-
  • Could have drafted: Rodney Hudson

Second-round selection: Jonas Mouton, LB, Michigan

The Chargers had two second-round picks in the 2011 NFL Draft and did not make use of the second one, as Jonas Mouton played only three games in his NFL career with the Chargers. He appeared in a grand total of five defensive snaps.

Like several other players in recent Charger history, the injury bug was inescapable for Mouton and despite being with the team until July 2014, he could never find the field.

  • Grade: F
  • Could have drafted: Randall Cobb, Justin Houston

Third-round selection: Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State

The Chargers went with a hometown receiver with potential that never reached that next level. In limited playing time in his rookie season, Vincent Brown hauled in 19 catches for 329 yards and two touchdowns. He missed his entire sophomore season and then hauled in 41 receptions for 472 yards and one touchdown.

He was talented and his presence was obvious, but like others, battled his health and was eventually waived because of it. However, the Chargers did not miss out on anyone significant immediately after.

  • Grade: C-
  • Could have drafted: Mason Foster

Third-round selection: Shareece Wright, CB, USC

The Chargers selected a Southern California prospect with both selections in the third round and Shareece Wright had even less of an impact on the team than Vincent Brown.

He was a non-factor in his first two seasons with the team and was a serviceable rotational corner in his last two seasons before joining the Baltimore Ravens. He finished his four-year Charger career with one interception.

  • Grade: C-
  • Could have drafted: Chris Conte, K.J. Wright