Mixed Bag For Chargers
One of the biggest days of NFL fanfare of the year has come to an end, and now begins the weeks-long process of analysts and fans breaking down every pick and every player on every team. I have no doubt that this whole process will yield some interesting results, especially considering surprise moves like the selection of Jake Locker at No. 8 and Christian Ponder at No. 12, but that’s not what you're here for, is it?
You're here to talk San Diego Chargers, and boy am I here to oblige Swingman Jason Terry Sky Blue Jersey you.
Right off the bat, I want to assure all of you that yes, I am also very surprised at how the Chargers' draft class came out. That said, everything seemed to turn out well for San Diego, providing we take a closer look. So, running along that vein, here is a quick breakdown of the Chargers' 2011 draft class (accompanied with some grades and comments for your reading pleasure).
Corey Liuget, DT/DE, Illinois: I was impressed with the patience that the personnel staff of the San Diego Chargers showed in waiting for Liuget to fall instead of making a hasty move to jump up the board. At 18, the Chargers will get great value out of this pick, as Liuget will fill in for the potentially departing Jacques Cesaire. A/A-
Marcus Gilchrist, DB, Clemson: The more I think about this pick, the more I like it. Gilchrist is a good cornerback Authentic J.J. Barea Blue Jersey with the personality and work ethic of a pro, which bodes well for his future. With Quentin Jammer getting up there in age, it was Authentic Shawn Marion Blue Jersey important for the Chargers to pick a guy who they can groom. The fact that he can help out in the return game is a plus. B/B+
Jonas Mouton, LB, Michigan: I'm sorry, but no Swingman Jason Terry Green Jersey matter how you slice it, this was too big of a reach. AJ Smith could have easily picked up Mouton, who will likely only contribute on special teams, somewhere in the fourth- to seventh-round range. He may develop into a good player down the road, but the placement Swingman Shawn Marion Blue Jersey of this pick is just wrong. C/C-
Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State: If he pans out and works well on the outside, Smith will look like a genius. Considering that the Chargers are looking a little thin at WR, Official J.J. Barea Jersey in addition to the injury-prone nature of most of the lineup, Brown figures to make an impact early. B+/A-
Shareece Wright, CB, USC: As a Stanford guy, I can't help but think of that moment this past season when Andrew Luck knocked out Shareece Wright, so I may have a little bias here. That having been said, I can come around to this pick. Wright can compete for a job along with Gilchrest, but can also work in the nickel as well as in sub packages should that spot not be open to him. B/B-
Jordan Todman, RB, UConn: This Mavericks Shawn Marion Swingman Jersey has to be my favorite pick of this draft class. I was a huge fan Todman when I watched him play at UConn, and I think he can make Official Shawn Marion Jersey a real difference in the absence of Darren Sproles. The question is, though, with Todman and Ryan Mathews now filling in the two running back spots, what happens to fan favorite Mike Tolbert? A
Steve Schilling, OL, Michigan: Schilling could turn out to be a good player given some solid time to develop. At the very least, Mavericks Shawn Marion Authentic Jersey he will provide quality depth along an offensive line that Shawn Marion Blue Jersey struggled with holdouts (well, one holdout) and injuries last season. B/B+
Andrew Gachkar, OLB, Mizzou: When it gets to the seventh round, you can't ask much from your draft picks, but there is at least some potential in Andrew Gachkar. He showed steady improvement in his four years at Mizzou, and could Swingman Jason Terry White Jersey be the kind of guy Authentic J.J. Barea Sky Blue Jersey who can make an impact as a situational player after a year or two of transition work. At the very least, he should help San Diego's Shawn Marion White Jersey anemic special teams unit. B
This draft is a toss-up in my mind. It sounds like stating the obvious, but if the picks pan out, it'll seem great, but if they don't, Swingman Shawn Marion White Jersey this class will look like a flop. The Mavericks J.J. Barea Authentic Jersey Chargers Authentic Shawn Marion White Jersey passed on a lot of higher-rated talent in the course of this draft, but they addressed plenty of needs and grabbed at least two players who stand to make a difference from Day One. B