Thursday, May 2, 2013

2013 NFL Draft Team Grades: San Diego Chargers


First Round: D.J. Fluker, OT/G, Alabama

I've been mocking this pick for over a month, which makes me pretty happy, but I still don't like the pick. Fluker is an athletic freak who has tons of potential, but I don't think he'll ever be a great player in this league. He's also only a RT prospect, I really don't think he can protect the blindeside which San Diego desperately needs. They should have tried to trade back or take a playmaker like Jarvis Jones.

GRADE: C


Second Round: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame

This is such a tough pick to grade. It would help if his draft stock fell because of poor play or combine numbers, but you know the whole girlfriend fiasco had to factor in a bit. It's hard to tell where he should have been drafted. I thought he would go to Minnesota in round one, but after they passed on him I really didn't know where he would land. The Chargers did fill a position of need, but I would just avoid Te'o if I were a GM. Who knows how this will pan out.

GRADE: C+


Third Round: Keenan Allen, WR, California

Now here's a pick I love. Allen was considered a first round lock for months until a few injuries scared teams. How people passed on him all the way to round three I have no idea, but San Diego should be thrilled. They just couldn't pass on him here. Phillip Rivers might finally have a guy who can develop into a #1 weapon.

GRADE: A+


Fifth Round: Steve Williams, CB, California

San Diego desperately needed to bring in at least one corner, but this is too early for Williams. Much better cornerbacks were available who could have ended up starting for the Chargers. I just don't see that ever happening for Williams.

GRADE: C-


Sixth Round: Tourek Williams, DE/OLB, Connecticut

San Diego definitely needed a replacement for Phillips, but they addressed the situation too late to find one. Williams may be able to fill the role eventually, but not this year. At least they didn't reach for him.

GRADE: B


Seventh Round: Brad Sorensen, QB, Southern Utah

I'm not surprised that San Diego would take a developmental QB late in the draft. What I am shocked by is that they took Sorenson over much more talented players like Matt Scott, Tyler Bray, and Zac Dysert. All three of those guys had a chance at going much higher, while most people thought Sorenson wouldn't be drafted. I just don't understand the thought process here.

GRADE: D


OVERALL

This was a very disappointing draft for the Chargers. The only pick that I really liked was Allen in round three. Te'o and Fluker could be starters, but I'm not a fan of when they were taken. Three of the biggest needs going into the draft were a left tackle, a starting cornerback, and a starting rush linebacker. They got no more than depth at all of these positions. San Diego is in for a rough season.

FINAL GRADE: C

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