2013 NFL Draft Grades: San Diego Chargers

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San Diego Chargers Draft Grade:


Round 1, #11 – OT DJ Fluker, Alabama – Grade: A-

-Fluker fills a major need for the Chargers, and is NFL ready. The only semi-downside is the fact that Fluker is pretty much a right tackle only, which limits his value some and makes this a slight reach.

Round 2, #38 – ILB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame – Grade: A

-Te’o was a first round inside linebacker prospect, with great instincts and production. He also has really strong leadership skills and should quickly become the heart of that defense. He fills a need and is a good value for the pick.

Round 3, #76 – WR, Keenan Allen, California- Grade: A

-Allen was a first round talent, who fell due to some minor injury and off the field concerns. At his best he looks to be a very good number two receiver at the next level and could quickly earn a starting job. He represents tremendous value at this pick, with the only knock the injury/off the field concerns.

Round 5, #145 – CB Steve Williams, California – Grade: C

-Williams had a huge combine, but is a bit of a raw prospect overall. Though corner is a need for the Chargers this seems like a bit of a reach pick and there were many higher valued corners still on the board.

Round 6, #179 – DE Tourek Williams, Florida International – Grade: C+

-Williams offers intriguing potential as a situational pass rusher, but doesn’t really project as a guy who can stand up on a consistent basis. Still it could help a need and isn’t that much of a reach.

Round 7, #221 – QB Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah – Grade: C+

-Sorensen is a big developmental quarterback who represents some good value for this spot.

Overall: A

-The Chargers did extremely well with their top three picks adding three top talents who could make a long term impact with this team. Fluker and Te’o fill pretty significant needs and should start right away. Allen comes into a crowded receiver corps, but he should earn a starting role before too long. The Chargers didn’t add much later in the draft, though they did grab a corner which was an area of need. The one concern with this draft is the fact that the Chargers didn’t add more than one offensive linemen. The Chargers offensive line is one of the thinnest in the league, and there were still some quality players available in the 5th and 6th round that they passed on.





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