Teams spend months scouting and analyzing players to prepare themselves for the draft, but sometimes luck winds up playing a role in what they end up getting.
That was the case for the Chargers on Thursday night, according to their General Manager A.J. Smith. Smith never expected South Carolina linebacker Melvin Ingram to make it to the 18th pick, but that’s exactly what happened. Smith ignored the teams calling him to trade up for the pick and grabbed a guy he feels lucky to have on the Chargers.
“I consider this a part of luck,” Smith said, via Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Because when I see what I consider a bonus pick, outside our cluster, it’s luck. He’s a mean, nasty man, extremely physical with a great motor.”
There has been plenty of praise for the pick from draft observers and it’s hard to argue with that assessment. Ingram’s versatility will be a great weapon in the San Diego front seven and his ability to get after quarterbacks should serve them very well from day one next season. The Chargers did a terrible job of getting off the field on third downs last season, but adding Ingram should be a step toward remedying that problem.