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Draft review: San Diego Chargers

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After analyzing the draft needs of all 32 teams, PFT will review how well each team addressed those needs. Up next: The San Diego Chargers.  

What they needed: Offensive tackle, outside linebacker, cornerback, interior offensive line, defensive tackle.

Who they got:
Round 1: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama.
Round 2: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame.
Round 3: Keenan Allen, WR, California.
Round 5: Steve Williams, CB, California.
Round 6: Tourek Williams, OLB, Florida International.
Round 7: Brad Sorensen, QB, Southern Utah.

Where they hit: The Chargers needed offensive line help, and the 6-foot-5, 339-pound Fluker could be a fixture at right tackle for years to come. Allen was a logical pick in Round Three — he could be a capable complementary player early and improves the Chargers’ options at wideout in 2014 and beyond. Tourek Williams, a defensive end in college, will transition to outside linebacker, and there’s a chance to earn snaps as a reserve if he can show pass-rush ability. Also, Steve Williams bolsters the Chargers’ CB depth, which was a little lacking.

Where they missed: With the draft and the serious free agent shopping concluded, the Chargers still have a real concern at left tackle, what with Fluker a right tackle in San Diego’s estimation. It will also be interesting to see how the Chargers proceed at offensive guard. Jeromey Clary, who looks likely to be replaced by Fluker at right tackle, will be tried at guard, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune recently reported. Also, the Chargers’ pass rush remains a potential problem, and their nose tackle depth is also a little shaky.

Impact rookies: It will be an upset if Fluker isn’t in the lineup in Week One; the Chargers figure to give him every chance to learn on the job. His pass protection is the area to watch in Year One as he adjusts to the pro game. Te’o, who dealt with considerable pre-draft controversy and slid out of Round One, landed in a good spot. He looks like a solid fit in San Diego’s 3-4 scheme, and he could start from the get-go.

Long-term prospects: Fluker was a necessary addition for 2013 and a pretty low-risk pick overall, given his skill and potential. Also, he plays a valuable position. Te’o was another sensible choice. At the least, both players look capable of being solid cogs. The question now is whether San Diego can start to stem the tide after three consecutive playoff misses. On paper, the Chargers still look capable of the occasional burst of impressive play, but sustaining that form could be tough. The Chargers still have some worrisome flaws.

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7 Responses to “Draft review: San Diego Chargers”
  1. nflfolly says: Apr 29, 2013 12:35 AM

    Well the Chargers have already 2 games penciled in for a win because they play the Raiders 2x.

  2. ontboltfan says: Apr 29, 2013 12:56 AM

    Te’o and Allen falling out of the 1st weren’t top needs but were too good to pass up when SD was on the clock. Allen gives them a huge upgrade at WR and finally looks like the replacement to VJ.

    They will likely add a FA LT like Bryant Mckinnie and backup S like Cody Grimm. They just signed a few UDFA including Kwame Geathers (brother of Robert & Clifton) and will look at FA to add another DT for depth.

    Tourek replaces Shaun Phillips as the 4th OLB spot and they may add another FA.

  3. mikebyrne1502 says: Apr 29, 2013 1:02 AM

    Still a good draft

  4. robgilman says: Apr 29, 2013 1:09 AM

    I heard they are re-opening Seau’s Restaurant in Mission Valley. Now to be called Teo’s.

  5. ambitoos says: Apr 29, 2013 1:21 PM

    After the draft they signed Defensive tackle Geathers out of Georgia. He’s masive at 342 and 6’5 with long arms. That should cover the tackle position on defense.

  6. pemory says: Apr 29, 2013 4:00 PM

    I live and work in Southern Utah and love the pick of Sorensen in Round 7. He may be a project, but he’s mobile, can throw the deep ball, and can lay passes in to his receivers with touch. I’m hopeful he gets a chance and can stick on the roster.

  7. pmangarola says: Apr 29, 2013 6:51 PM

    big hole at DT with the loss of franklin and garay and martin. otherwise the draft was very successful. we may need to consider drafting another cornerback.

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