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Draft Grades- San Diego Chargers

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

RD 1 (15): RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin                                                                                                                                                                                

RD2 (48): ILB Denzel Perryman, Miami

RD 3 (83): CB Craig Mager, Texas State

RD 5 (153): OLB Kyle Emanuel, North Dakota State

RD 6 (192): DT Darius Philon, Arkansas

The Stats Behind the Names

Player

TD/ Tck

YDS/ Solo TCK

CAR/ INT

REC/ Sacks

HB Melvin Gordon

29

2587

343

12

ILB Denzel Perryman

110

79

1

2

CB Craig Mager

63

46

3

2

OLB Kyl Emanuel

97

N/A

N/A

19.5

DT Darius Philon

47

26

0

4.5

The Chargers got off to what I think was a solid start with the selection of a fast, tough, slashing runner in Melvin Gordon. The price may have been steep, but settling for a lesser back would have been worse. Gordon has great vision and patience when running. He is willing to lower the boom on defenders also. He may be weak in pass protection and catching, but we do not know for sure because you do not have to do that very much when the ball is in your hands almost every play that you are in the game. Either way he eases the tension on Phillip Rivers. He can also learn from one of the best passing game running backs in the game in Danny Woodhead. Many wonder about the secound rounder Perryman. However, I see the beginnings of the powerful duo that Donald Butler and Manti Te'o were supposed to be. Until Butler is gone, Perryman still fits in with the rotation heavy defense run by Pagano. He will bring a punishing attitutde to a soft defense. The one problem I have with this draft is the selection of Craig Mager. He is very raw and will take some coaching. They could have taken WR Sammie Coates, NT Carl Davis, or OL Chaz Green instead and set up to take Ifo Ekpre-Olomu later on instead. Any of those picks would have provided solid depth to areas that needed either depth or upgrades. Ifo would be able a better plug in for depth once his knee heals. Kyle Emanuel filled a need while also taking one of the best players available. He dominated against lower-level competition but will go to a great coach in Mike Nolan to help make sure he dominates in the NFL. Their last pick has the potential to give Corey Liuget the running mate that Kendall Reyes was supposed to be. He is young and raw but has great quickness and strength. All he has to do is polish his technique to turn into a star.

GRADE: B+

They had a chance to grab better talent in the third round and gave up a lot to grab Gordon which will put more pressure on him. However, these players bring a thumping toughness to this defense that has been missing. They are definitely better coming out than they were coming in.




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