Chargers Get Low Draft Score Because Of Jacob Hester

There was a poll running for the past week here asking fans to grade the Chargers 2008 draft. The majority of voters gave the Bolts a 'B' which is a pretty good score overall. However, the second largest group of voters graded the team with a 'C'. Respected draft analyst Scott Wright of NFLDraftcountdown recently wrote an in-depth review of the Chargers draft and graded the team with a 'C-' citing the trade to acquire Jacob Hester of LSU as "a questionable selection" due to his lack of "speed and quickness to play running back in the pros" as well as a lack of "bulk or blocking ability to be a traditional fullback." Adding to the criticism of the selection is the fact that AJ Smith used up "essentially using two premium draft choices on a guy like that."

Some have bashed the Chargers for their effort in this draft but, really, who are we to doubt this organization when it comes to player evaluation? Nobody has done a better job of drafting in recent years than A.J. Smith and the Chargers and the number of home grown starters on their roster is truly mind-boggling. In fact, only 3 of their 25 projected starters (including special teams) were not originally signed by San Diego!!! This certainly wasn't a flashy draft class for the Chargers and it isn't going to provide a lot of instant impact but guys like Cason and Hester are high-character guys who will add depth and compliment the talent they already have on hand. San Diego didn't have to hit a home run with this draft because they are already one of the best teams in the league, they just needed to hit a nice solid single and that's exactly what they did. With that said there were things I would have done differently and their lack of depth along the offensive and defensive lines could come back to haunt them which is why I have to give them a modest grade for this class.


So what do you think? Is this a fair grade, or is the team being judged too harshly? For argument's sake, lets allow for a premature grade for a second; we all know that a draft is graded best three years down the road, but lets give the team a quick grade...most of you graded the team with a 'B'. Why not an 'A'? Did the team fail to address their needs, or were there better players available at the time of each selection? Share your thoughts in the comments section below...

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Anonymous said... Jun 12, 2008, 8:43:00 AM

Just curious, but why is one of the tags for this artcile "Devin Hester"?

Anonymous said... Jun 12, 2008, 6:48:00 PM

But the Chargers never reach for players from LSU


Scott said... Jun 13, 2008, 9:06:00 AM

Jacob Hester will succeed, he is an overachiever... which is what he will continue to do. Believe me! He will be a blue-collar RB even hurt.

Rob Zepeda said... Jun 14, 2008, 12:43:00 PM

hey scott, I've got a good feeling about Hester as well. Its easy to see the guy loves contact. In some ways, he might be a poor-man's Brian Leonard

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