San Diego Chargers NFL Draft Reactions - 2010

Another NFL draft is in the books, and if it did not leave you highly entertained than you were not paying attention. There were plenty of trades and enough highly questionable picks to keep draft analysts pulling their hair out.

The most talked about draft news involved an AFC West rival trading up in the first round to draft a new quarterback, the widely talked about Tim Tebow. With the "firing" of Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, and the drafting of Tebow, Broncos Coach Josh McDaniels has made it known that he is putting character over talent, and will go to extreme ends to prove it. Coach McDaniels, the rest of the AFC West thanks you!

Now on to what we really care about, the Chargers 2010 draft selections. AJ Smith did a couple of things that I never thought he would do in this draft. First, he made a huge move in the first round, going from #28 to #12, and doing so for a significant price. The second thing he did was fill an obvious need position with a highly rated player, choosing RB Ryan Matthews.

The selection of Ryan Matthews, when viewed on it's own, is a phenominal pick. Matthews is a stud who can play every down and should be competing for Pro Bowl selections for the next seven years. If only we could leave it at that.

The drafting of Matthews did not come cheap, as the Chargers had to give up their valuable second round pick, along with Tim Dobbins, and some picks later in the draft. Forget about everything else, that second round pick was HUGE in this deep draft. I was hoping that with picks #28 and #40, we would get at least one game changer on defense, if not two. Instead, those picks were effectively devoted to improving the Chargers 5th ranked offense. Great offense, average defense...devoting your best picks to improving the defense seemed like a no brainer to me, but AJ must have disagreed.

If you have read anything that I have written lately, you know how defense-minded I have been leading up to the draft. In my opinion, the Chargers offense is fine, short of some consistency on the offensive line. The defense has been average at best, and you don't win a lot of championships with an average defense (last year's Super Bowl teams being the exception). I can appreciate a solid running game with the best of them, but I can also appreciate a dominating defense, and we have not had one of those since Wade Phillips left Southern California.

I will give AJ some credit, he spent the rest of the draft focusing on need positions on the defensive side of the ball. The Chargers run defense was soft up the middle, so AJ picked up up a solid inside LB (Donald Butler), a tackle machine at Safety (Darrell Stuckey), and somehow found a run stuffing nose tackle in the 5th round in Cam Thomas. I hear he is not the brightest bulb, but no one said you have to be smart to clog the middle. I truly believe that these guys can immediately help our defense, but I will never stop wondering what it could have been like if we were able to add a game changer like Linval Joseph, Brandon Spikes, or Taylor Mays in the second round.

April 25, 2010

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Chris said... Apr 25, 2010, 10:39:00 PM

Taylor Mays, a game changer? i almost spit my water out. He lacks any sort of game changing ability. Linval Joseph is a good NT prospect but is better at pushing the pocket rather than run stuffing. i think Cam Thomas will be a better player and could be a starter sooner.

I worry about our run game this year. Mathews is a great pick and will certainly help us right away. Without the presence of any sort of veteran RB on our team, i fear that Mathews will suffer the eventual "Rookie wear down" i really hope he doesn't but it sure would help if he has a veteran to take 5-10 touches a game, give Mathews 10-15 and Sproles 5 and we'd have a heck of a run game to go with our high flying pass game.

Anonymous said... Apr 25, 2010, 11:53:00 PM

I really hope we do SOMETHING on the right side of our offensive line before the season starts. Flozell Adams?

isaac said... Apr 26, 2010, 1:23:00 AM

Anonymous I like that call!!

Flozell I think is a much superior run blocking OT than Clary, some say Flozell has lost a step but with a great run game our playaction can compensate for that.

I think A.J got really lucky picking up Cam Thomas in the 5th everyone would have absolutely blasted him if he didint draft a NT.

Another FA that could help Darren Sharper he is a ballhawk at FS and I like the SPEED he and the rookie Stuckey would bring. It makes for a good balance of speed and power that we would have at the Safety position with(Sharper,Stuckey,Ellison and Weedle)

Dominic said... Apr 26, 2010, 6:33:00 AM

I would not be surprised if Butlter, Stuckey, and Thomas were on the feild at the same time in 2010. Thomas was a steal in the 5th.

Anonymous said... Apr 26, 2010, 7:46:00 AM

yes, thomas was a steal. and when you think about the last few games of the season, the run D was kinda good (just take the tennessee game as example, CJ2K didnt run all over them, a good sign) and should be waaay better now.

linebacker corps was also an issue due to all the injuries. maybe butler is a better player as dobbins, we will see. cooper, siler, burnett and butler should be good enough for those 2 spots.

matthews should help the run game. his tape looks a lot like what LT did all the years. a strong runner, not too easy to bring down and a good jumpcut/juke move to get into the second level. once he gets there, he is gone (just look at the tape of the fresno/boise game, he literally beat kyle wilson (CB drafted by jets in rd 1) in a footrace, btw wilson looked like cro in this game, just not making the tackle)

idk about stuckey, but the safety position needed help. ellison, weddle or gregory arent probowl players, although very solid ones. maybe stuckey can be that ballhawk that they need.

the tight end looks like a big one and i think he should be able (with kyle wilson) to fill the "void" manumaleuna left.

the QB wasnt all that necessary imo. i mean, as long as volek is here, he will be the backup. so youre wasting a pick on a guy that will never see the field in reg season and in the BEST case will be sent to another team in 2-4 years for a 4-5th round pick.

overall, i think a very aggressive and good draft. it seemed like they only had a few players on their board (at least for the first few rounds) and didnt hesitate to get them (even at hefty prices). in one or two years we will know better, but as of now, i like the draft


Anonymous said... Apr 26, 2010, 8:53:00 AM

You might be thankful that the Broncos drafted Tebow, but I am not looking forward to facing him twice a year every year down the road. He wins, and he can make things happen with his feet and his arm. Look at what McDaniels did with Brady...and while Tebow might not be as smart as Brady, he is not stupid and he is an extremely gifted physical player.

As for the Chargers draft (much like the Tebow pick), I guess we'll wait and see. But if Matthews becomes a pro-bowler, the price will have been just fine. You only have a 50% chance of hitting on a 2nd rounder anyway.

Go Bolts!!

Mark said... Apr 26, 2010, 9:05:00 AM

I'm glad we didn't trade Merriman to move-up. I really thought that he would be dealt. We need all of the depth we can get on defense and I don't think Larry English is quite ready to take over full-time.

I think Donalad Butler is a better choice than Brandon Spikes- (dude looks like "The Predator"). And despite that Taylor Mays is fast and can hit really hard, he has hands of stone. That's great if you're a boxer, but not so good if you play football.

Anonymous said... Apr 26, 2010, 10:10:00 AM

I heard some bashing of Belicheat for taking Spikes so high. Apparently he disappears throughout a game - at college level. They (espn) were saying how good friends Belicheat and Urban meyer are. and BB just picked from big programs, especially his friends.
Anyway, Butler and Stuckey seems like versatile, hard working players that will be solid contributors. and Cam Thomas will be good in a rotation and hopefully grow into a JWall replacement eventually.
Mathews will be well worth the price imo. I love his ferocious running style - i.e. Adrian peterson. It will give that dimension that SD's been lacking.

Mark said... Apr 26, 2010, 11:05:00 AM

ha, ha! If Spikes "dissapears" during plays at the college level, then I'm guessing he will be virtually invisible in the pros!

JeromeW said... Apr 26, 2010, 11:30:00 AM

A Grade for AJ...addressed all stuffing(like CThomas-VMartin rotation) game(Matthews,Hester..and look for Tolbert to get more carries...we no longer need 125yds a game..a consistent 75-80 should do wonders===>ie LT 12att-24yds).."coverage" safety...Stuckey played against pass-happy B12..and had 7 tkls in SB...weddle/ellison can defend TEs not 3rd WR...confused about Crompton...someone might have intrigue in Volek come training camp but besides that ..isee no for DButler my most "excited about" pick...36reps at combine..Coop is 31 ithink and we dont keep "age" around

@anonymous===>Flozell Adams?? Yea right...did u see film of him last year??...ahahaahaah...but keep in mind G-Alan Faneca ..Veteran anchored NYJ #1 run game...PIT still misses him...DSharper is only effective in blitz-happy longer our MO...cant hold up in coverage..

Shane said... Apr 26, 2010, 6:28:00 PM

Yeah agreed on the flozell idea, No thanks! He is a false start waiting to happen lol. I think some of you guys should quit whining about the offensive line, our defense, and the fact we traded #40 pick. We will be just fine. Besides, alot of so called experts were projecting us to draft Ryan Mathews and either Mount Cody or Cam Thomas and we got them both even without #40. That to me shows AJ might know what he's doing. Like AJ said, "We can wait and hope the player we are targeting falls to us, or we can go get them." And thats what he did! Oh yeah, Butler will be better than Cooper ever thought of being and Stuckey might turn out to be that ballhawk we oh so need.

Anonymous said... Apr 27, 2010, 9:52:00 AM

YEEE HAAAAAAAA Can't wait for this season! Seems like Rivers finally has a SOUR taste in his mouth from this past year. Rivers has always been a winner and we'll see if he can pull through in big games this year. Now our D will be better than last year along with our offense. I can't wait!


JeromeW said... Apr 27, 2010, 12:05:00 PM

@Shane ..please preach tO these peOple !! ..itOtally aGree man ...the OLine is on point healthy Hardwick/VasQuez ..never been big fan of Clary but UDFA T out of TCU should provide competition...Butler will be a fan favorite...nOt afraid of cOntact..not even the slightest...will plug middle w/o hesitation...

@anonymous======> Philip been showing up in big games !! ..See: @NYG game, @DAL game ..all of our playoff losses falls in the hands of our ground game...never the QB ...

Anonymous said... Apr 27, 2010, 2:41:00 PM

@JeromeW... clearly weren't not watching the same games... Playoff games are what i'm talking about, You know??? the BIG GAME??? Hello??? The thing all great QB's do when in need... They take the game into their own hands and single handedly march down the field on their command to win the game. That's my definition of big game. Not a game against NYG or DAL (or even the raideretts) that doesn't mean a thang. ALWAYS THE QB*** never forget that.


Anonymous said... Apr 27, 2010, 9:38:00 PM


Jefe said... Apr 28, 2010, 11:01:00 AM

It's kinda scary to think the Chargers of today are like the Chargers of the 80's. Great offense and no defense. Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself.

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