Monday Morning GM- San Diego Chargers Draft

Vincent Brown, the SDSU wide receiver selected by the Chargers in the 2011 NFL Draft, should be considered representative of AJ Smith’s overall draft philosophy. With five picks in the first three rounds, and no picks in rounds four and five, AJ did not have the luxury of waiting until the final day of the draft to select a player in whom he had targeted.

“I am more interested in the player than the round after the first round,” said AJ Smith following the draft.

So while fans are left wondering who Jonas Mouton is and if Marcus Gilchrist and Brown were selected a little early, it may not be a difficult situation to figure out. AJ simply did not have much to work with after the third round. If he liked Gilchrist and Mouton, he had to evaluate the value on the board and make a decision. If he thought Brown could make a difference for the Chargers, and there are reports that a lot of other teams had the same view of the SDSU receiver, he had to pull the trigger or risk losing him.

Considering his previous pick-trading track record, perhaps we should just be satisfied that he didn’t give away any future draft picks for the rights to draft players who may have been taken too early. But that perspective is a little too negative for my tastes.

ESPN Draft “expert” Mel Kiper gave the Chargers a B- overall grade. Really, that means nothing on the football field, but if draft experts primarily influenced fans’ opinions going into the draft, then fans should also take into consideration their opinions after the draft.

A draft evaluator in whom I hold even more respect, NFL Network analyst Greg Cosell, said that Corey Liuget, Mouton, and Brown were three of his favorite players, and called Mouton a smooth, fluid player and an excellent athlete.

I’ll admit that when Mouton’s name was called, I was as stunned as anyone, but as with most fans, that reaction was based primarily on ignorance. Mouton was the leading tackler in the Big 10, playing on a sub-par defense. Kiper and company told me he was a reach in the 2nd round, so I assumed it was a reach. But when you look at the player, you can’t help but see a solid performer on the field with a ton of potential to become a Chargers inside linebacker for years to come.

Could the Chargers have found a better player late in the 2nd round? Maybe. Maybe not. But the more I see the player on the field, the more I like him. Same with Liuget, who will be an impact player, Gilchrist, who was not the reach that some have made him out to be, Brown, and Shareece Wright. And if sixth rounders Jordan Todman and Stephen Schilling, along with seventh rounder Andrew Gachkar, make any contribution at all, it won’t be hard to imagine the Chargers being a better team in 2011. Let’s just hope that free agency gets started sooner rather than later.

Kiper, Cosell, and other draft “experts” were not as negative about the Chargers draft as many fans have been. Just looking at each individual player, what are your thoughts on the newest San Diego Charger players? Sounds off, Charger fans!

One final note: I would be remiss if I did not express our unending gratitude to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. On a day when the head of a sadistic terrorist organization has finally been brought to justice, we take time to remember the victims of all terrorist attacks, and to again say thank you to the brave men and women who fight them outside of our borders in the hope of preventing further attacks within our borders.

“We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail.” – Pres. George W. Bush, 2001

May 2, 2011

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SanDeezy said... May 2, 2011, 7:23:00 PM

I am more than happy with this draft. At first I was a little disappointed we didn't take Cameron Jordan with the 18th pick, but after watching whatever film I can find of Corey Liuget I am happy with the pick. Same goes for Mouton too. It's easy to be a GM from home and be frustrated with who we "should've" picked. I read too much into the "experts" rankings but soon realized they aren't always right. I can't wait for the season and I really believe all the picks have a good chance of making the team.

boltfan said... May 3, 2011, 7:08:00 AM

Kiper is wrong as often as he is right. I'm willing to give these guys a chance to perform before I pass judgement.

Brian said... May 3, 2011, 1:57:00 PM

I like this blog. Please don't turn me off it by quoting Bush.

boltfan said... May 4, 2011, 6:59:00 AM

Wow Brian, way to miss the point

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