The San Diego Chargers made three selections on the final day of the 2013 NFL Draft, selecting California-Berkeley cornerback Steve Williams in the fifth round, Florida International defensive end Tourek Williams in the sixth round and Southern Utah University quarterback Brad Sorenson in the seventh round.
“We’re really happy,” said General Manager Tom Telesco in summing up the team’s entire draft class. “We feel like we’re a lot better today than we were three days ago. We had some goals going into the draft. One was to try and solidify the offensive line as much as we could and we did that with the first-round draft pick with D.J. (Fluker). We were trying to add some playmakers on both sides of the ball and with picks two (Manti Te’o) and three (Keenan Allen), we think accomplished that. Some kids from today we think have a chance to come in and help us so we’re very pleased.”
“Tom and the staff did a great job,” said Head Coach Mike McCoy. “Tom, the coaches, all the scouts that we have here, personnel people, the organization as a whole did a phenomenal job of organizing it for the first time and we got some great players. Tom and the rest of the guys deserve a lot of credit.”
Steve Williams’ selection (No. 145 overall) marked the second-straight Golden Bear picked by the Chargers, following the selection of wide receiver Keenan Allen in the third-round. A 5-10, 185 pounder, Williams tossed his hat into the NFL ring after only three seasons at Cal, including a 2012 junior campaign in which he earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 and team MVP honors. His 2012 statistics included career highs in interceptions (three), total passes defensed (13), tackles (80) and tackles for loss (seven). A native of Dallas, Texas and a graduate of the city’s Skyline High School, Williams left Cal with 150 career tackles, six interceptions, nine tackles for loss, 25 pass breakups, 31 total passes defensed, a sack and three forced fumbles.
Tourek Williams, 6-4, 262 pounds, was selected No. 179 overall after a career at Florida International in which he earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors three times, twice a second-team pick and a first-team selection following his senior year. As a senior team captain in 2012, Williams led the team with 6.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles, while recording a career-high 46 tackles for loss. He finished his career at FIU, second in school history in career sacks (18) and tackles for loss (45.5). The only Panthers player to record more is former Chargers outside linebacker Antwan Barnes. His final career tackle total was 152. Williams is a native of Miami, Florida and prior to Florida International, he prepped at Miami’s Norland High School.
The Bolts closed out the 2013 draft by selecting Sorenson in the seventh round with the 221st overall selection. A three-year starter at Southern Utah, the 6-5, 230-pound Sorenson was a second-team All-Big Sky Conference pick as a senior in the Thunderbirds’ first year in the league. Prior to their joining the Big Sky, Sorenson was the Great West Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2011 and a first-team all-conference pick as a sophomore and a junior. He passed for more than 3,000 yards in each of his three seasons in Cedar City and set school records for career passing yards (9,445) and touchdown passes (61). A native of Colton, California (Colton High School), Sorenson redshirted as a freshman at Brigham Young in 2009 and then transferred to San Bernardino (Calif.) Valley College, where he played in 2010. Sorenson and Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright were teammates at Colton High School.
Below is a recap of the Chargers’ six selections in the 2013 NFL Draft
Round No. Player
1 11 D.J. Fluker
2 38 Manti Te’o Inside Linebacker Notre Dame
3 76 Keenan Allen Wide Receiver
5 145 Steve Williams Cornerback
6 179 Tourek Wiliams Defensive End Florida International
7 221 Brad Sorenson Quarterback
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