San Diego Chargers Draft Recap
After three days and 253 picks, the 2012 NFL Draft is finally complete.
As expected, Andrew Luck was the first overall pick and he will be leading the Indianapolis Colts in their post-Peyton Manning era.
This year’s Mr. Irrelevant was quarterback Chandler Harnish and he was selected by the Colts with the 253rd pick.
The Chargers struck gold in the round 1 when South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram surprisingly fell all the way to number 18 and the team didn’t waste much time in selecting the former Gamecock.
But how did the rest of the Chargers Draft turn out? Here’s a quick recap.
Round 1: Pick 18
Melvin Ingram- Outside Linebacker- South Carolina
Pick Analysis: The Chargers couldn’t be happier with this pick as they landed the best pass rusher in the Draft without having to trade up.
What will he bring to the team: He brings speed and toughness coming off the edge and should help improve the team’s sack totals for 2012.
Verdict: Ingram was a fantastic pick by the Chargers and I’m expecting big things from him in his Rookie season.
Round 2: Pick 49
Kendall Reyes- Defensive Tackle/Defensive End- UConn
Pick analysis: The defensive-line now appears to be set with the addition of Reyes and he will become a solid contributor to the Chargers’ run defense.
What will he bring to the team: He brings a mean streak and adds plenty of power to the d-line.
Verdict: Reyes will likely play as a defensive end in the Chargers 3-4 front and play alongside last year’s first round pick in Corey Liuget.
Round 3: Pick 78
Brandon Taylor -Safety- LSU
Pick Analysis: The Chargers needed to take a safety at some point in the draft and decided to reach a little for Taylor in Round 3.
What will he bring to the team: He brings a physical presence to the secondary and will be asked to help out in run support.
Verdict: Taylor will likely challenge Atari Bigby for a starting spot at strong safety to play alongside Eric Weddle.
Round 4: Pick 110
Ladarius Green- Tight End- Louisiana-Lafayette
Pick Analysis: A surprising move to add another tight end to the mix but Green could become the eventual successor to Antonio Gates.
What will he bring to the team: He brings some much needed speed to the tight end position and at 6′ 6″ and 238 lbs, he could be a valuable red-zone target for Philip Rivers.
Verdict: Green is still a work in progress but if he can get the right coaching and learns from a future Hall of Famer in Antonio Gates, he could turn out to be a 4th round steal.
Round 5: Pick 149
Johnnie Troutman- Guard- Penn State
Pick Analysis: After going defense for the first three picks, the team went for offense again with this pick and added another body to block for quarterback Philip Rivers.
What will he bring to the team: He brings some much needed toughness and strength to the interior line and will add depth at guard.
Verdict: Troutman faces a battle at Training Camp to make the cut but he should earn a spot on the final roster as a backup for starting guards Tyronne Green and Louis Vasquez.
Round 7: Pick 226
David Molk- Center- Michigan
Pick Analysis: Offensive line is improved again with this pick as the Chargers draft a Michigan offensive lineman for the second straight year.
What will he bring to the team: He brings experience and strength as evident by his impressive career at Michigan and his 41 bench press reps at the combine.
Verdict: Molk could turn out to be a 7th round steal and the former Rimington Trophy Winner will challenge Colin Baxter to serve as Nick Hardwick’s backup.
Round 7: Pick 250
Edwin Baker- Running Back- Michigan State
Pick Analysis: With their final pick, the team decided to take a running back to provide backup for starter Ryan Mathews.
What will he bring to the team: He brings a decent combination of speed and strength and will challenge Curtis Brinkley for carries.
Verdict: Baker will have to have a solid training camp/preseason if he is going to make the final roster and faces an uphill task.
So that’s my recap of the San Diego Chargers Draft. Let’s hope these Rookies can help the team return to the Playoffs this season.
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