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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- After spending their first three picks on players expected to help address their defensive shortcomings, the San Diego Chargers spent the last day of the NFL draft loading up on offensive backups.
The Chargers took tight end Ladarius Green of Louisiana-Lafayette in the fourth round Saturday, Penn State guard Johnnie Troutman in the fifth round, All-American center David Molk of Michigan in the seventh round and Michigan State running back Edwin Baker with a compensatory pick.
"All those guys can compete to add depth on the roster," said player personnel director Jimmy Raye.
The Chargers, who had a big free agent haul, needed a strong draft as they look to end a slide that's seen them miss the playoffs two straight seasons. They have only one playoff win in four seasons.
They spent their first three picks on outside linebacker Melvin Ingram of South Carolina, defensive end Kendall Reyes of Connecticut and LSU strong safety Brandon Taylor. Those thr...
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Kendall Reyes, Melvin Ingram, Brandon Taylor
A.J. Smith and crew can finally start to rest. The job of the scouting department and general manager is all but over for this off-season. The 2012 NFL Draft concluded Saturday evening after 3 days and 7 rounds. San Diego had 7 picks in the Draft, one in each of the first 5 rounds and 2 in the 7th round. With those 7 picks the...
The San Diego Chargers had one of those drafts that made them a better team overnight. They were able to pick up what should amount to 3 defensive starters, find an heir apparent to Antonio Gates, and add some sorely needed depth to their backfield. Here’s a closer look at the 2012 Charger draft class: [...]
The Chargers say it every year, but maybe this year they really mean it: they got the player they wanted in the draft's first round.
Melvin Ingram, the University of South Carolina standout, was selected No. 18 by the Chargers on Thursday. Eager to fix a third-down defense which was the NFL's worst last year, the team turned to Ingram to cleanse that blemish.
The San Diego Chargers had other positions of need, but they got a decent value here with Kendall Reyes.
Reyes fits nicely at defensive end in their 3-4 defense, but I didn’t view the position as a glaring weakness. Reyes will have to complete with two other young defensive ends, Corey Luigit and Vaughn Martin, for playing time and may have a hard time cracking the 1st-team unit.
The Chargers knew they had to find an impact safety in the draft. After seeing the top two prospects (Mark Barron and Harrison Smith) go off the board in the first round, A.J. Smith ensured he didn't lose No. 3. Smith traded away a sixth-round pick to move up five spots in the third round and grab Brandon Taylor.
The Chargers, as expected, went defense again with their second-round selection. The surprise came in the position, as San Diego opted for DE Kendall Reyes instead of addressing the secondary. Reyes is a stellar run defender with good suddenness and hustle; he will be in the rotation on the defensive line, which continues its ongoing youth movement.
After kicking off the draft with three defensive picks, the third day was all about offense. A.J. Smith picked up a couple skill players to play behind Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews while also rebuilding depth on the offensive line. We analyze all Saturday's selections with a four-category breakdown.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Chargers set a tone by taking defensive players with their first three picks in the NFL draft.
Two of them are from the SEC.
After picking outside linebacker Melvin Ingram in the first round on Thursday night, the Chargers took defensive end Kendall Reyes of Connecticut in the second round and then traded up five spots in the third round to take...
The San Diego Chargers are coming off yet another disappointing season, missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season. The Chargers are going to enter into a transition season after losing yet even more of their star players, but after the last three days of the NFL Draft, the Chargers have added a few pieces which should give the Chargers faithful some hope heading into...