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San Diego Chargers
A.J. Smith and Norv Turner’s jobs are on the line, so this was a critical draft for the San Diego Chargers. Entering the draft, there were rumors about the Chargers trading up, which made sense if Smith and Turner felt they needed to land an impact player to help save their jobs. But they stayed put on draft day, and it payed off.
It was difficult to imagine a scenario in which Melvin Ingram fell the Chargers, but when he did their front office wasted no time snatching him up. Ingram may not technically be a starter in 2012, with Shaun Phillips and Jarret Johnson favored to occupy that role, but he will make a significant impact. He played a hybrid end/linebacker role in South Carolina, so he should be able to make a smooth transition in San Diego.
Kendall Reyes had value in the 2nd round, so I can’t argue with the selection too much. However, it’s tough to see how he fits into their immediate plans. He’ll compete with Vaughn Martin and Luis Castillo for playing time. It’s also possible that he is used as a part of a rotation, coming into the game in passing situations with Martin playing on the majority of run downs.
Brandon Taylor was a reach in the 3rd round, but there was such little depth in this year’s class of safeties that the Chargers likely felt the need to go off the board to fill a need. He may be given an opportunity to compete with Atari Bigby for the starting job at strong safety.
I love the selection of Lararius Green. He’s very raw, but has the potential to be an elite pass-catching tight end. He is now the heir apparent to Antonio Gates at tight end, but could be used in some two tight end sets this upcoming season. He’s a matchup nightmare, and has the potential to be a steal in the 4th round.
Johnnie Troutman was a reach in the 5th round and, on top of that, he is expected to miss the entire 2012 season due to injury. Unless a player has elite upside, which Troutman does not, it’s best to stay away from injured players in the draft.
David Molk fell much further than I expected. He’s a smart, physical interior lineman who could be given an opportunity to take over for Nick Hardwick in a year or two.
Edwin Baker also fell on draft day. The Chargers have limited depth behind Ryan Matthews, which should allow Baker to earn a roster spot.
Overall, the Chargers drafted a nice mix of players who can help immediately and can be groomed for the future. It’s a well-balanced class which should help save the jobs of A.J. Smith and Norv Turner.
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While making my standard rounds through my favorite Chargers websites this weekend waiting for each of the rounds of the Draft to start, I came across a very interesting set of articles. This series is called Fan Perspective and it gives fans a very rare opportunity, the chance to be interviewed like the players. I thought this was a wonderful idea as it gives fans a chance to...
BallertainmentJunior Seau dead at 43
After early reports of a shooting at his Oceanside, CA residence, it has been confirmed that Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau has died.
According to TMZ:
Cops are currently at Seau’s home — located in San Diego County — and were seen talking with a man who was inside the house and appeared distraught.
We’re told Seau sent text messages...
Former NFL star Junior Seau was found dead at his home Wednesday, authorities said.
Police Lt. Karen Laser confirmed the death but released no other details. U-T San Diego reported that a 911 call came from the home at 10 a.m.
Seau was a standout linebacker with the University of Southern California before going to the San Diego Chargers, whom he led to the Super Bowl following...
According to a report from TMZ.com, former San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots star, Junior Seau, was found dead of an apparent suicide. He played 20 seasons in the NFL and most believe will be worth of Hall of Fame consideration at some point. Certainly from his frustrating play against the Denver Broncos for most of those 20 years would be enough for that.
Former San Diego Chargers all-pro linebacker Junior Seau was found dead at him home Wednesday, according to reports from TMZ: NFL legend Junior Seau was found dead in his home in Oceanside, CA … and cops are investigating a shooting … multiple law enforcement sources tell TMZ. Cops are currently at Seau’s home just outside [...]
It is with great sadness to announce the death of 43 year old, NFL great, Junior Seau. The future hall of famer was found dead at his home in Oceanside, CA today by his current girlfriend. The early reports are that Seau took his own life with a shotgun to the chest. The reports will continue and I am sure we will know more soon. Yet, I want to recognize the man I remember. The man...
In a sad report from TMZ, we’ve learned that former NFL Linebacker, Junior Seau has passed away from a self inflicted gunshot wound in his California home. He was 43. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that there was a 911 phone call made around 10 AM this morning from Seau’s home.
Seau was drafted 5th overall in the 1990 NFL Draft. He was a part of 12 Pro Bowls, and played...
Sad news to report in the NFL. TMZ and various media outlets are reporting that former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau has been found dead in his home in Oceanside, Calif.
According to the TMZ report, police are investigating a shooting, according to several of their law enforcement sources. According to those same sources Seau died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to...
It is evident that the San Diego Chargers are tired of drafting from the middle of each round every April, and it's time they lean one way or the other. Recent regular seasons indicate that they might as well tank in favor of selecting USC's Matt Barkley No. 1 overall next year and trading him for a new General Manager and Head Coach. 2012's edition, on the other hand...
When I was just a young girl living in New Orleans, trying to figure out why the team I loved sucked so bad and growing to love and understand the game of football, I can remember attaching myself to players on teams other than my beloved Saints. Sure I admired the Joe Montanas, Dan Marinos and Emmit Smiths of the league. But then, there were players like the Steelers’ Rod Woodson...
One of the most charismatic and intense NFL linebackers of all time, Junio Seau, has died at age 43 due to a gun shot wound. Seau was found dead in his home in San Diego early this morning. Police are still investigating Seau’s death, but early world is that it’s a potential suicide. Questions about Seau’s mental state first came up in 2010 when he drove his SUV off of a cliff...
It came out a a few hours ago today that several Saints players would be getting some time off this season due to their roles in the Saints bounty program. Jonathan Vilma is the largest transgressor, staring down a one-year suspension. Meanwhile, the NFLPA, the players' union, is protesting the suspensions. Meanwhile, water is still wet.So instead of just saying, "Ya know...
A look back at Junior Seau's career. RIP