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Chargers Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft

By Abe Munch

1st- Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
2nd- Marcus Gilchrist, CB, Clemson
2nd- Jonas Moutan, LB, Michigan
3rd- Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State
3rd- Shareece Wright, CB, USC
6th- Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut
6th- Steve Schilling, OG, Michigan
7th- Andrew Gachkar, LB, Missouri

Synopsis: General manager A.J. Smith is a proponent of the ‘draft and develop’ method when handling personnel. He rarely dips into free agency, so it’s crucial for San Diego to hit on their picks in order to maintain success. The Chargers wanted to improve their defense and add depth and competition at their skill positions.

Best Selection: Corey Liuget. Liuget can play any position in the interior and will find a way to get to the quarterback. He shows good hustle and his footwork and burst allow him to be consistently disruptive against the run and pass.

Biggest Risk: Jonas Moutan. Moutan was a three year starter and shows good instincts in run support, but he lacks bulk and the length and strength to take on lineman and consistently disengage. He gets washed out frequently and may not have a lot of upside. He shouldn’t have been drafted until the 5th round.

Grade: B-
I liked the Liuget pick but wasn’t as high on the two second round picks of Gilchrist and Moutan. The rest of the selections offer up prospects who can either develop into solid contributors, or players who can contribute early (Vincent Brown, Shareece Wright).

Sleeper: Jordan Todman. Todman will likely work in slowly but eventually become Darren Sproles’ replacement. A hard worker with very good toughness, he runs bigger than his size but knows how to make defenders miss along the sideline.


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