In their second selection (38th overall) of the 2013 draft, the San Diego Chargers shocked everyone when they traded up and chose Manti Te’o, LB Notre Dame. Te’o was the talk leading up to the draft because of his off the field problems, but was slated by NFL scouts as a first rounder. After slipping to the second day, the Chargers saw the opportunity to fill a need at middle linebacker and gave up their fourth round pick for the former Heisman candidate.
Although Te’o lacks speed and strength against opposing offensive lineman, his football intelligence and awareness can make up for these problems. With the Chargers running a 3-4 defense, they should be able to utilize these skills to make him successful.
The Chargers still need to sure up the offensive line, but the decision to choose Te’o certainly brings a new attitude to the Bolts defense.
The Chargers also grab the steal of the day and with their third round pick (76th overall), the Chargers added wide receiver Keenan Allen from Cal to bolster the offense and give QB Philip Rivers a potentially dangerous target. Allen’s talent projected him as a late first rounder, but he fell to the Chargers in the middle of the third round because of injury concerns.
Allen is a possession receiver but has the skills to make big plays down the field. Under former coach Norv Turner, Rivers became depended on the long ball, so Allen’s offensive skills highlights the changes being made by new coach Mike McCoy.