The 2013 Draft was an interesting three days for the San Diego Chargers with the surprising selection of LB Manti T’eo from Notre Dame and stole, perhaps, the best wide receiver in round three with Keenan Allen.
However, the Chargers only addressed the offensive line in the first round choosing RT D.J. Fluker from Alabama. Fluker will definitely help the team’s meager rushing attack and protect QB Phillip Rivers, but GM Tom Telesco seems best to solve the offensive line horrors through free agency or trade because they filled defense holes with two of three remaining picks on the final day.
The Chargers added a secondary help in the fifth round (145th overall) of the draft choosing CB Steve Williams from Cal. Williams selection is required for an already depleted secondary, so his playmaking skills could be a nice fit for nickel and dime coverage.
In the sixth round (179th Overall), the Chargers selected pass rusher Tourek Williams, DE/OLB, Florida International University. The departure of LB Sean Phillips this offseason provides some problems for the San Diego pass rush. Last year’s first rounder Melvin Ingram is moving into his second season after a lackluster performance with 1.5 sacks in 2012. Williams is a low risk reward with solid speed around the corner, but he will have to improve his skills against NFL linemen if he wants to see playing time.
Instead of helping an offensive lineman in the seventh round (221st overall), the Chargers selected another backup for Rivers with QB Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah. Sorensen is a pocket passer with a solid arm, but he needs to improve his decision making abilities. He is more likely not going to see playing time except for preseason, but new Head Coach Mike McCoy has the ability to develop quarterbacks, so Sorensen could possibly become the eventual backup in 2014.
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