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Roundup: Busy Friday at the Combine
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Friday was a busy day at the Scouting Combine – and it will only get busier from here on out as in the morning, the offensive linemen and tight ends suit up for the first day of on-field workouts. Not sure who to watch for? Jordan Beane and I have you covered in our first position preview!
We also spent a good portion of the day catching up with media experts to get their opinions on the Bolts. We asked them their thoughts on the 2013 season, what offseason additions the team should make and how they should proceed in the draft. In addition to watching the videos, check out snippets of what some said.
On the Chargers 2013 Season:
Jason La Canfora, CBS: “Even in their heart of hearts, I don't think they knew that they were that good. When you looked at that team, it looked like a 'tweener team -- some guys maybe a little old, some guys still a little too young. I think Mike McCoy -- if you would have done the voting for Coach of the Year maybe one or two weeks later, if you would have done it the second week of the playoffs, I'm not saying he would have won that thing, because Rivera did a great job and Andy Reid did a great job, but I think he got overlooked a little bit. Talk about maximizing talent, I thought they exceeded any expectations. I looked at them in training camp and thought, if they win six games it's a hell of an accomplishment. They almost won double that.”
On the Chargers Free Agency Options:
Rich Gannon, CBS and Sirius Radio: “I think they have to continue to improve in a number of ways. I think defensively, they have to be able to impact the quarterback more and be more effective with the rush. That will help everything on the back end. Clearly, I think they can get better at the corner position because you look at that division, you have to go up against Peyton Manning and the Broncos. I think Kansas City is going to try to make an emphasis to get better at wide receiver. You have to be really deep and talented at that group. I think that's an area where they can get a little more depth and talent. And I think when you look at the offensive side of the ball, they have to get healthy at wide receiver, we know about that. I was really impressed with what I saw from (running back) Ryan Mathews. I thought, for a guy that wasn't healthy late in the year, he really toughed it out and had a terrific year. Always look at the offensive line, because you have a quarterback that is maybe not as mobile, but is very effective when the protection is good around him. I think that's an area to look at as well.”
On the Chargers Options in the Draft:
Albert Breer, NFL Network: “What I can say is that you're going to get a really good player there. What I've been told is that maybe 10 to 12 players in this draft are better than anybody in last year's draft which is an incredible thing when you think about that's just the top shelf. Then you're working down, so if you're drafting in the 20s, you might be getting a player who in another year could be a top-10 caliber player. There will be good players down there and it will be interesting to see what they do at some of the positions that have some more depth. The offensive tackle position has a lot of depth and there are good players there. There are a lot of good receivers in this draft so if they wanted to supplement something with Keenan Allen… there are a lot of different ways you can go because of the depth of the draft. The nice thing for somebody like the Chargers is you don't have to press a need in the first round because there are going to be good players further on down the line, which is part of the product of having so many underclassmen declaring.”
Meanwhile, offensive linemen and tight end prospects finished meeting with the media today. Make sure to check out what Jake Mathews, Taylor Lewan and the rest of the most popular linemen had to say, as well as Jace Amaro, Eric Ebron and the tight ends.