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Chargers Draft: What the Experts Had to Say
In the days and hours following the NFL Draft, fans want to know how the experts react to their team’s selections. While much remains to be seen, according to NFL media experts, the San Diego Chargers came out near the top. Here is what some of them had to say.
They didn't have many picks, but I think the Chargers came out pretty well. I really like Jason Verrett, a competitive cover man who won't shy away from contact. San Diego gets the added bonus of grabbing a CB that would have been the ideal fit for division rival Denver a handful of picks later. I had OLB down as a need, and the fact that Jerry Attaochu was there had to be a pleasant surprise. Chris Watt is a good interior blocker and could be used soon, and Ryan Carrethers gives them the depth they needed up the middle on defense. Marion Grice has really good hands out of the backfield and Tevin Reese, while undersized, is an absolute burner who could find a role given the lack of a similar player. The Chargers didn't have a special draft in terms of value, but they added pretty solid pieces and crossed needs off the list. Because they had only six picks they lose a little value, but they worked the board well.
San Diego did a very nice job of filling some holes with a limited number of picks. What Jason Verrett lacks in size, he makes up for with quickness, instincts and tenacity. One of the long-time NFL scouts I trust most graded Verrett as the top senior prospect in the country, regardless of position. I love the schematic fits and value that the Chargers found with outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu in the second round, guard Chris Watt in the third and nose guard Ryan Carrethers in the fifth. Former ASU running back Marion Grice offers a very specific skill-set as one of the elite pass-catchers at the position as does big play wideout Tevin Reese, whose speed is better described with his propensity for long touchdowns rather than just his 40-yard dash time. Reese was clocked at 4.41 seconds. More impressively, 22 of his 25 career touchdowns at Baylor traveled at least 40 yards. That's no misprint. San Diego is gambling on some specialists here to be sure but they are intriguing fits that could help the Chargers take another step in the divisional race.
Loved the start, which featured CB Jason Verrett at No. 25 and OLB Jeremiah Attaochu at No. 50. The rest of San Diego’s work was a little humdrum, albeit need-based humdrum that landed G Chris Watt and 337-pound NT Ryan Carrethers. Seventh-round WR Tevin Reese should have a chance to speed his way to playing time, if he proves a viable deep threat during camp and into the preseason. I wish I could say RB Marion Grice will have the same chance. Unless he wins a kick-return job, though, the talented back will be stuck behind Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown in the backfield. If that happens, the Grice selection will not have made much sense.
Jason Verrett was one of my top corners in this draft, and when he fell all the way to 25, I couldn't help but picture John Pagano doing flips in the Chargers war room. If he was one inch taller, he would have been the first corner off the board. He's fast, smart and has great hands. I love that selection. Jeremiah Attaochu broke the Georgia Tech all-time record for sacks, is only 21, and can fly off the edge. Homerun pick at 50th overall. I really like Chris watt, the versatile offensive guard out of Notre Dame and running back Marion Grice, the do-everything running back out of Arizona State. I would have
Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer:
Grade : B
Verrett addresses their glaring need for a starting corner, and they'll love his ability to cover everywhere and nose for the ball. Attaochu fits their 3-4 scheme very well as an edge pass rusher. Watt, smart and powerful, should start as a rookie.