INDIANAPOLIS – The NFL Scouting Combine concluded Tuesday, leaving the Chargers pointed toward the NFL Draft on April 28-30.
San Diego’s scouts will continue to attend players’ and university pro days, but the information-gathering will be reduced from Niagara Falls to a leaky faucet as soon as the Combine concludes in Indianapolis.
“The guys that chose not to work out (at the Combine), they still have their pro days to work out,” Director of College Scouting John Spanos said. “For a large number of guys, this is the last big step. A lot of guys working out fully here won’t do anything at their pro days.”
A large number of players did elect to work out at the Combine. A good measuring stick: Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert was the only quarterback that chose not to participate in the position drill this year. Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy (hand) didn’t participate due to an injury and the rest of the 16 quarterbacks threw passes.
The Chargers may bring some players to San Diego for physicals to supplement the Combine medical information and may receive other health updates from outside sources.
The draft-day plan won’t be finalized for weeks. The Combine is too early to single out individual players, Assistant Director of College Scouting Mike Biehl said, but the Chargers may emphasize certain positions in casual discussions.
The final strategy will be decided during the course of about three weeks of meetings leading into the draft. The Chargers start with an evaluation of a player’s on-field performance and also consider his measurable physical attributes, health, character and work ethic.
Then the team selects a cluster of players they would be interested in selecting with, for example, their No. 18 overall pick.
“Once we have a total picture of that man, then we make a determination: yes, we would like to make him a San Diego Charger. In what round?” General Manager A.J. Smith said. “We put him in a round range and then we have him targeted to be a Charger and others are eliminated.”
The Chargers also incorporate which personnel areas they’d like to address and will consider several questions during the next two months.“If we stay at the 18th pick in the first round, what (position) would we like to (select)? Who warrants that pick?” Smith said. “Then the homework is done.”