Chargers '11 Draft Recap (via chargersdotcom)
Even before the season is halfway done the seeds may be sown for the eventual AFC Western Division champions. The Chiefs play at San Diego in Week 3 and Week 7 (Halloween) brings the Chargers into Arrowhead for MNF. Last years season opener seemed like a house of horror for Philip Rivers as the Chiefs young secondary covered just well enough for the Chiefs to win. The return match was the Chiefs worst beating of the season 31-0 as the Chiefs could do nothing
well at all that day. The 2010 Chargers shutout of the Chiefs was only the 2nd time the Chiefs have not scored in a game vs the Chargers, the other was 17-0 in 1993.
Kansas City leads the all-time series 51 wins vs 50 losses with One Tie. Yep, the difference in 50 years of Chargers vs Chiefs is One Win for the good guys. That was also the number of games Philip Rivers had lost on Monday Night Football prior to last year, One. Philip is 24-8 against the AFC West in his career, the Chiefs have happily given him four of those losses.
Well this is a new year with different teams of 53.
San Diego Chargers free agents:
Billy Volek, QB
Darren Sproles, RB
Mike Tolbert, RB
Vincent Jackson, WR
Malcom Floyd, WR
Legedu Naanee, WR
Randy McMichael, TE
Jeromey Clary, RT
Scott Mruczkowski, C/OG
Jacques Cesaire, DE
Travis Johnson, DE
Stephen Cooper, ILB
Kevin Burnett, ILB
Brandon Siler, ILB
Eric Weddle, FS
Paul Oliver, FS
These lists do a good job of showing a worst-case scenario, and someone who doesn't follow the team closely would probably be blown away by this list. They would view it and think the Chargers were at risk of losing their backup QB, two-thirds of their RBs, top 3 WRs, backup TE, starting RT, starting DE, every ILB on the roster (seriously) and both Free Safeties (including the very valuable Weddle). Link
Currently the Chargers have about 86 Million spent on players under contract, so given the 115 Million dollars that might be required to be spent, the Chargers should be able to re-sign a large number of their Free-agents.
Will they be happy, Vincent Jackson, probably not.
Let’s take a look at the San Diego Chargers draft:
18. Corey Liuget, DT/DE, Illinois
Liuget is a good value at 18 but I don’t see him as a great fit in San Diego’s defensive scheme. I know it’s tough to project a players’ scheme diversity but with Cam Jordan on the board, I thought he would be a better fit. Liuget is only 6’2, which is not ideal for a five-technique. This pick will definitely depend on Liuget’s ability to transition to a 3-4 DE.
50. Marcus Gilchrist, S/CB, Clemson
Gilchrist is a versatile prospect but a little bit of a reach at 50. I liked Gilchrist more than most and I had him at 62 in my final rankings. He does fill a need and is capable of surprising.
61. Jonas Mouton, ILB, Michigan
Mouton was a hot name leading into the draft, so I am not surprised he landed in the second round. This pick made me go back and watch my Michigan tape and I still don’t see it. He is undersized and has trouble getting off blocks. Some scouts obviously saw it differently but I wouldn’t have taken Mouton in the first 100 picks.
82. Vincent Brown, WR, SDSU
Brown stays in San Diego. His pedestrian 40 time was expected to cause a free fall for Brown. But it didn’t and I am happy for Brown. I think Brown has a chance to develop into a solid NFL receiver. He runs good routes and has good hands. He is not a blazer but is crafty enough to find seperation.
Well thats that. Unlike the Raiders, the Chargers are just not fun to write about, or play. Philip Rivers is the key to the Chargers and the Chiefs have not found the locksmith to date to stop him. Maybe Romeo will in 2011. We need a split so we are not chasing the Chargers all season.