*************2016 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.3 Joey Bosa, DE/LB, Ohio State

I usually am 100% on board for teams taking pass rushers, but I just have a hard time with this pick. It almost feels like the Chargers heard rumors about the Jags and Cowboys liking Bosa, so they took him. I can't hate pass rushers though.


2.35 Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

I'm torn on this pick. The Chargers need another TE for the future, but I think they would have been better off finding a guy a few rounds later and selecting one of the MANY studs that were available.


3.66 Max Tuerk, C, USC

Can't complain about this pick. Tuerk maybe is a little early to go here, but he fits a huge need and has good upside.



Like many other teams the Chargers found 2-3 starters in this draft, but they did it so strangely. Bosa doesn't fit this defense, and I just don't see the upside for him to be able to. Hunter Henry is talented, but he really only matters two years from now when the Charger's window is starting to close.

*************2015 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.15 Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

I don't love (but do like) Gordon in this draft, but he was the biggest team need and he instantly becomes a good weapon. I'm not sold that they had to burn two late picks to move up for him, but it isn't worth docking for them to guarantee their guy.


2.48 Denzel Perryman, MLB, Miami

Perryman is a steal here as the 4th MLB off the board. He should have gone about 10 picks earlier and fills a good need.


3.83 Craig Mager, CB, Texas St

I think this is early for him because he is a major project, but he could be a fun special teams guy that could work his way into a starting gig.


5.153 Kyle Emanuel, LB, ND State

6.192 Darius Philon, DE/DT, Arkansas


Overall just ok. The team got clearly better by upgrading their run game, but they got maybe one other guy who will contribute much.

*************2014 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1.25 Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

I don't know of many people that don't like what they see from Verrett, and he does fill a huge need. But he is small. He doesn't play as small, but he truly is very short, and very thin. If he can stay healthy, I think some big receivers will outmatch him. He might be the best 5'9 corner in the world, but unfortunately there aren't many 5'9 corners that can start.


2.50 Jeremy Attaochu, DE/LB, Georgia Tech

I actually had a feeling that Attaochu would of been their 1st round pick. He is a sneaky pass rusher, and a guy with a lot of potential.


3.89 Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame

Eh. There were a few other guards with better value out there, and Watt just isn't a wowing threat. I think he can start, but I don't think he will ever be great.


5.165 Ryan Carrethers, DE/DT, Arkansas State

6.201 Marion Grice, RB, AZ State

7.240 Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor


I can't complain too much here. The team got two or three starters, with some good depth at the end. All of the guys that they drafted have issues, but that isn't uncommon among them.

*************2013 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.11 D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

The Chargers need a lot of help on their offensive line, and Fluker was the last guy worth picking early as a sure thing tackle. It is a little early for Fluker, but he fills a huge need.


2.38 Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

The Chargers are getting a steal of a player, and they probably had to lose a pick to get him, but I just don't know if this was the team he needed. Either way, I think it was great pick.


3.76 Keenan Allen, WR, California

Wow. Keenan Allen could have been a great value at the end of the first, and he is a steal and a half in the 3rd. Think Anquan Boldin with a few more basic question marks.


5.145 Steve Williams, CB, Cal

6.179 Tourek Williams, DE, FIU

7.221 Brad Sorensen, QB, S. Utah


I do not like this draft as much as anyone else does. The team did land a great receiver in Keenan Allen, but they drafted a right tackle 11th overall, and a media whored MLB in the 2nd. They may have 3 starters out of it, but not the starters they needed.


 *************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1:18 Melvin Ingram, DE/LB, So. Carolina

I actually have to give it up the Chargers. The team too often reaches on talent, but they got a steal here. I think an offensive linemen would have been better for the team overall, but other than that they got the best possible pick here.


2.49 Kendall Reyes, DE/DT, UConn

This is a classic Charger pick. They slightly reached on a guy when there were other guys out there to find their steal. Not a terrible pick, but not great.


3.73 Brandon Taylor, S, LSU

The Chargers gave a 5th rounder to move up a bit here, but it wasn't a bad move at all. The team got arguably the 2nd or 3rd best safety in the draft, and he was a good value where he went.


4.110 Ladarius Green, TE, LA-Laff

Another solid pick here. Green is a poor mans Gates, and he is a guy that can really do some damage in the future.


5.114 Johnnie Troutman, OG, Penn State

7.226 David Molk, C, Michigan

7.250 Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State


This is one of the best Chargers drafts that I remember in recent memory. They got 3-4 guys that could start next year including one impact guy in Melvin Ingram. They got a potential future stud at TE who will at worst be there in case of injury next year, and then ended with some very good depth on the offensive line. I wish the team would build a little more on offense, but not a bad draft at all.

*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

 1.18 Corey Liuget, DE/DT, Illinois

A lot of people didn't see Liuget going to a 3-4 team because of his height, but he really did visit with a lot of 3-4 teams. I personally didn't see him as a 3-4 end because the value to take him wasn't worth it and going after other guys (like a Cam Jordan) would have been better.


2.50 Marcus Gilchrist, CB/S, Clemson

Another strange pick. The team needed another corner, but my many accounts Gilchrist can't even fit in well enough to play nickel, and is rather a safety. I'm not buying the "special teams help" as a reason to reach here either.


2.61 Jonas Mouton, LB, Michigan

And the worst overall pick in the draft was? This pick makes me wonder if Al Davis made the pick because he heard the Bears wanted to reach on this 6th or 7th round prospect in a couple of picks. You don't take a special teams player in the 2nd round.


3.82 Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State

I can't complain too much about this pick, although I do think there were better receivers out there. Also a slight reach.


3.89 Shareece Wright, CB, USC

Well there is the nickel corner. So why Marcus Gilchrist? Also another slight reach.


6.183 Jordan Todman, RB, UConn

And the best pick for the team was? The team probably could have taken Todman in the 2nd and Mouton here and the draft would makes some sense.


6.201 Steve Schilling, OG, Michigan

Another great pick for the team. Maybe the team should have just traded all their picks for a bunch of day 3 picks.


7.324 Andrew Gachkar, LB, Missouri

Another reach, but for a 7th round pick it's hard to complain too much.


Draft Grade: C+

The team reached on essentially every single pick they made, and they overvalued special teams talents and it showed. But given the fact that the team did touch on a lot of their needs, I can't throw away this draft completely. I would hate being the defensive coordinator because nearly every single pick needs to be coached up.   


It isn't often that I see a draft this interestingly bad. The team reached on nearly every single pick, they focused on positions of need, but the team didn't do much to help out Phillip Rivers. I see maybe one starter from the pack, and while they found some depth, I still have no idea why this organization hasn't been given the kick in the butt that they have needed for years.