1 - #19 OLB Everette Brown, Florida State
- Brown is one of the top 3-4 "rush" LB's in this draft and is perfect for a 3-4 defense. However, the Chargers are already stacked at LB and unless they plan on dumping one soon this pick really doesn't help much. Shaun Phillips has one OLB job on lock and the other job is a competition between past starter Matt Wilhelm and newly acquired Kevin Burnett. Brown is a beast pass rusher and could immensely help out the Chargers defense, if he could get on the field. I feel the Chargers would have been better served by going after a DE like Tyson Jackson with this pick because DE is a big need for them after the departure of Igor Olshansky in FA. I think Brown is a tremendous player, but unless he can beat out one of the incumbents at OLB then he will be burried on the depth chart.
2 - #59 SS Patrick Chung, Oregon
- I love this pick and it makes all the sense in the world to me. The team has three excellent CB's to compete for those jobs and Eric Weddle has the FS job on lockdown, but SS is a complete mystery. Right now the starter would probably be Clinton Hart, but Patrick Chung would walk in and have that starting job by training camp. He is very versatile as a SS because of his tackling ability combined with his speed and even though he is not the best DB in coverage, I think he will become a tremendous SS in the future. This is one of my favorite picks in the entire draft because Chung is such a good player and because it seems like such a perfect fit.
4 - #120 WR Johnny Knox, Abilene Christian
- This guy is a burner. Vincent Jackson and Chris Chambers are the unquestioned starting WR's coming into the season, but the team needs some more depth here and more playmakers. Craig "Buster" Davis is one of these guys, but the Chargers could use another. Knox is small in stature, but the guy can fly. He is a developmental prospect as a WR as he needs some time to develop his NFL game, but he could make an immediate contribution in the return game. Darren Sproles is currently the primary return man, but as his workload will most likely increase next year it is good to have another option availiable.
4 - #133 DT Corey Irvin, Georgia
- I don't really see Irvin as a 3-4 NT, but since the Chargers are in need of some 3-4 DE's I think Irvin is a good pick. He played as a 4-3 DT in college, but most 3-4 DE's are big lineman that saw action on the inside in college. Luis Castillo is a perfect example of that. He played DT in college, but was moved outside to DE in the Chargers 3-4 defense and has thrived there. I don't see Irvin starting, but he would be a nice addition to the defensive line rotation and is a valuable depth guy.
4 - #134 WR Aaron Kelly, Clemson
- I like the Kelly pick because he reminds me a bit of Vincent Jackson with his combination of size and speed. He is not quite as big as Jackson, but that is okay because Jackson will be around for a while. Kelly had a stellar career in college until his senior year when Quarterback Cullen Harper completely unraveled. I could see the Chargers giving Kelly a few years to develop and then having him replace Chris Chambers in the starting lineup.
5 - #155 CB Christopher Owens, San Jose State
- Good depth pick here by the Chargers. They have three standout CB's in Cromartie, Jammer, and Cason, but could use some additonal depth at the position. Owens will not be a starter in the NFL, but he could contribute as a dime back early in his career and maybe progrees to the nickel CB position. He is not very big, but he is a very gifted athlete and, IMO, he actually translates better to the NFL than his more heralded teammate Coye Francies.
5 - #163 DE Matt Shaughnessy, Wisconsin
- This pick leaves me scratching my head. Shaughnessy is not big enough to play DE in a 3-4 so he would be thrust into a rush LB role with the Chargers and he just does not translate well to that position at all. He is too slow and would be absolutely burried on the depth chart by more gifted athletes. Also the pick of Everette Brown in the 1st round makes this pick even more of a head scratcher.
The Chargers are already loaded with talent so their draft is based more on filling needs and adding depth. Everette Brown will end up being a very good rush LB in the NFL, but he will probably not start as a rookie although he will see some action. The Chargers are already loaded at OLB so I really feel they should have gone a different route with their 1st rounder. Most of the other picks the Chargers made were just to add depth to certain positions lacking in it and I like these picks, except for the Shaughnessy pick. Also, the Chung pick is an absolute steal for them IMO. He will most likely start for them as a rookie and combined with Eric Weddle the Chargers will have a very formidable young Safety tandem.