|San Diego Chargers 2011 NFL Draft Review|
|By Scott Garbarini, NFL Editor|
1 - Corey Liuget, DE, Illinois (6-2, 298);
2 - Marcus Gilchrist, CB, Clemson (5-10, 195);
2 - Jonas Mouton, ILB, Michigan (6-1, 239);
3 - Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State (5-11, 187);
3 - Shareece Wright, CB, USC (5-11, 185);
6- Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut (5-9, 203);
6 - Stephen Schilling, OG, Michigan (6-4, 308);
7 - Andrew Gachkar, ILB, Missouri (6-2, 233)
Top Picks Analysis: The Chargers may have landed an immediate starter in Liuget, a quick and active disrupter as a 4-3 tackle with the Illini who will be used as a base end in the team's three-man front and should have the natural strength to make the switch. Gilchrist was a nice find as well, a tough and physical corner who could play a lot in nickel situations as a rookie. He's also a competent return man who could assume those duties if Darren Sproles isn't retained. Scouts differ greatly in their opinions of Mouton, with some teams viewing him as a late-round prospect because he doesn't have great timed speed or change-of-direction ability. The Chargers love his instincts and toughness, however, and will give him a chance to earn a starting job inside during camp. Brown also won't blow anyone away with his feet, running a pedestrian 4.71 in the 40 at the combine, but the local product is a savvy route runner with reliable hands.
Best Value Pick: Todman was a key part of Connecticut's surprise Big East championship squad last season and has the speed to possibly take over Sproles' role as a third-down back and kick returner.
We Question Why: Mouton and Brown both have some positive qualities, but the Chargers may have been able to get each on the third day.
Summary: There are things to like about this class, as Liuget is a terrific talent and each of the first six picks have a chance to make contributions right away. However, there's too many selections that have limited ceilings to give anything above an average grade.
FINAL GRADE: C