2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Chargers
Alabama Crimson Tide offensive tackle D.J. Fluker is a hulking prospect who fits in nicely as a right tackle in a power-running offense.
Fluker is at his best when he can come off the line and drive right into his opponent. Great height and ideal size. There are concerns about his playing weight and he must stay at his current listed weight. Has had issues with staying healthy in his life, but has come a long way in this regard.
Lateral agility is lacking and can get sloppy fast when tiring. Plays with a good motor though and looks to dominate. Technique is sporadic at times. Relies too much on size and strength rather than staying fundamentally sound. Lunges with his upper body will throw him off-balance. All this said, when he takes on a blocker and gets good hand placement, it is over and can dominate smaller defensive ends with ease. Does not move well in space and would have trouble in a zone-heavy blocking scheme.
Fluker projects as a first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
This highly-regarded linebacker from Notre Dame can do just about anything he wants on a football field. Whether it is his run defense, pass coverage, tackling or ability to read and react to offenses, he has the potential to make the play.
Te'o plays downhill, showing a great burst in getting after the ball carrier. His high football IQ will have him in the mix on nearly every play. If there is one particular skill set that will need to get better fast it is his pass coverage and ability to run sideline to sideline. He does not have great speed, which shouldn't hurt his draft stock too badly. What adds to his value though is his ability to play all three downs. Many linebackers do not play every down. Te'o can flash play-making ability against tight ends in man or zone coverage.
He is a clean tackler with great technique. He drives through the ball carrier regularly, stays low and looks to stay lower than his opponent. Te'o had surgery two offseasons ago. It caused him to miss most of spring practice this year.
The 6'2", 255 lb. ILB is expected to be drafted somewhere in the middle of the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft despite persistent questions about the "girlfriend... [Read More
The 2013 class currently lacks a clear-cut leader at the wide receiver position, but Cal's Keenan Allen is close to it as a speedy possession receiver with length and a refined ability to run routes.
Allen has great hands and consistently grabs the ball away from his body. Lacks high-end top speed and does not have break-away speed. He is the type of receiver who can make something happen after the catch and looks to turn it upfield. Projects as a reliable No. 2 receiver who can work the short and intermediate areas of the field. Gains separation getting in and out of his breaks quickly. Has enough size to battle defenders and use his big frame to post up defenders. Good straight line speed, but not elite.
Adequate run blocker with long arms. Not a great leaper, but has above-average body control when going up for the ball. Tracks the ball well and can go up to catch the ball at its highest point.
Allen must run a good 40 to keep his draft stock intact. Teams want playmakers in the first round and being able to stretch the field is important, even if it is not his best attribute. He projects as a mid-first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Cal Golden Bears cornerback Steve Williams is an undersized prospect with very good man coverage skills. Excellent speed, a big vertical and broad jump displayed at the NFL Combine pushed him into middle round consideration at the NFL Draft. Needs to bulk by adding good muscle. Durability concerns in college. Great awareness and route recognition. Can stay in a receiver's hip pocket. Could improve his press-man technique and tenacity. Bigger receivers too often get an easy release and can body up on him to gain favorable position.... [Read More
FIU defensive end Tourek Williams is a tough player with a scrappy style of play. Lacks ideal length and will often get corralled by longer, taller blockers. Has a few pass-rushing moves and really understands pursuit angles. Dropped back into coverage on occasion. Must play with a lower pad level. Most issues revolve around questionable techniques. Needs to better use his hands to deflect and redirect. Average snap awareness, which leads to slow jump off the line. Below average in zone coverage. Could feasibly play 3-4 OLB long-term, but will require time and patience.... [Read More
Southern Utah Thunderbirds quarterback Brad Sorensen is a developmental project who will need time to learn the fundamentals of a pro-style offense. Sloppy footwork. Below-average athlete. Makes questionable decisions when challenged up the middle. Trusts his arm to bail him out of tough situations too often. Above-average pass velocity and arm strength. Can make every throw necessary. Can also tone it down and put some touch on passes when necessary. Level of competition was very, very low. Will need a lot of seasoning. Has likely never seen anything close to the speed of SEC football, let alone the NFL.... [Read More