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1 (11) - D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama; 2 (38) - Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame; 3
(76) Keenan Allen, WR, California; 5 (145) - Steve Williams, CB, California; 6
(179) - Tourek Williams, DE, Florida International; 7 (221) - Brad Sorensen,
QB, Southern Utah
Top Picks Analysis: The Chargers' offensive line was abysmal in 2012 and D.J.
Fluker was the best O-Line prospect left on the board when San Diego picked
at No. 11 overall. It was probably a little too early for general manger Tom
Telesco to take him but Philip Rivers is certainly happy. Telesco then traded
up in the second round and got great value with Notre Dame inside linebacker
Manti Te'o, a great college player who fell because of his strange
"catfishing" scandal. Te'o was never going to be a top-10 pick as some
surmised early in the process due to some athletic limitations, but he put far
too much good football on film to pretend he can't play at the next level.
Allen is another college superstar who fell because of poor 40 times but he
might be the most polished receiver in this class.
Best Value Pick: Allen finished his 2012 season regarded as the best wide
receiver in the draft but his 40 times sent him tumbling. If you like him,
he's Anquan Boldin. If you don't, he doesn't have the speed to get consistent
separation. The film says you should like him.
Questionable Calls: There shouldn't be any hesitation with Te'o as a football
player but bringing him into any locker room has to be questioned, simply
because his behavior during the scandal turned out to be so bizarre.
Summary: Fluker was as good a desperation pick as you could make but there
were far better players on the board at No. 11. Te'o and Allen are good fits
for what Mike McCoy is building. Te'o figures to fit in nicely next to rangy
playmaker Donald Butler in the 3-4, while Allen should be an impact possession
receiver for new offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
FINAL GRADE: B-
Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Central Michigan S Jahleel Addae;
Virginia Tech T Nick Becton; Towson LB Frank Beltre; Kansas DB Greg Brown;
Nebraska TE Ben Colton; Wisconsin DB Marcus Cromartie; Sierra College WR
Courtney Gardner; Georgia NT Kwame Geathers; Missouri Western RB Michael Hill;
South Carolina NT Byron Jerideau; Purdue DB Josh Johnson; Vanderbilt P Richard
Kent; Oklahoma DE Jamarkus McFarland; Toledo LB Daniel Molls; Texas DE Brandon
Moore; Wake Forest DB Kenny Okoro; Missouri State T Randy Richards; Utah TE
David Rolf; Cornell WR Luke Tasker; Southeastern Louisiana LB Devan Walker
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