The San Diego Chargers had an excellent first 2 days of the 2013 NFL Draft, grabbing offensive lineman D.J. Fluker in the first round, All-American linebacker and Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te’O, and wide receiver Keenan Allen in the third. Just how did the Chargers do in the final day of the draft?
San Diego had no 4th round pick so their first pick Saturday was the overall 145th. They selected former California cornerback Steve Williams. He is an undersized corner, only standing 5’9″, 181 pounds. He had a good 2012 season, earning All-Pac 12 honorable mention. This pick looks to be an effort to add depth to the secondary as his lack of size may hinder Williams as an every down starter.
In the 6th round, with the 179th overall pick, San Diego went with another Williams, 6’3″, 260 defensive end Tourek Williams, from Florida International. Again, this Williams is slightly undersized and according to the scouting report at NFL.com, projects to be a situational pass rusher.
Sun Belt coaches named him an all-conference selection the past three years. He has good speed around the edge, and great short area burst, but he has short arms, and doesn’t use his hands all that well. As of right now, he best projects as a situational pass rushing 4-3 defensive end.
With their final pick, the 221st overall, the Chargers went with Southern Utah quarterback Brad Sorensen. His scouting report from NFL.com doesn’t indicate he can be anything more than a career clipboard holder in the NFL.
An older prospects who served a Mormon mission after high school, Sorensen played one year of junior college before walking on at BYU, then transferring to SUU when it looked like his playing time in Provo would be limited. The 2011 Great West Offensive Player of the Year has the NFL size and arm to earn himself a late-round grade as a he fights for a spot on a team.
After a terrific first two days of the draft, I thought the Chargers did just fine on day 3. Both Williams’ and Sorensen all have a chance to make the team, especially Steve Williams, who could contribute in some coverages immediately. While many may disagree over Te’O’s selection, he was considered a top 10 pick just a few months ago. I think the Chargers had a solid draft. I give them an A- for their efforts.