The 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone, and now it’s time for some reflection. While some teams traded around to get who they want, others stood pat to see who would slide to them — and if there’s one thing to remember about this draft it’s players that slid around the rounds. But now that the draft is behind us, the all important grading phase has begun, so lets take a look at how the San Diego Chargers did in this year’s NFL Draft.
- DJ Fluker, offensive tackle, Alabama — Round 1 (11)
- Manti Te’o, linebacker, Notre Dame — Round 2 (38)
- Keenan Allen, wide receiver, Cal — Round 3 (76)
- Steve Williams, cornerback, Cal — Round 5 (145)
- Tourek Williams, defensive end, Florida International — Round 6 (179)
- Brad Sorensen, quarterback, Southern Utah — Round 7 (221)
Best Pick: Keenan Allen
All three of the Chargers first picks will eventually be starters and big-time players for the franchise, but the best value came in round three. Keenan Allen was considered by many to be a first-round talent until late in the draft process because of a slow forty-yard dash time. Thanks to the less than stellar time, Allen slipped right in to the Chargers laps. There are many who believed Allen had the talent of a top twenty player, so you can understand the type of value the team got with this selection.
Worst Pick: Brad Sorensen
There was no need to select Sorensen. With some of the other quarterbacks who were still on the board, they could have gone with a better option or simply passed on quarterback and added another talented player. Sorensen would have been available as an undrafted free agent, but they chose to pull the trigger. It’s a shame that this pick ruined an otherwise flawless class.
2013 Draft Grade: A-