Pinnock Lands Three Year Deal

The San Diego Chargers completed a deal with Andrew Pinnock, a 7th round pick out of South Carolina. The deal will span three years and financial details were not immediately available. Pinnock becomes the first Chargers 2003 Draft pick to sign <b>(complete write-up on Pinnock plus surprises.)</b> ...

Picked with the 229th overall selection in the 2003 NFL Draft, Pinnock has been a jewel in camp and some fans are already clamoring he may be the steal of the draft.

Pinnock finished his collegiate career tied with Duce Staley (1995-96) for 14th on the school's career-record list with 1852 yards on 422 carries (4.4 avg). His 27 touchdowns on the ground rank fourth on South Carolina's all-time record chart. He added 185 yards on 28 receptions (6.6 avg).

He started every game as a senior, except vs. Temple, finishing second on the team with 563 yards and five touchdowns on 124 carries (4.5 avg).

Pinnock was selected primarily because of his ability to play both running back and fullback. At 5-10 and 260 pounds, he has the size and skill to help the Chargers third down efficiency in the coming season. The Chargers converted just 37% of their third down attempts last season and were dreadful in short yardage situations.

Pinnock, who is not known for his hands, performed well in the recent Mini-Camp and did just as well in OTA's. He was putting on a show out there and catching anything thrown his way.

Denis Savage of, who has been watching Pinnock practice over the last month during OTA's and Mini Camps, had this to say about him: "Pinnock showed me he is not afraid of contact by drilling anyone who got in his way and he has shown good hands out of the backfield. I was actually surprised since he only added five catches as a junior and 16 as a senior.

"What was more impressive was his concentration. A number of times linebackers were in tight coverage on him, but Pinnock somehow always seemed to come away with the ball. I think he may be the guy we have been waiting for to be an unsung hero in short yardage."

When pressed further Savage said with finality, "Say your good byes to Joey Goodspeed if you have not done so."

"He has the flexibility to play both, which is why he was so intriguing," said AJ Smith after the Draft. "He's a big guy and very athletic, so he's not just locked into playing fullback. He can go back and forth, which is why we pulled the trigger."

Chargers Update Scouting Report:

CU had Pinnock tabbed as a 6th round pick.

He was benched during his senior season for fumbling problems otherwise he would have been ranked much higher. He never took his blocking seriously at South Carolina and that unwillingness also hurt his stock. It could be that his maturity is lacking.

Is a tackle breaker who has great size and surprising agility. He can carry a pile of defenders and gain those extra yards. Rarely is he tackled in the backfield and he shows good vision looking for the open hole. His balance allows him to shake defenders and keep his feet in traffic.

Pinnock squares his shoulders when moving forward and if he took his blocking as seriously as his running he would be punishing as a lead back. His versatility to play both spots in the backfield adds to his value.

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