Scouting Report: CB Marcus Gilchrist

The San Diego Chargers plucked Clemson corner Marcus Gilchrist with the first of their two second-round picks. For more on the newest member of the secondary, we solicited an inside scouting report from Roy Philpott, the publisher of

The Chargers selected Marcus Gilchrist with the 50th overall pick in the NFL Draft. The 5-foot-10, 193-lb. cornerback finished his Clemson career with 190 tackles, two forced fumbles and a pick. He led the Tigers with 10 pass break-ups as a senior.

Gilchrist is a physical defender who can knock players off balance at the line of scrimmage or come up to defend against the run. He showed his strength during the NFL Combine when he turned heads by posting 26 reps of the 225-lb. bench press.

He also has experience as a returner, something that may prove handy if incumbent return man Darren Sproles departs as a free agent.

For more on Gilchrist, we check in with Roy Philpott, pubslisher of

"The first thing that has to be noted about Gilchrist is his versatility. He was used at safety, corner and as a nickelback in Clemson's defense the last two seasons. He was often referred to by Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele as his 'quarterback,' so you know he gets it.

"Gilchrist is solid in coverage situations, has tremendous instincts as a returner and is decent in run support.

"But again, the key is his versatility. You can ask him to do many things and he'll be both mentally and physically capable of doing whatever it is you want him to do.

"He's not great in one particular area but he's a very cerebral player with a good work ethic. Combine those to attributes with good athletic ability and speed he should be in the league for years to come."

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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 16 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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