Introducing the Top Three Draft Picks

"We have had an exciting couple of days and put a lot of effort into this as every club does. The scouts have done a terrific job here," Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer said as he was about to introduce his new toys from Day one of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Three new members of a revamped secondary join the Chargers and were officially introduced on Sunday. A new era after having the 32nd ranked pass defense, last in the NFL, has just begun and the unfortunate part is fans will have to wait until pre-season to see it take flight.

"Sammy Davis from Texas A&M University is an outstanding player who has the qualities we are looking for in his ability to play tight man-to-man coverage, bump-and-run and he is also a very fine tackler," Schottenheimer said.

"Now a San Diego Charger, Sammy Davis."

"Thank you, I would like to thank the Chargers staff for believing in me and drafting me in the first round. Just giving me the chance to show my abilities on the field, I just hope I can come in and be competitive and try and do whatever it takes to help the team win.

Davis sounded excited about the prospects of the Chargers for the future but expects he will have to work hard to be considered for the starting job.

"We are a young team on both sides of the ball, a lot of talent, a lot of great athletes," Davis said.

"I will come in and put my best foot forward and if it leads to a starting job I will be grateful. I am looking forward to just coming in and learning the playbook."

"The next young man Drayton Florence, who we selected with the first pick in the second round," Schottenheimer began, "an outstanding young man with excellent cover skills and exceptional tackling skills. Those were qualities we were looking for in each of them. Drayton you have the microphone."

Florence endeared himself immediately to fans and teammates with his first comments.

"I would like to thank the staff, coach Schottenheimer for trusting me, giving me the opportunity to come out here and be a Charger and go to the Super Bowl."

Remaining cautious with his approach and cognizant of his past behind Florence is ready to move on after shaking off some nerves.

"Buddy Nix visited me twice down in Tuskegee, so I was grateful for the opportunity. I was shocked and surprised and nervous, all that in one. It felt like Christmas to me.

"I think my man-to-man skills, press, bump-and-run, playing the ball while it is in the air, just try and take my receiver out of the game and give the defensive coordinator the ability to do a lot of things up front. Working on my off-man technique is what I will be working on this summer.

"I am taking it all in stride, stay humble, keep an even keel and just do what I have been doing up until this point."

"The next young man also a second round draft choice, Terrence Kiel brings not only skills to this position but he also brings a personality," Schottenheimer said. "He is a very aggressive, physical player with outstanding ability to tackle which I think is something that is very important to us. Has a chance to speak with RC Slocum who coached these two young men, Sammy and Terrence, as recently as Friday and he heartily endorsed both of them not only as football players, but also as people. Terrence Kiel a San Diego Charger."

"Thank you coach Schottenheimer and staff for having faith in me. Just having this opportunity in the NFL is indescribable," Kiel said.

There is a comfort level brought upon by having former Aggie teammate Sammy Davis with him in San Diego and he acknowledged that.

"Who was the guy I would take with me (to San Diego), if I had a chance, that would be Sammy, it's a continuation from college," said Kiel.

"I think we are going to be something special because we are all young guys with a tremendous amount of talent. It is something to look forward to, a great opportunity."

Schottenheimer summed it up with each of these talented young men when he talked about their ability to cover, and tackle well. Three players who fit the Chargers defensive scheme perfectly and fans hope Christmas continues enough to make Florence's words come true with the deliverance of a Super Bowl.

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