Charger Drayton Florence Signs Five Year Deal

The San Diego Chargers have signed second round pick Drayton Florence, a cornerback out of Tuskegee, to a five year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.

The Chargers signed Drayton Florence, a cornerback out of Tuskegee, today. Florence signs just in time for camp, set to begin July 23rd in Carson.

Kenny Williams of Chargers Update spoke with Wesley Spencer, the agent for Drayton Florence earlier today. Spencer confirmed Florence was on a plane to San Diego, would be in camp on time, and had agreed in principle to a deal that was "very fair". Florence was chosen in the second round with the 46th pick overall and became the second cornerback in a row chosen by the Chargers in the 2003 NFL draft.

The four-year starter collected 161 tackles (116 solos) with 10 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 13 interceptions for 258 yards in returns, 32 pass deflections and 3 fumble recoveries in 44 collegiate games. Florence collected 74 tackles (51 solos) with 23 pass breakups, 6 stops for losses and 9 interceptions for 251 yards in returns during his two years at Tuskegee.

Florence is expected to pay immediate dividends as a nickel back and was chosen because of his strength in bump and run situations.

Drayton Florence started all year at left cornerback as a senior, recording 43 tackles (31 solos) with a 4 stops for losses of 9 yards. He also added a team-high 15 pass deflections and intercepted 5 others for 177 yards in returns, while twice being named SIAC Player of the Week.

"Drayton Florence had the best spring of any member of the secondary," said Denis Savage. "He was aggressive, strong against both pass recognition and run support and got his hands on more balls than any other defensive back. As long as he continues to make his safeties aware of his breaks on the ball so they can cover the top of him, he will make tons of plays without paying for it with big gains against."

"He will win anyone's eye ball test," said Tuskegee defensive coordinator Gregory Green. "He is a big corner and fast. And he picks up on things very well. Alls he need now is to be taught those special techniques to take him to the next level."

Dralinn Burks was released to make room for Florence.

Chargers Update Scouting Report

Chargers Update had Florence tabbed as a late second/early third round pick and all indications before the draft led us to believe he would be a San Diego Charger at some point.

Despite playing at a small school, Florence showed he is a big time player. He has excellent hands and is always around the ball in pass coverage. His aggressive style of play leads to big plays, including three interceptions he returned for touchdowns. Florence has great vision and during OTA's did not get beat often. He is physical while the ball is in the air and offers great body positioning. He understands where his teammates will be and will play over a man to compensate for risks his teammates make.

Florence gets up high in his vertical jumps and times his jumps well to be at the top of his climb. He is a fair tackler but needs to work on his strength and reaction time on running plays.

Occasionally his aggressive style will get him beat on double moves. Florence tries to anticipate the action and will bite on such moves, leaving a safety to cover for his mistakes. He also will take a peak into the backfield to eye the quarterback allowing receivers to get past him.

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