The Chargers signed Terrence Kiel, a strong safety out of Texas A&M, today to a six year deal.
Kiel was chosen in the second round with the 62nd pick overall and was the third defensive back in a row chosen by the Chargers in the 2003 NFL draft.
Just a few short weeks ago, Kiel was shot three times in an attempted carjacking at Sharpstown Mall in Houston. Kiel managed to escape the ordeal with mostly flesh wounds, although a bullet was still lodged in his abdomen. Later it was discovered that Kiel had a fractured left fibula. Kiel had surgery to remove the bullet and is now resting his fractured fibula. He was expected to miss 4-6 weeks which could push him practicing until late in training camp or beyond.
The Chargers showed good faith in negotiations to get Kiel in on time. Kiel is the last of the Chargers draft picks to sign.
Kiel led the Aggies in tackles the last two years. He finished his career with 254 tackles (179 solos), 2 sacks, 8 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 8 interceptions, 13 pass deflections and a forced fumble while starting 30 of 45 games in his four years with the varsity.
Started his senior year at strong safety, leading the team for the second straight year with a career-high 96 tackles (63 solos), including 1½ sacks for minus-17 yards and 4 stops for losses of 28 yards. He deflected 6 passes and intercepted three others for 19 yards in returns, while adding a caused fumble and a quarterback pressure.
Kiel played with the starting unit during spring drills and was expected to compete for the starting role once the season began. His recovery could put that in jeopardy.
"As spring practice wore on, Kiel became more comfortable at safety," said Denis Savage. "His reads were progressing and Kiel was taking on a leadership role in directing traffic. That occurred at the same time Kwamie Lassiter arrived. Kiel had some trouble diagnosing running plays, but looked solid as the deep man back covering a lot of ground.
Chargers Update Scouting Report
Chargers Update had Kiel tabbed as a third round pick.
Kiel is a traditional strong safety in the sense that he is best with receivers in front of him and reacted to the play as it happens. He is quick to the ball, showing a good burst to close, and excels in run support. Kiel is a very solid tackler and shows a knack for stripping the ball away while making sure he has his man wrapped up. He can be used effectively as a blitzer and hides his intentions well.
Kiel will sometimes have a tough time staying with his man in one-on-one situations. He does not have great sideline to sideline speed and will sometimes appear undisciplined.
Kiel Agrees to Six Year Deal
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