Exclusive: David Reaves on Jonathan Crompton

The Chargers selected Jonathan Crompton ahead of more hyped prospects like Dan LeFevour and Tony Pike. What did GM A.J. Smith see in the Tennessee product? To find out, we chat in with Volunteers quarterbacks coach David Reaves.

The San Diego Chargers selected Jonathan Crompton in the fifth round and immediately penciled him into their vacant No. 3 QB position. Crompton, who last season completed 224 of 384 passes (58.3 percent) for 2,800 yards, 27 TDs and 13 INTs, replaces Charlie Whitehurst, who was traded to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Chargers would like Crompton to eventually supplant No. 2 QB Billy Volek, who enters the final year of his contract. Otherwise, he could be groomed into a valuable trade asset, similar to Whitehurst.

Can Crompton fulfill those expectations in San Diego? To find out, we check in with University of Tennessee quarterbacks coach David Reaves.

LaShana Marshburn: What was it like to coach Jonathan?

David Reaves: Jonathan is obviously a tremendous student of the game. He works hard off the field and in the classroom. He's always studying the game and just had a tremendous year for us [in 2009].

LM: He showed a lot of improvement as last season progressed. What must he do to continue that upward trend in the NFL?

  DR: He needs to keep building on what he did last year. He's such a hard worker. He's very serious about what he does, so I think if he just keeps working on his skills and working on his footwork, his technique and his reads, I think he can end up helping the Chargers organization.

LM: How did your program at Tennessee prepare him for the pros?

  DR: He played in the SEC, so obviously he played in front of the biggest crowds and he played against the best players, so the competition level he got playing in the SEC is second to none. I think playing in that conference is as close as any player is going to get to the speed of the NFL.

LM: Is there any one game from his college career that stands out to you above all the others?

  DR: He threw five TD passes in the season-opener (against Western Kentucky), but the Georgia game about halfway through the season -- when he was the national player of the week -- is when it really clicked for him. He just really took off during the second half of the season. He was leading the nation in TD passes with about three-quarters of the season finished. I think the Georgia game was when it clicked for him and we got a big win, 45-19.

  LM: What is it about his skill-set that makes him an intriguing pro prospect?

DR: He can make all the throws. He's a good athlete; he's smart; and he will do everything it takes to be successful in the NFL. I look for big things from him.

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