|1||30(30)||Sammy Davis||CB||Texas A&M|
|2||30(62)||Terrence Kiel||S||Texas A&M|
|4||15(112)||Matt Wilhelm||ILB||Ohio St.|
|5||14(149)||Mike Scifres||P||W. Illinois|
|7||15(229)||Andrew Pinnock||FB||South Carolina|
UDFA of Note: Rob Adamson/QB/Mount Union, Phil Bogle/G/New Haven,
Kevin Breedlove/G/Georgia, Dralinn Burks/ T/Kansas St., Jacques Cesaire/DE/South
Connecticut St., Greg Cole/LB/Kansas, Stephen Cooper/OLB/Maine, Dahrran Diedrick/RB/Nebraska,
Kris Dielman/DT/Indiana, Antonio Gates/TE/Kent St, Omari Hand/DE/Tennessee,
Antoineo Harris/RB/Illinois, Cedric Henry/CB/Michigan St, Mackenzie Hoambrecker/K/Northern
Iowa, Chad Killian/FB/Maryland, Jordan Kramer/OLB/Idaho, Tim Love/ DT/Harding,
Josh Lyman/WR/Utah, Nick Maddox/RB/Florida St, Grant Mattos/WR/USC, DeMarco
McCleskey/RB/Cincinnati, LaMarcus McDonald/LB/TCU, Kassim Osgood/WR/San Diego
St, Brian Sump/WR/Colorado Mines, Tony Terrell/G/UNLV, Alex Tuttle/T/Northwest
One big area of need was in the secondary and after trading down San Diego
made Sammy Davis their initial pick, once again taking another corner from the
state of Texas in round one. Davis is a solid cover-man with decent size and
abilities to play in several formations. He rebounded nicely after a poor
showing at the Senior Bowl and represented himself well at the combine. With a
good upside to his game, expect Davis to be starting early into his rookie
The next three picks, including a pair that were in the second round, were
reaches to our mind.
Drayton Florence passes the eyeball test and really looks the part. Though a
solid cover corner he lacks the dominance that warranted an early round pick
from a small school player. We do not think he is as good as former college
teammate Roosevelt Williams, taken in the third round of the 2002 draft by the
Bears, and his game needs a lot of work. After closely watching him at the
Senior Bowl and on film, we were surprised he went this high.
Another San Diego pick impressive to the eyeball, Terrence Kiel, was an
underachiever at Texas A&M and a defensive back that does not possess a feel
in pass coverage. While he is tough and physical against the run, Kiel's first
move is up the field and he is constantly being caught out of position in deep
coverage. Factor in a lack of pure instincts and you see where we are going.
Kiel will now be on the sidelines the next 4-to-6 weeks after surgery was
required to remove a bullet near his abdomen and fragments close to his knee
after he was the victim of a gunshot wound during an attempted carjacking.
Offensive line has been an area of major concern for the team; in fact, many
thought the franchise would address the position in round one. Though we think
Courtney Van Buren is a prospect with a good amount of upside, we did not figure
on him being a first day choice. Van Buren is a mammoth blocker and a good
athlete but needs a lot of work on his game.
Matt Wilhelm surprised many people during individual workouts, which improved
his draft rankings almost two rounds. His head for the game and appetite for
contact could help Wilhelm secure a place with the first team next season.
Punter Mike Scifres has a solid leg and his ability to directional kick could
help him stick on the final roster.
Hanik Milligan is big and knocks the socks off opponents with devastating
hits but is best in the box and a safety with very limited range and skills in
An offensive threat at fullback, Andrew Pinnock can be a devastating lead
blocker when he puts his mind to it as well as a dominant short yardage runner.
Highly rated coming into the season, a poor senior campaign coupled with a
seemingly unwillingness to cooperate in the post season knocked Pinnock to the
The franchise signed a ton of undrafted prospects concentrating on the
offensive line and in the defensive backfield. DeMarco McCleskey, LaMarcus
McDonald and Kassim Osgood, from none of the above positions, were all excellent
additions that could make the team.
Analysis: Marty Schottenheimer is known to like drafting defensive
backs, but he went overboard this time. This is the quintessential
Schottenheimer draft, and that is not good if you are a Charger fan. Schott can
coach, but his decisions on draft day are suspect. The late John Butler, a
stalwart in the personnel field, pieced together the makings of a solid
franchise and the team must now find someone to replace Butler.