Post-Draft Review: San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers are a solid team, so they didn't have many pre-draft needs. One of them, running back, had to be addressed early. They addressed that position in a big way.

Pre-Draft Needs: RB, NT, DE
 

Players Added

Round 1-Ryan Mathews/RB - Mathews was seen as perhaps the best feature back available for the 2010 NFL Draft. They paid a hefty price to get him, but Mathews will come in right away and start. The coaches will use veteran RB Darren Sproles as a change of pace. Mathews will be the long-term replacement for veteran LaDainian Tomlinson.


Round 3-Donald Butler/LB - Butler is capable of playing inside or outside, but figures to play inside for San Diego's 3-4 scheme. He offers the ability to make plays against the run, while having the talent to rush the passer from an inside position.


Round 4-Darrell Stuckey/S - He has a legitimate shot to make the team as their fourth safety while he competes for playing time on special teams.


Round 5-Cam Thomas/DT - Thomas has tremendous upside and should get into their rotation at NT right away. Despite being a last day selection, Thomas could make an impact as a rookie. Some see him as the long-term replacement for former starter Jamal Williams.


Round 5-Jonathan Crompton/QB - While Crompton was seen by many personnel evaluators as one of the top sleepers available for the draft at the quarterback position, the best he could hope for down the line is to be backup for starter Philip Rivers.


Round 7-Dedrick Epps/TE - He has a realistic shot to compete for the No. 3 role at this position as a rookie.


Post-Draft Needs


Defensive End - The Chargers have been looking to either upgrade at RDE or at least get some competition for veteran Jacques Cesaire. That still remains an issue through the draft.


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