2011 NFL Draft - San Diego Chargers
Illinois DT Corey Liuget
Illinois DT Corey Liuget
Posted Apr 30, 2011

San Diego Chargers - AFC West, 2011 Draft Selections & Prospects

San Diego Chargers

2011 NFL Draft Analysis
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2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay 

- 2010 San Diego Draft Breakdown

First Round
DT Corey Liuget, Illinois
6-2, 298
Overall Pick No. 18 CFN Overall Ranking: 14

The Chargers could've used a pass rusher to start making the defense more disruptive – thanks Larry English for busting so far – but Liuget is a terrific interior presence who should get into the backfield from the interior. He's not Nick Fairley, but he's not all that far off and he doesn't have the character issues. While he's not all that big, he's a mauler who'll be a key replacement for Jamal Williams.

CFN Analysis While he might be a bit undersized, he's extremely strong and became ultra-athletic after getting in better shape. Bulk is sort of his issue. He was too big in a bad way a few years ago, and then he worked on his body-type, got rid of most of his bad weight, and became a star. When he's on, he's a game-changer who can dominate in the backfield and can be strong against the run in a true anchor sort of way. An almost ideal 3-technique defender, he'll shoot the gap and he'll sit on quarterbacks' heads on a regular basis if he's surrounded by a few big-bodied rocks. With his ability to play anywhere on a defensive front, he'll be a coach's dream; he can fit in any scheme.
CFN Projection: Second Round
Second Round    
CB Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson (FS) 5-10, 195
Overall Pick No. 50 CFN Overall Ranking: 206

Oh you wacky Chargers. After moving heaven and earth to get Eric Weddle, now he might not be a part of the mix next year and Gilchrist is brought in to work as a possible safety or could work at corner. He's not huge, but he's very versatile and he'll likely end up working at free safety in the Charger D, but it's a reach. He's very strong and a good guy, but he's a plugger, not a flashy star.

CFN Analysis: A high-riser after a strong Combine, he can be used as a safety or a corner. Versatile is more of the right term for him than a tweener, but he doesn't quite have the raw wheels to be a starting cover-corner and he doesn't have the size to be a thumper of a safety. With 26 reps on the bench and 173 tackles over the last two seasons, he's strong and productive, and he's always going full-tilt with a great motor. Willing to do whatever it takes, he's extremely coachable and he's always bringing the A effort. Now someone has to figure out where he can play.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round  

Second Round
OLB Jonas Mouton, Michigan 6-1, 229
Overall Pick No. 61 CFN Overall Ranking: 25th OLB

Awful pick. Simply awful. He's ultra-athletic, but he's a special teamer right away and is hardly the type of player to stick on a defense right away. The Chargers are always trying a bit too hard to make a reach, and Mouton could've easily have been taken much, much later. If someone else took him, it wouldn't matter. It'll be a shock if he's a good starter.

CFN Analysis: A good athlete on the field, he didn't time well and he didn't lift at the Combine and was a disaster at the Senior Bowl. It was said that it was like he was trying to turn off teams with his personality, and that, combined with his lack of size, will make him a risky player to hang around a camp until the final cut. He's great in pass coverage and he moves well when he has to stay with the quicker players, but he's not tough enough to be a starting linebacker.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Third Round   
WR Vincent Brown, San Diego State 5-11, 187
Overall Pick No. 82 CFN Overall Ranking: 97

He doesn't have to move far. A tremendous route runner with great hands, he could very earily be a No. 1 target for Phil Rivers. He'll never burn anyone deep, but he's strong, talented, and is a far better football player than a workout warrior. After a great off-season, he became the target that everyone talked about wanting to have, but no one was going to pay for him. If San Diego didn't take him here, he would've been gone soon after.

CFN Analysis: It would be nice if he was bigger and it would be wonderful if he wasn't glacier-slow, but he's functionally fast and didn't seem to have a problem coming up with the big play. Awesome during Senior Bowl week, he ripped up the next-level defensive backs and caught everything that came his way. He could be an ultra-reliable third down receiver who runs perfect routes and is as reliable as they come. He'll become a quarterback's best friend.
CFN Projection:
Fourth Round

Third Round   
CB Shareece Wright, USC 5-11, 185
Overall Pick No. 89 CFN Overall Ranking: 154

The Chargers made some curious picks in this draft, but Wright is a chance on greatness that makes sense here. Very fast with a world of upside, he had a great senior season and looked the part throughout last year, and he has the right tools, but he has to prove he can be consistent and has to prove he can hold up. The Charger secondary needs playmakers, and at the very least, Wright can move.

CFN Analysis: Can he hold up? Fast, he came up with a 4.46 at the Combine and he was solid during the drills, but he's only a few years removed from a broken neck and he missed almost all of 2009 with academic issues. A one-year wonder, he came up with a strong senior year with 73 tackles, but he never lived up to the hype coming out of high school. He has the raw tools to be fantastic with a little bit of time, but he's a better athlete than a football player. He needs a ton of technique work and has to show he can make things happen with the ball is in the air, but with his speed and his motor he should be a nice backup who sees time in nickel situations.
CFN Projection: Third Round  

Sixth Round   
RB Jordan Todman, Connecticut 5-9, 203 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 183 CFN Overall Ranking: 78

CFN Analysis: Tough as nails, the guy took a huge beating over the course of his career as the lone offensive weapon and a one-track UConn attack. While he ran with great power and isn't afraid to get his nose dirty, he opened eyes with his terrific timed speed in workouts, hovering around the 4.4 mark. He's not going to be able to shove anyone around in the NFL like he did in the Big East, and he's not all that big, but he cuts well, won't back down from an assignment, and is a high-character player who'll be easily coachable.
CFN Projection: Third Round  

Sixth Round
Overall Pick No. 201  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
OT Stephen Schilling, Michigan (OT) 6-4, 308
Versatile, he moves well for a guard and is just athletic enough to get a look at tackle. He's a leader and has the raw strength needed to handle himself against an NFL lineman, but he doesn't bring the power he should considering what he can do in the weight room. The NFL skills aren't there, and it showed in Senior Bowl practices.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round   
LB Andrew Gachkar, Missouri  6-2, 231
Overall Pick No. 234   CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: A tough run stuffing linebacker for the interior, he makes plays as long as they're funneled his way. He's not an athlete and he's not going to be a pass rusher in any way, but he could have some worth as a No. 2 inside linebacker and occasional fill-in in the middle. If he's not a top special teamer, he'll be gone in a hurry.
CFN Projection: Free Agent