2013 NFL Draft - San Diego Chargers

Posted Apr 28, 2013

San Diego Chargers - AFC West, 2013 Draft Selections & Prospects

San Diego Chargers

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas City |  Oakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2013 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    
- 2012 San Diego Draft Breakdown
- 2011 San Diego Draft Breakdown
- 2010 San Diego Draft Breakdown


OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
(Jr.) 6-4, 339
Overall Pick No. 11 CFN Position Rank: 4

CFN Analysis: If San Diego wants to run the ball and blast away, it has its man. While he might not be the type to protect Phil Rivers' blindside against the top speed rushers, he can be a power blocker who's perfect for the Chargers' right side. He can be tried out on the left side for a line that needs a ton of help, and he was a need pick taken at a great time.

Unlike most of the other top tackles, Fluker is a blow up blocker with immense size and destructive abilities as a run blocker. Even though he's big – too big – he moves well for his size and throws his man around like a rag doll when he locks on. Now he has to make sure he doesn't get too big, able to balloon up to well over 350 pounds if he looks at a double cheeseburger the wrong way. While he's going to be used as a tackle, he can't play on the left side and has a long future as a guard, he'll be great for a mashing ground attack with good upside for decent passing games. Don't be shocked if the team that drafts him claims he was its top tackle on the board – and don't be shocked if it's for real.
CFN Projection: First Round


ILB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame 6-1, 241
Overall Pick No.38 CFN Position Rank: 3
Improving year after year, it's possible to see the progression in his game after coming to Notre Dame as a huge recruit and getting better and better as he went on. The time on the field improved his instincts and his vision, taking fewer wasted steps last season and sniffing around the ball a lot better leading to interceptions and making big plays and big hits at the right time. While he's going to be a circus sideshow for a while because of everything that happened, he's a leader who should put up big numbers when plays are funneled his way, and despite the BCS Championship fiasco, he's good enough in the open field to get by and won't miss a stop. He'll be a good pro, but not an elite one, missing the raw tools and with a rock-hard ceiling that will be tough to break through. A painful prisoner of inertia, he's not fast, not quick and not athletic with no ability whatsoever to cut or adjust against anyone who makes a cut or a speed move. While he'll be a steady starter, and most teams and GMs are saying the same thing about not caring about his bizarre story, it's an issue. While no one thinks he's a bad guy, the entire situation and how it was handled was still really, really weird.
CFN Projection: First Round


WR Keenan Allen, California (Jr.) 6-2, 206
Overall Pick No. 76 CFN Position Rank: 3
It would be nice if he was a little bit faster, but he's fast on the field and moves effortlessly with easy cutting ability and good straight-line speed when the ball is in the air. A fighter, he'll go after a ball and isn't afraid to shove someone around to make a play. The raw speed isn't there to take the top off a defense, and he might turn into more of a possession target if he can't stay healthy – there were leg problems at the end of last season – but there's still a lot to get excited about. If he can regain his sophomore year production and upside, and if he can get past knee and ankle injuries, he'll be a sure thing in the slot.
CFN Projection: Second Round


CB Steve Williams, California (Jr.) 5-9, 181
Overall Pick No. 145 CFN Position Rank: 19
Really, really fast, he blazed away a 4.36 this offseason to go along with excellent cut-on-a-dime quickness. Smooth, he looks and plays like an NFL corner and won't back down against the run. A good tackler for his size, he'll never blow anyone up, but he'll get his man down. The size is a factor and loses too many 50/50 balls, but he can be a great part to the defensive backfield puzzle with the raw athleticism to be put on an island or be used as a nickel and dime defender. Players with his speed tend to find starting roles somewhere.
CFN Projection: Third Round


DE Tourek Williams, FIU 6-3 260
Overall Pick No. 179 CFN Position Rank: 18
Really, really fast, he has terrific straight-line speed with a great motor and desire to make plays. A great leader and well respected, he's the type of playmaker who others follow by example, and he delivers on the field. He's not going to hold up against the run and he's going to be a specialist as either a 4-3 end or an outside linebacker, but he could be a terror with his fight and burst. He might only be a one down defender, but there's a chance to be devastating on that play.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

QB Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah 6-4, 229
Overall Pick No. 221 CFN Position Rank: 11
If he went to Utah instead of Southern Utah, he'd be a bigger name. The former BYU Cougar transferred out and put up nice numbers at the lower level, improving and tweaking his skills. He looks the part with great size, and live arm and smarts to get by, he can make all the throws and is fantastic in drills when he gets a chance to unleash his passes. Ready to go, he can be an instant leader who'll do whatever is needed to be a part of an offense and grow into a role, even if it's a backup early on. However, he's more of a prospect than a football player with marginal talent and average production against the better teams. He needs work on his motion and he has yet to show much in the offseason process to show the potential to be an NFL starter. However, players with his arm and size get long looks.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round