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AFC West off-season review

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, May 15, 2007.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    With the NFL Draft over, it's time to take a look at how each team approached its off-season, continuing with the AFC West.

    San Diego Chargers
    Draft review


    No general manager has a more impressive draft-day résumé than the Chargers' A.J. Smith, but he's been questioned for the way he handled this year's draft. First-round pick Craig Davis, a wide receiver out of LSU, wasn't seen as a first-round pick in the eyes of most analysts, and it seems safe to say that the local fans would have preferred USC's Dwayne Jarrett. And Smith traded a lot (a second-round pick, two third-round picks, and a fifth-round pick) so that he could select safety Eric Weddle of Utah in the second round. Given Smith's track record, he probably knew what he was doing on those choices, but it's hard not to question him for the time being.

    Smith's later picks look solid: Fourth-round pick Scott Chandler of Iowa can run, block, and catch, and he has the potential to team with Antonio Gates and give the Chargers a lot of options with two tight ends on the field. Inside linebackers Anthony Waters, a third-round pick out of Clemson, and Brandon Siler, a seventh-round pick out of Florida, will both get a shot at becoming Donnie Edwards' replacement.

    Remaining needs

    San Diego's roster is so stacked that it didn't have many needs in the first place, but some added depth for the defensive line of new coordinator Ted Cottrell would have been helpful, and the Chargers didn't draft any defensive linemen.

    Undrafted free agents

    The Chargers added 22 undrafted players. San Diego State's Antwan Applewhite, who was a 4-3 defensive end in college but will play 3-4 outside linebacker for the Chargers, looks like one who could make the roster as a special teamer and eventually earn playing time on defense. Applewhite is a good athlete and a good pass rusher. Barry Cryer of Nebraska was overshadowed by linemates Adam Carriker (drafted in the first round by St. Louis) and Jay Moore (drafted in the fourth round by San Francisco), but he looks like a good bet to move from 4-3 defensive tackle to 3-4 defensive end and has a fair chance of making the Chargers.

    When looking at undrafted free agents, Smith seems to like players who have a connection to the team. That's why Baylor cornerback Anthony Airline is a logical fit: When Airline was at Baylor, Chargers secondary coach Bill Bradley was Baylor's defensive coordinator.
     
  2. foober

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    Someone ought to find that article about never betting against A.j.. It was written about 3 months ago. The guy had it right.
     
  3. LFEpooh124

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    touche!
     
  4. MtlBoltsFan

    MtlBoltsFan Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern 2016

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    Craig Davis > Calvin Johnson :icon_shrug:
     
  5. Buck Melanoma

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    Now THAT might be a stretch. But I like your optimism!! :yes:
     
  6. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    Every year people doubt AJ's picks only to get owned in the process.
     
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  7. PhillyChargerFan

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    I'm an AJ fan, but looking at this objectively, how can you question the man on draftday??? I don't think I can name another GM in league HISTORY who is a better talent evaluator :yes: :tup:
     
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    :unsure:
     
  9. PhilipRivers#1

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    AJ has his own grading system.

    He doesn't care what a bunch of sportswriters think. :yes:
     
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  10. LFEpooh124

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    exactly, there's a reason why AJ's a GM while Mel Griper and Co are just analysts.

    indeed... buster > cj is a little farfetched.
    but... buster > rice, meachem, jarrett, bowe :tup:
     
  11. Zeus

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    Agreed if these guys were such great analysts then they would have a job scouting, or at least GMs and others would listen to them.

    Look they don't do even 1/10th the research NFL football teams do, or at least are suppose to. They have experts and information these analysts don't get. They do it for a leaving and are trained. Sportwriters are not.

    Some of the top busts in the NFL draft were glorified by the sportscasters. Teams that put a lot of weight on who they draft based on them will end up with some busts.
     

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