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Crompton eager to learn as Bolts’ No. 3 QB

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  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Crompton eager to learn as Bolts’ No. 3 QB

    By Nick Canepa, UNION-TRIBUNE COLUMNIST



    Jonathan David Crompton has the right attitude. Being a No. 3 quarterback in the NFL isn’t a bad gig. You make good money just to pay attention and act serious on the sideline. You’re a groin pull away from No. 2. And, with a little luck, you can be Charlie Whitehurst when you grow up.
    When the Chargers bamboozled Seattle, sending No. 3 quarterback Whitehurst — who had never thrown a pass in a real professional football game (but held a mean clipboard) — to the Seahawks in exchange for far too much loot, San Diego General Manager A.J. Smith admitted right away he would be looking to draft another backup QB.
    And so, with the 168th selection (fifth round) of last month’s draft, Smith called on Crompton, quarterback, University of Tennessee, where he wasn’t exactly a favorite among the 100,000-plus Vols fans who roll into Neyland Stadium on Saturdays.
    Recruited out of North Carolina, Crompton had been maligned, but there were circumstances — four offensive coordinators in four years, and a change at head coach from Phil Fulmer, who recruited him, to Lane Kiffin, who actually helped improve Crompton’s résumé.
    But despite having a strong second half, the 6-foot-4, 228-pound Crompton, who would throw for 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2009, didn’t tug the heartstrings of NFL scouts. He wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. My Pro Football Weekly Draft Guide lists 25 quarterbacks. Crompton’s name isn’t among them.
    “It happens to everybody,” Crompton said with a shrug Friday in between the team’s first rookie orientation sessions at Chargers Park. “No place is perfect. It’s part of the game of football and the game of life.
    “I enjoyed my time at Tennessee. I fought through it. Now, I’m really looking forward to being here and learning from some good people.”
    Crompton wasn’t enthusiastic talking about his days at Tennessee, where he actually graduated a year and a half ago and is close to getting his master’s degree (“I figured I might as well load up and get it done; they’re paying for it”), probably for good reason. It didn’t exactly go the way he planned when he came out of Tuscola (N.C.) High as one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in the country.
    “I like Coach Kiffin,” he said of the man who bailed out of Tennessee after one season for USC. “We still talk. He’s a good person to have on your side. He did a lot for me and the program.”
    Crompton obviously didn’t fly under the radar of Chargers head coach Norv Turner. Say all you want about Norv — and you have and you will — there aren’t many people on earth who know the quarterback position better than he does.
    “All these kids have stories,” Smith said. “It’s not always smooth sailing. This is a kid who has a lot of upside and enough of a body of work that we liked. What’s he going to do here? That’s not my concern. My concern is getting the best football players we can and lining them up three-deep.
    “In this particular case, I had feelings about him and so did (quarterbacks coach) John Ramsdell and Coach Turner, and now he’s here. Coach and I talk about everything, and that’s a pleasure for me. You’ve got to have that to win in this league.”
    When that 168th pick came around, there were other quarterbacks to be had (“We had a handful of guys we were looking at,” Smith said). Crompton was chosen, with Turner’s blessing (“Absolutely,” Smith said). When Smith has one of the game’s leading quarterback experts sitting in the war room, he isn’t going to throw darts at the board and guess.
    “He obviously has good size and just watch him throw,” Turner said. “He can get the ball up the field. He’s accurate and he gets the ball out quickly, which is something we like. He has upside.
    “He had four different coordinators at Tennessee. They got on him pretty hard there; he got hate mail. But he fought through it. He played his best football the last six or seven games of his career. His play is comparable to guys who went ahead of him in the draft.
    “He has time to learn here. A lot of people think a No. 3 isn’t going to play, but you never know, and he’s been in the big arena. They say he’s behind because he’s been exposed to so many things, but he’s not behind. He got good at things they did, and he can grow.”
    It must happen. Who this far south of Seattle boss Pete Carroll could have thought Whitehurst had grown while basically doing nothing? But apparently you can get things done quietly listening to those coaches and No. 1 quarterback Philip Rivers and No. 2 Billy Volek.
    “I’m excited to be here,” Crompton said. “When something like that happens (to Whitehurst), it’s encouraging. I get to learn from Philip and Billy and Coach Turner and Ramsdell. I’m going to soak up everything.
    “This is my job. It’s like every other job in the world.”
    Well, not quite. No. 3 is one of the greatest jobs in the world.
     
  2. WonderSlug

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    Note to Crompton:

    Grow a beard and your hair long.

    Because right now, you are looking a little too much like Cutler:

    Crompton
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    Cutler
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  3. Chavez

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    Wow! That's pretty scary. Maybe we can trade Crompton to the Bears and they can put him on the field and tell everyone it's Cutler, while they have the real Cutler tied up in the locker room where he can't do any damage.
     
  4. Bergo23

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    I am excited to see #8 and how he develops. I remember thinking when AJ drafted Whitehurst in the 3rd "really" a QB in the third??? Of course that turned out pretty good for us, and EXTREMELY well for Charlie...I will be rooting for him in Seattle.

    I think the adversity Crompton faced at Tennessee will only help him. Plus he is from the South, so I am sure Phillip will take him under his golden Wing!!!

    Another great draft choice late by the Chargers, nothing new from Chargers Park under the AJ Smith Regime.

    Learning under Norv and Ramsdell and watching film with Phillip will prepare this kid for a future shot as an NFL starter, he has got to be pumped about the situation he plopped into.
     
  5. Nomadic Bolt Fan

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  6. Rainman

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    ACCCKKKK!!! What is it about QB's who attend colleges in Tennessee? :icon_eek:

    Just looking at the PHOTO of Crompton, I want to pimp-slap him! :tup:
     
  7. TheBeast

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    Jonathan "Clipboard" Crompton.

    Has a good ring to it..
     

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