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On second thought... Chargers keep Turner, get second-guessed for second-round trade

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  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    On second thought... Chargers keep Turner, get second-guessed for second-round trade

    SAN DIEGO -- It was supposed to be events involving Michael Turner that spiced up the Chargers' 2007 draft.

    Instead, it was a daring trade that put the team in position to draft Eric Weddle that heated up a Saturday afternoon at Chargers Park. The first three rounds ended with Turner still employed by the Chargers.

    Shortly after the Chargers selected LSU receiver Craig Davis late in the first round of the two-day NFL draft, the team traded three draft picks to swap positions in the second round with the Chicago Bears and select Weddle, a safety from Utah, with the 37th overall selection.


    The consensus view from television draft analysts was that the Chargers gave up too much to move up 25 spots in the draft and select Weddle. But that didn't affect the team's outlook that giving up two third-round picks (one this year, one next) and a fifth-round pick was the right thing to do.

    "He was high on our list from the start," assistant general manager Buddy Nix said. "We knew if we waited until the bottom of the second round, we wouldn't get him.

    "We were aggressive and moved up. We were not worried about what we gave up. We're worried about what we got, which is a good football player that will help us win."

    General manager A.J. Smith began looking for a way to trade up to get Weddle as soon as the club plucked Davis in the first round. He offered the same package to three other teams at the top of the second round before Chicago accepted the offer.

    "When you're sitting at the bottom, it's a long way to go," Smith said. "So you try to do something about it. This was an absolute targeted attack mode with a package that I thought would be very attractive for somebody, and obviously it was."

    The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Weddle was a do-it-all player at Utah. He was Mountain West Conference defensive player of the year each of the past two seasons. Last season, he intercepted seven passes, returning two for touchdowns. He also returned a fumble for a score. On offense, he accounted for six touchdowns (five rushing, one throwing) while seeing time at running back and quarterback.

    "It's a dream come true," said Weddle, who grew up in Rancho Cucamonga. "They gave up a lot to get me, and I'm going to try my hardest and prove they made the right decision."

    Davis was selected with the 30th overall pick. The Chargers also picked Clemson inside linebacker Anthony Waters in the third round. Waters tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Tigers' season-opening game and missed the rest of the season.

    The 6-1, 207-pound Davis was often overshadowed by teammate Dwayne Bowe, a receiver selected 23rd overall by Kansas City. He said he anticipated being picked by the Chargers because they were the only NFL team to bring him in for a pre-draft visit.

    Davis wasn't projected as a first-round draft pick.

    The New Orleans native said he understood why he wasn't on the first-round radar, but didn't think the forecasts were a knock of his talents.

    "I think the only reason people thought I would be a second to early third-round pick was because of injuries," said Davis, who suffered elbow, foot and knee injuries during his LSU career. "I think a lot of people realize the ability I have, and the injuries were the only question mark."

    Davis caught 56 passes for 836 yards and four touchdowns last season. His 141 career receptions rank seventh in LSU history.

    "We're just absolutely thrilled," Smith said of drafting Davis. "We're adding a weapon to the offense, and he's also a punt returner. We got two for the price of one."

    The high asking price for Turner, originally set as first- and third-round draft picks, prohibited the team from moving the productive backup running back.

    Buffalo backed off its interest in Turner recently -- the Bills selected California's Marshawn Lynch with the 12th overall selection -- but Tennessee was still aggressively pursuing him.

    Titans coach Jeff Fisher acknowledged to reporters in Tennessee that the two teams had discussions regarding the Titans' first-round pick (No. 19 overall) before Tennessee selected safety Michael Griffin. Fisher said the Chargers later increased their demand and the Titans backed off because they felt the price was too high.

    "I don't know where this goes now," Smith said after the team's third-round pick. "We were looking for a package that was advantageous to us. If it was advantageous for us, we would've executed it."

    Meanwhile, the Chargers hope Davis will give their receiving corps a boost. The team's two opening-game starting receivers last season -- Keenan McCardell and Eric Parker -- failed to catch a touchdown pass in 2006.

    McCardell was released last month.

    Weddle bolsters a safety position considered thin after the offseason release of Terrence Kiel. Marlon McCree, Bhawoh Jue and Clinton Hart were the team's only safeties.

    "There's going to be great competition for positions and for playing time," coach Norv Turner said. "He's a guy because of the intangibles and because of the maturity level and intelligence that he's certainly capable of competing for (a starting) position."

    The 6-3, 245-pound Waters was picked with the 96th overall pick, awarded to the team through the league's complicated compensation system. Waters was a starter as a sophomore and junior before suffering the knee injury.

    "I'm almost ready; I'm about 95 percent," said Waters of an injury that occurred when his foot stuck in the grass as he was about to make a tackle. "Right now, I'm feeling pretty good."

    -- Contact staff writer Mike Sullivan at (760) 739-6645 or msullivan@nctimes.com.

    CHARGERS' SELECTIONS

    CRAIG DAVIS - Round: First (30th pick)

    Position: WR

    Height: 6-foot-1

    Weight: 207 pounds

    College: LSU

    Quick look: Receiver timed in 4.37 seconds over 40 yards ranks seventh in LSU history with 141 career receptions.

    Bet you didn't know: Nicknamed Buster by his grandmother when he was about a week old, and the name stuck.

    Quote to note: "This is an explosive guy that's a big-play receiver," coach Norv Turner said. "We're going to throw him some 6-yard routes, and they're going to end up being 50-yard gains. I think he can have an immediate impact."

    ERIC WEDDLE

    Round: Second (37th pick)

    Position: S

    Height: 5-11

    Weight: 200

    College: Utah

    Quick look: Versatile defender can play any secondary position and had 18 career college interceptions.

    Bet you didn't know: He had four interceptions and scored three touchdowns (two on interceptions; one rushing) in two career games at Qualcomm Stadium against San Diego State.

    Quote to note: "I didn't really think they would jump up that high," Weddle said of the Chargers trading three draft picks to move up 25 spots in the second round. "I knew they liked me a lot. Once I realized that's what they were going to do, I was ecstatic about it."

    ANTHONY WATERS

    Round: Third (96th pick)

    Position: ILB

    Height: 6-3

    Weight: 245

    College: Clemson

    Quick look: Possible steal, since many teams shied away from him after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Tigers' season-opening game and missed the remainder of the 2006 season.

    Bet you didn't know: Terrorized the Atlantic Coast Conference as a junior by recording 13 1/2 tackles for losses and deflecting seven passes.

    Quote to note: "He's a guy that can give us some immediate help," assistant general manager Buddy Nix said. "He's healthy enough that Coach (Turner) will have him this weekend in minicamp."
     
  2. WonderSlug

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    On second thought... Chargers keep Turner, get second-guessed for second-round tr

    When Weddle starts making plays for us this season, and Chicago's picks they got this year from us don't do anything, there will be lots of crow to eat from the naysayers.
     
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    On second thought... Chargers keep Turner, get second-guessed for second-round tr

    I agree with you on that. :tup:
     
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    On second thought... Chargers keep Turner, get second-guessed for second-round tr

    I agree that you agree! But I also agree!
     
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    On second thought... Chargers keep Turner, get second-guessed for second-round tr

    :kisskiss:
     
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    On second thought... Chargers keep Turner, get second-guessed for second-round tr

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  7. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    On second thought... Chargers keep Turner, get second-guessed for second-round tr

    I keep wondering why AJ would move up so high.
    And then I realized that ATL hadnt drafted a safety yet, they had there scope on Landry and he went to Wash.
     
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    On second thought... Chargers keep Turner, get second-guessed for second-round tr

    word, Slug :yes:
     

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