Chargers go with Fuller. #KRM
TexInOttawa makes his inaugural pick for us today, eh?
- January 2013 the Chargers hire Tom Telesco as their GM to take over for the fired A.J.Smith.
- They then hire Mike McCoy as their new Head Coach.
- The Chargers finished the 2013 season 9-7 and made the play-offs for the first time since 2009 (prompting hilarious youtube).
- They entered the play-offs as the 6th seed.
- The Chargers defeated Cincy at Cincy, 27-101 to advance to the AFC Divisional Playoff Round.
- The Chargers then lost to Denver 24-17 at Mile High.
Tom Telesco was formerly the VP of football for the Indy Colts. Telesco was a WR at John Carroll University where they won The Ohio Athletic Conference Championship in 1994. Graduated in 95. Hired as a summer intern by the Buffalo Bills from 91-94. He then joined the Carolina Panthers as a scout; moved to the Colts as scout from 98-02. At the conclusion of the 2005 campaign Tom took over as Director of Player Personnel.
Telesco’s tenure with the Colts was one of the most successful eras of the franchises history and coincided with Payton Manning’s arrival in Indianapolis. From 98-12 the Colts went 154-86 and appeared in the play-offs 12 times, winning one Super Bowl and losing another.
Tom Telesco at 41 is the youngest GM in Charger history. He has said the Chargers will be a draft driven organization only utilizing free agents to supplement the roster.
HC Mike McCoy is an ex-QB who played at CSU Long Beach and Utah. Mike worked for the Carolina Panthers from 2000-08 and then moved to the Broncos as their offensive coordinator. In 09 Kyle Orton enjoyed a career year under McCoy posting career highs in virtually every passing category. McCoy revamped the offence2 in 2011 to accommodate Tim Tebow’s skill set and the Broncos led the league in rushing.
2013 was supposed to be a rebuilding year but with a couple of excellent draft picks the Chargers were able to make the play-offs. First rounder DJ Fluker solidified the O Line giving Rivers time to make plays. Rivers reminded everyone last year that he is an elite QB. Telesco struck gold in the 3rd round picking WR Kennan Allen who broke Chargers rookie records for catches and receiving yards. Allen won the Sporting News Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
A few stats from last year:
- Total Yards Overall 5th, AFC 2nd;
- Yards Passing Overall 4th, AFC 2nd;
- Yards Rushing Overall 13th, AFC 6th;
- Yards Receiving Overall 6th, AFC 2nd;
- Defense Overall 21st, AFC 12th.
Signed Free Agents
- RB Donald Brown (ind);
- G Chad Rinehart (sd);
- QB Kellen Clemens (stl);
- WR Seyi Ajirotutu (sd);
- TE David Johnson (pit);
- C Rich Ohrnberger(sd);
- S Darrell Stuckey (sd);
- LB Reggie Walker (sd);
- CB Richard Marshall (sd);
- CB Brandon Ghee (cin).
Clearly the need is on defense.
At CB Shareece Wright is the only clear starter who is average at best. They also resigned Richard Marshall and added Brandon Ghee from the Bengals.
OLB Melvin Ingram is a rising star. Nothing much more than serviceable players on the other side. NT Sean Lissemore is a starter, also Kwame Geathers can become a good player.
On draft day NT Louis Nix III is a definite consideration, but for our mock he is gone.
Well since Bradley Roby is gone, this leaves us, I think, with two choices.
Jason Verrett TCU CB
some all to be on the small side at 5-10, 176 lbs; he is like a magnet, with excellent timing to plant, drive, and arrive when the ball does with aggressive ball-hawking skills. Verrett is scrappy and loves to play sticky and physical, which will cause some penalties but it’s easy to love his confident mentality. His lack of size likely limits his NFL ceiling, but he has an easy change of direction, physical and mental toughness to shine. Ideally suited as an inside nickel corner.
Kyle Fuller VT CB
At 6-0, 190 pounds, Fuller showed good-not-elite speed with a 4.49 at the combine. Virginia Tech is typically a DB factory3 so Fuller has + preparation after getting playing time for years. Fuller missed the last four games of the year due to a core muscle injury which is cause for concern but Fuller steps right in here. If not a starter immediately he would work his way into the line-up very quickly. He is a shut down corner with immense talent.
This a critical pick for Browns fans. Both would look good playing along side Joe Haden. Of course this all depends on who we take with that #4 pick.
And the pick is: Kyle Fuller VT CB
This all makes sense, thanks Tex. Now then. The stage is set for Cheddar Bay major award winner tomorrow, up next:
ChuckKoz with the Browns’ pick at #26.
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