2012 NFL Draft: Grading San Diego Chargers 2nd and 3rd Round Selections

Alex RamirezCorrespondent IApril 27, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 21: Guard Eric Olsen #55  of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish blocks Kendall Reyes #99 of the Univeristy of Connecticut Huskies at Notre Dame Stadium on November 21, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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After making arguably the steal of the first round with Melvin Ingram, it was back to work for the San Diego Chargers.

They didn't land Mark Barron or Harrison Smith, so their search for a safety is still intact. Heading into the second and third rounds today, the Chargers' biggest needs included SS, CB, RB and DT.

With the 49th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut.

With Cam Thomas, Corey Liuget and Vaughn Martin on the line, this is a great pick. Reyes has the ability to either play defensive tackle or defensive end, so the 3-4 scheme that the Chargers run is perfect for a guy with his skill set. San Diego now has a young front line and are improving their defense round by round.

Kendall Reyes was a two year captain at Connecticut. His leadership was valued there and will help him transition into a great NFL player. Reyes took center stage at the senior bowl, displaying his athleticism, speed and versatility. Many projected him to go early in the second round, but like yesterday, the Chargers were patient, and he fell right into their hands at 49.

Grade: A


With the 73rd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select Brandon Taylor, SS, LSU.

The Chargers sent their third round pick and their sixth round pick to the Chicago Bears to move up six positions and take Brandon Taylor.  

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 08:  Brandon Taylor #18 of the Louisiana State University Tigers avoids a tackle after an interception over Frankie Hammond #85 of the Florida Gators at Tiger Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   The Tigers def
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Brandon Taylor was the third rated safety, and that's where he ended up going in the draft.

He's a great tackler and a very smart player who takes the right angles in pursuit of passes and isn't afraid to make plays on the ball. His speed is only about average, and is viewed as his biggest weakness. As such, Taylor is a lot better in zone coverage than he is in man.

Brandon Taylor led LSU in tackles last season with 71. He spent all four years there and played cornerback as a freshman. He's the type of guy the Chargers were looking for.

The only concern I have here is that they could've stayed at 79 and taken Brandon Hardin—but don't get me wrong, I like this pick. It's exactly what they needed.

Grade: B+