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San Diego Chargers 2012 NFL Draft Report Card: Grades for Every Pick

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San Diego Chargers 2012 NFL Draft Report Card: Grades for Every Pick
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Like he's done so many times before, San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith was hard at work on draft week, addressing needs and getting value with San Diego's seven picks. On days one and two, the Chargers selected three defensive players with starting potential, followed by four offensive prospects on days three through four who could fill holes down the road.

Leading up to draft night, there was speculation that San Diego had expressed interest in trading up from the 18th pick to nab Alabama safety Mark Barron. There was no denying Barron was the best available safety in the draft, but his demand proved to be way more than the Chargers had hoped. Barron was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the seventh overall pick, a lot higher than San Diego had expected.

Thankfully, Smith remained patient on night one as he watched South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram fall down the board. Ingram was considered by many to be the best defensive end available and a top ten pick, but he was passed on by 17 teams. From that pick on, Smith continued to stay patient and made a move when he had to.

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