It took a while for me to think, ponder, and analyze what the Chargers draft meant to the team's future, failures, and success this upcoming season. The one player out of all the Chargers' 2012 draftees that stood out to me was the strong safety from LSU, Brandon Taylor.
To be honest with you, Brandon Taylor was never on my radar as a potential person of interest from the Chargers. Nor did I see any indication that the Chargers would even be interested in him leading up to the draft judging by all the media prediction on the Chargers online, in magazines, or by paper.
I do know the Chargers were interested in Mark Barron but that would require the Chargers trading towards the top 10 picks to have a chance at him. The Chargers were interested in Harrison Smith but they also knew they'd have to trade up to get him also, more than likely in the late first round or draft down to pick Smith up. The Chargers did no such thing. They stayed. They got two solid players with the first two picks. They anticipated both Barron and Smith were going to be gone and they had a contingency plan, Brandon Taylor. I guess they must have prepared for this weeks in advance to search for their possible starting strong safety in the projected third round.
As I look more into what Brandon Taylor can bring to the Chargers, I came away very impressed. Here are the three reasons why I believe Taylor will be a more productive player than Mark Barron or Harrison Smith.