San Diego Chargers' Post-Draft Wish List

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIApril 28, 2013

San Diego Chargers' Post-Draft Wish List

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    The San Diego Chargers efforts in the 2013 NFL draft may have been largely overlooked by the major networks, but GM Tom Telesco quietly put together one of the best efforts of the proceedings.

    He was able to address major areas of concern while also drafting some of the most talented players on the board and finding immense value in most selections. San Diego was likely hoping that one of the top three offensive tackles would fall to the 11th pick, but they didn't, and Telesco stuck to his guns in selecting D.J. Fluker out of Alabama.

    There are still more concerns to look at. The draft is only a stepping stone on the path toward the 2013 season. The Chargers need more offensive linemen, depth at defensive tackle and perhaps even some secondary help.

    Luckily there is a large pool of players who did not hear their names called during the draft. These are obviously not the most talented players, but there are some who could get a look from the Chargers in the coming weeks.

    Let's look at 10 players that San Diego could target.

Alvin Bailey, G, Arkansas

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    We start by taking a look at a position of need that was not addressed over the course of the draft: offensive guard.

    Alvin Bailey is a 6'3", 312-pound guard with the ideal size to contribute at the next level. He could have easily went as early as the fourth round, so it is surprising that he is available at this point.

    This is a strong player at the point of attack that can be an absolute road-grater while run-blocking. He is slow and can struggle in pass protection, but there is too much raw potential here to ignore. The fact that he started 38 consecutive games for the Arkansas Razorbacks shows that he can be a reliable and productive piece of the puzzle.

    His athleticism is a concern, but as an undrafted free agent, he is an extremely intriguing prospect.

Manase Foketi, OG, West Texas A&M

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    Here we have another massive guard prospect in the form of 6'5", 318-pound Manase Foketi. He is technically a small-school prospect out of West Texas A&M, but Foketi is a transfer from Kansas State that held his own against FBS competition.

    Like with Bailey, Foketi is going to be a much better run-blocker than he is a pass-blocker. He can dominate defenders at the point of attack and drive them backward, but he is going to have his troubles catching up to the speedier defensive linemen that the NFL has to offer.

    Also keep in mind that Foketi played tackle during his entire career, so there will be a transitional phase as he learns the ins and outs of the guard position. It will be a long road, but there is serious potential here.

Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech

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    The final guard prospect we will look at is Omoreggie Uzzi out of Georgia Tech. This is a truly raw prospect that will not be ready to compete at the NFL level for many years. 

    Still, there is a lot of intrigue surrounding Uzzi. He is 6'3", 300 pounds and has the kind of raw athleticism that means he could find a role at the next level if he is coached up properly.

    Uzzi needs that coaching, but players of his size rarely have the kind of athleticism that he possesses. As an undrafted free agent there is relatively no risk to the Chargers for giving him a look and seeing if the potential is worth the wait.

Johnny Adams, CB, Michigan State

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    Having checked out a couple of big-bodied guards we look at a defensive position at cornerback. There has been a lot of turnover for the Chargers at CB, with Derek Cox and Marcus Gilchrist expected to step in as the newly appointed starters.

    Depth behind these players is going to be of the utmost importance for San Diego and that is where a player like Johnny Adams from Michigan State could have some value. He recorded 11 interceptions during his time with the Spartans and showed a good grasp of both man and zone coverage.

    Adams is small at 5'10", 185 pounds, but plays physically and knows how to get tough with receivers. He has been known to take plays off, which could be an issue, but there are solid skills in his game and few relative holes.

Gilbert Pena, DT, Ole Miss

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    Gilbert Pena is a 6'3", 330-pound defensive tackle that could have some use as a rotational 3-4 defensive tackle at the NFL level. He knows how to use his size and was a productive player for the Ole Miss Rebels over the past few seasons.

    Pena has ideal size, but his strength has been an issue during his time with the Rebels. However, San Diego has a clear need for depth behind Cam Thomas and Pena would be an interesting player to watch develop within the Chargers' defensive scheme.

    There is always room for size in the NFL. It is safe to assume that someone is going to give Pena a look and see if he has the dedication required to develop properly moving forward.

T.J. Barnes, DT, Georgia Tech

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    Does it get more intriguing than a 6'6", 369-pound defensive tackle? If not, then T.J. Barnes out of Georgia Tech is the prospect for you. 

    Barnes will need work, as will any undrafted free agent, but he is not the slow-footed nightmare that you would expect out of a player his size. He can move laterally and also knows how to use his size to bully offensive linemen and get to the quarterback.

    He was the nose tackle in a 3-4 defense at Georgia Tech, so it would take him little time to learn the Chargers defensive scheme. It would be nice if he were more fundamentally sound, but what do you expect out of a player this massive?

Anthony McCloud, DT, Florida State

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    Now let's look at a defensive tackle that is not going to overwhelm you with his size. Anthony McCloud out of Florida State was frequently overshadowed by guys like Bjoern Werner and "Tank" Carradine, but he is a sound football player that can find a role at the next level.

    McCloud is 6'2", 305 pounds and really finds his niche as a player that can occupy blockers, crowd the line of scrimmage and prevent rushing attacks from working. He is not as great at pass-rushing, but if he were he likely would have been an actual draft pick.

    He needs to develop better size and strength to really anchor a 3-4 defense at the next level, but as a rotational player he may be able to play immediately.

Chris Faulk, OT, LSU

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    Chris Faulk is not going to last long at all on the free-agent market. He is a sound offensive tackle that unfortunately lost his junior campaign at LSU due to an ACL injury. He was likely to be a first or second-round pick if he remained healthy, so there is a lot of upside to drafting him.

    Faulk is 6'6", 323 pounds and is already adept at both pass-blocking and run-blocking. His size shows that he can dominate as a run-blocker if he so chooses, and he has in fact done so during his time with the Tigers, but his balanced game will be an asset while assessing the NFL market.

    San Diego can use any and all offensive tackle prospects that it can find, so there is no reason not to bring in a guy like Faulk that has a ton of NFL potential.

Jahleel Addae, S, Central Michigan

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    Addae was a highly productive strong safety for the Central Michigan Chippewas. He was named the university's defensive player of the year twice. He recorded four interceptions and 89 tackles last season as he fleshed out his game and proved he has NFL potential.

    Addae is 5'11", 200 pounds and plays with a serious chip on his shoulder. He excels at moving around in space and looking for receivers to hit. Addae is an aggressive player that can make any tackle and utilizes his quick feet and speed to close in quickly on the ball.

    Addae needs to settle down in coverage and stop looking for a big hit on every play, but the Chargers could use a tenacious safety and Addae fits that mold nicely.