San Diego Chargers: Undrafted Free Agents' Grades

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San Diego Chargers: Undrafted Free Agents' Grades
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Antonio Gates (85) is one of the best undrafted free agents in NFL history

Radio City Music Hall and the 2013 NFL draft were not the only places the San Diego Chargers acquired young talent. The Chargers came to terms with 20 undrafted free agents, and they will be given every chance to make the roster.

While being an undrafted free agent is an uphill climb to an NFL roster spot, the San Diego Chargers have a history of playing the best athlete available regardless of draft status. Antonio Gates is the most famous of the undrafted free-agent Bolts on the roster, and last year Michael Harris from UCLA was the season opening starting left tackle despite being passed over during the draft.

These rookies will get an honest shot at not just making the roster, but contributing on the field. Do not be surprised if at least four make the opening day roster, with two getting significant playing time. The others may stick around on the practice squad or get picked up by other teams.

The grades will reflect how the player fits the Chargers’ need and scheme as follows:

A = Perfect fit for both scheme and need
B = Perfect fit in either scheme or need, but not both
C = Average fit for need and scheme, could still push for a backup role
D = Not a fit or need, would really have to impress to make the roster
F = Probably not even a practice squad player

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