The 2010 NFL Draft is now over after a drama filled weekend that included many trades as well as surprises.
The new format proved to be exciting. It made the event longer and added to the fans and players anticipation.
The Chargers did a lot of maneuvering to get players they wanted. With some luck and bargaining they had a successful draft.
Even though there's disagreement with what they addressed with the first pick, overall this draft earned the Chargers a good grade by many experts and fans.
The undrafted free agents the Chargers sign after the draft can also contribute such as Jamal Williams and Antonio Gates.
In this slideshow I breakdown each pick, including the value of the pick and how this player fits the Chargers scheme.
Mathews posted the best rushing numbers in the nation even after missing a game and a half this season. This kid out of Fresno State is for real. He's ready to play.
He showed up big every game for Fresno St. even totaling over 200 yards against Boise State.
He is used to running in a power back system but it was a rushing offense with minimal passing. The bright side is that he played in the WAC, which means his offenisve line wasn't the best, yet he was the best rusher.
He didn't compete against the toughest competition, but when he did, he played big.
This kid is the most complete back coming out of this draft and is exactly what the Chargers need.
The Chargers traded with the Miami Dolphins in order to move up and secure this talent.
They sent Miami their first round pick (No. 28), second round pick (No.40), fourth round pick (No. 126) and inside linebacker Tim Dobbins. In return the Chargers received Mathews, pick No. 110 and a sixth round pick they traded.
Overall, when I look at this trade, it's a reach for someone who was projected to go that high. But why not?
Mathews was the second best back in the draft. Seattle could have pulled the trigger after missing out on Spiller, as well as Houston with the 20th pick.
The Chargers needed a running back that can become a great running option for Philip Rivers. Mathews fits that bill.
If he turns out to be the next Landanian Tomlinson or Adrian Peterson it's a win and A.J. Smith will be looked as a genius. Worst case is Mathews becomes another Joesph Addai or Donald Brown.
The Chargers next greatest need after replacing LT was to replace Jamal Williams.
But the Chargers decided to go in a different direction.
The Chargers traded their pick at No. 91, the sixth round pick they acquired in the trade to get Mathews and their 2011 fourth round pick to the 49ers to draft Donald Butler.
I think this is a bit of an unnecessary pick.
This guy is very athletic and has great size for an inside linebacker. He can play both ILB spots and is a very strong player that can develop. But was he worth moving up?
Looking at it, Butler really was the last ILB left from the top prospects after all the LB's selected in the second and early third rounds.
A.J. Smith feels that he can contribute with his strength and athleticism. Scouts say his instincts are not the greatest.
However, the Chargers are hoping he can understand the importance of discipline as he matures in the NFL.
Besides, the Chargers have five picks in the first three rounds next year so they are in a position to trade away those later round draft picks.
Butler has the upside to develop into a starter and a superb run stuffing ILB the Chargers need for their 3-4 defense.
The Chargers acquired this from the Miami trade and they got great value at this position.
Darrell Stuckey is a great player to get in the fourth round.
A strong, hard hitting safety with great athleticism and speed, Stuckey has all the tools to develop into a great SS.
He has great quickness to recover if he blows coverage and can make hits. He also has the speed to get to the QB.
A third round prospect, the Chargers added competition to a position that can be upgraded.
With the direction this year's draft was going so far for the Chargers,adding depth at a needed position was the best pick. Landing a talent like this might become a steal.
With maturity, this kid can become that hard hitting athletic safety the Chargers have been missing.
This pick comes at a great value in the fifth round After many projected Cam Thomas to go on the second day of the 2010 NFL Draft, this was a great value selection in the fifth round for the Chargers.
They had a shot at Thomas in the fourth round but decided to pass on him and hope he fell.
The Chargers traded up with the Eagles to jump up 13 spots. They acquired Thomas with the 146th pick. They gave up their fifth round pick this year at No. 159 and next year's fifth round selection.
Smith wanted to secure this talent and he felt that this team was in position to give up another 2011 late rounder to move up.
Thomas was projected to go as early as the second round making up for the Chargers trading away an earlier pick.
Thomas has the size and strength to play nose tackle, and adding a talent like this to the rotation will only help. He also has the upside to develop into the starting NT that this team is missing.
The only downside is that scouts feel Thomas doesn't play with intensity every play.
I was not too keen on this pick.
This is strictly a developmental pick that the Chargers made to add depth.
Whether they saw something they liked or felt that he would be the best at what they needed to debate.
With the talent still left on the board the Chargers could have gone in many directions. There were still QB's on the board that could have been better prospects. Javon Snead and Dan LeFevour have better accuracy and were available.
Great tight ends were still on the board as well as plenty of tackle prospects, such as Sam Young, Tepper, Sevlish Capers and Kyle Calloway.
Crompton won't have an impact any time soon and I felt that the value here was not the greatest.
Another QB could have been had in the seventh round or via free agency.
Not the best pick here.
The Chargers needed a TE for depth and development and with what was left they got a good pick in Dedrick Epps.
Epps plays with a mean streak on the field and an untarnished character off of it.
The Chargers weren't willing to risk a pick on the pot toking Anthony McCoy and wanted someone with strong character.
Whether Epps develops is another thing.
I would have liked Carlton Mitchell or Dez Briscoe, who are both great prospects, with the compensatory pick and picked up Snead here in the seventh.
I think Snead would have been a better prospect than Crompton. He just had a worse year and went undrafted. Last year he was considered a top-three QB before the season started.
Once the final pick is made, the talent pool is limited to sign an undrafted FA but every year there is always a chance of finding a diamond in the rough.
The Chargers missed out on addressing their need for depth at the defensive end position as well as receiver and right tackle.
With confirmed signings of these rookies, the following will help create a competitive camp and help round out our team or practice squad.
FB Corey Jackson, Maryland
WR Jordyn Jackson, Eastern Oregon
WR Jeremy Williams, Tulane
WR Seyi Ajirotutu, Fresno State
WR Marcel Thompson, Lindonwood
WR Ernest Smith, Baylor
WR/KR Bryan Walters, Cornell
TE Richie Brockel, Boise State
OT Nic Richmond, TCU
OT Justin Jefferies, Kentucky
OL Jeff Hansen, Montana State
DE Jason Lamb, Baylor
OLB Brandon Lang, Troy
ILB Kion Wilson, South Florida
CB Traye Simmons, Minnesota
The Chargers received mixed reviews about this year's draft and the direction they took.
Overall, this was a successful draft.
All the positions of need were addressed with undrafted FA signings, it's all a matter of seeing who makes the team.
The Chargers don't need many pieces, but the areas of need were filled making the running game a priority.
The Chargers got a great talent.