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NFL Draft 2011 Grades: San Diego Chargers Day Three Analysis

Connecticut RB Jordan Todman
Connecticut RB Jordan TodmanTom Pennington/Getty Images
Thomas ConroyCorrespondent IMay 1, 2011

How important is day three of the NFL draft?

Well, 65 percent of a team’s roster is comprised of players selected in the last four rounds of the draft. Due to prior trades, the San Diego Chargers were left with only three choices to make on Saturday, but the front office is confident that they have added depth to their roster.

Their first selection in the sixth round was Connecticut RB Jordan Todman, who has a very shifty, slashing running style that could help him become an excellent kickoff returner. This could be the steal of the entire draft, as Todman scored 28 touchdowns in his last two collegiate seasons with the Huskies.

Some question whether or not his body can take the pounding from running the football, but Charger fans have seen firsthand how valuable a small back (Darren Sproles) can be to their offense.

Chargers selected Michigan OL Stephen Schilling with a compensatory choice in the sixth round. The first thing you notice is how quick and agile he is for a guy of his size (6’4”, 303 lbs.).

Schilling is very versatile, as he can play the guard or tackle position. Some scouts question his toughness, during last season opponents easily pushed him into the backfield to disrupt running plays. 

Their final choice of the 2011 NFL Draft could be a player that San Diego can really rallying around, as outside linebacker Andrew Gachkar missed a season of football at Missouri due to an illness that almost took his life.

He rallied to be voted Mizzou’s unanimous MVP last season.  Gachkar will make an immediate impact on special teams, as no one plays harder or hustles more than him. You can expect Gachkar to be around the football on every single play he’s involved with.

San Diego Chargers' Sixth Round Grade: C+

San Diego Chargers' Seventh Round Grade: B

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