NFL Draft 2011: San Diego Chargers Report Card

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NFL Draft 2011: San Diego Chargers Report Card
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It can be a little problematic to list your needs a year after fielding both the top ranked offense and defense in the National Football League.

Here you would think that a certain balance on both sides of the ball would be the ticket to continuity and the eventual bid for the ultimate prize. Pick a wideout, pick a defensive back, pick a linebacker, pick a running back, etc. until all needs are fulfilled while the balance of power and equality within all units on the team remain intact.

Yet the San Diego Chargers, from the owner on down to the merchandise in the shop, knew precisely that the draft would be heavy on defense, which is exactly what happened.

The fact of the matter was that the defense lacked both playmakers and depth in general. Too often, a sack was needed instead of merely a quarterback hit, a fumble instead of a loss of yardage, an interception instead of a deflected pass.

It is impossible for any draft report card of the San Diego Chargers to be final, just as absurd as it would be to ask a tarot card reader whether a certain player will or will not perform.

As they say, that's why they play the games.  

This is an analysis and a dissection of the skills and abilities brought to the table by each one of these picks, as well as a preliminary grade for each of the seven picks listed and a final grade for the draft as a whole.


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