San Diego Chargers Undrafted Free Agents: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee

Marcelo Villa@@_marcelovillaFeatured Columnist IIIMay 10, 2014

San Diego Chargers Undrafted Free Agents: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee

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    The San Diego Chargers concluded Day 3 of the 2014 draft with three picks, but they're not done yet.

    The Chargers welcomed Ryan Carrethers, Marion Grice and Tevin Reese on Saturday, but more players could be on the way.

    Following the end of the draft, teams have now turned their attention to filling out rosters for training camp with a slew of undrafted free agents. There's been plenty of feel-good stories in the NFL surrounding undrafted players who turn into stars, so you'll want to keep an eye on some of these guys as they sign for an opportunity to make a team.

    Check back here often for every signing with in-depth analysis. 

    Update: The list of the first 17 undrafted free agents signed by San Diego is here courtesy of

D.J. Adams, RB, Portland State

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    Height: 5'10"

    Weight: 210 pounds

    Analysis: Played two seasons at Maryland where he set a freshman record with 11 touchdowns before transferring to Portland State. Had a breakout year in 2013 with 1,600 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. Previous best was 967 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns in 2012. Very productive over the past two seasons.

Torrence Allen, WR, West Texas A&M

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    And we're off. Chargers agree to terms with ex-West Texas A&M WR Torrence Allen. 6-foot, 183 pounds. Had 93 rec, 1,272 yards, 8 TD in '13.

    — Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) May 10, 2014

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 183 pounds

    Analysis: Torrence Allen led West Texas A&M in receiving with 123 receptions for 1,668 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013. He truly dazzled in his first season as a full-time starter, averaging 119.1 yards receiving per game.

    Here's what the folks at CBS Sports had to say about Allen:

    "Highly productive with good hands. Displayed excellent straight-line speed at his March 14 pro day with a 4.41-second 40-yard dash. Good agility numbers included 40-inch vertical and 10'9" inch broad jump. Quiet, humble personality."

Tenny Palepoi, DT, Utah

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    Chargers agree to terms with former Utah DT Tenny Palepoi. 6-foot-1, 298 pounds. Versatile. May see him most at end in 3-4.

    — Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) May 10, 2014

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 298 pounds

    Analysis: Started all 12 games for the Utes in 2013, finishing third on the team with 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Racked up 53 tackles from his nose tackle spot and was a team captain.

    Here's what Nolan Nawrocki of had to say about his strengths:

    Good initial quickness, athletic ability and hip snap to shoot gaps and disrupt the backfield. Displays fine body control and agility. Good closing speed. Square tackler with some explosive knock-back body power. Can throw his hips in the hole and create penetration. Solid production. Has NFL pedigree -- brother, Anton, played four seasons in the league. Carries a passion for the game. Well-grounded and mature. Contributes on special teams (personal punt protector).

    Tenny Palepoi looks to be a good fit in the 3-4 scheme. He'll compete with Sean Lissemore, Kwame Geathers and fifth-round draft choice Carrethers.

Alden Darby, S, Arizona State

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    Safety Alden Darby has agreed to terms with Chargers. Reunites with ASU teammate Marion Grice, the Chargers' sixth-round pick.

    — Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) May 11, 2014

    Height: 5'10"

    Weight: 192 pounds

    Analysis: Two year-starter with 10 career interceptions and 26 pass breakups. Recorded 217 tackles, 155 of which came solo.

    Involved member of the community. Compares to Chargers safety Darrell Stuckey. 

    Here's the bottom line, according to Nawrocki on

    A true tweener, Darby is built like a cornerback but lacks the foot speed to match up 1-on-1 with receivers and does not have ideal bulk for the safety position. Has overcome a lot of adversity in his life, was recognized as the first player to don Pat Tillman's jersey in practice for his hard work and leadership and has make-it intangibles that could resonate with a coaching staff and inspire a locker room. Is worth trying as a zone corner, could add depth to a secondary and compete on special teams.

Colton Underwood, OLB, Illinois State

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    Colton Underwood agreed to terms with Chargers. Outside linebacker from Illinois State visited team pre-draft.

    — Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) May 11, 2014

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 254 pounds

    Analysis: Played 45 games at defensive end for the Redbirds, but he'll fit in as an outside linebacker with the Chargers. Recorded 215 tackles and ranks third all-time in tackles for loss at Illinois State with 44. Also ranks fourth on all-time sacks list with 21.5.

    His strengths, according to

    "Good combination of strength (26 reps at 225 pounds) and speed (4.69-second 40-yard dash). Displays good instincts, and rarely gives up on a play. Hard worker who will be willing to earn stripes on special teams. Team captain."

Brelan Chancellor, WR, North Texas

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    Height: 5'9"

    Weight: 186 pounds

    Analysis: Brelan Chancellor was the 2013 Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year for his efforts as a kick and punt returner. He was one of only 10 players in the nation to return both a kickoff and punt for a touchdown, and his 386 return yards for punts set a single-season school record.

    Chancellor had his best season as a receiver in 2013 when he made a career-high 53 receptions for 792 yards and four touchdowns. He also set a single-season school record for all-purpose yards with 1,964.

Chris Davis, CB, Auburn

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    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 200 pounds

    Analysis: Chris Davis will forever be known as the man who broke the heart of every Alabama fan in the nation when he returned a missed field-goal attempt 100-plus yards to the house in a stunning Iron Bowl victory. His 18.7 punt return average ranked third in the nation, and his 74 tackles ranked second on the team.

    The bottom line, according to Nawrocki on

    "A compact, physical zone corner with intriguing return skill, Davis will be more challenged by his lack of height and tight hips in the pros. His intangibles, toughness against the run and ability to factor as a punt returner will allow him to carve out a role."

Greg Ducre, CB, Washington

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    Height: 5'10"

    Weight: 184 pounds

    Analysis: He had 44 tackles in 13 games played for the Huskies last season. Greg Ducre added nine pass breakups and two interceptions to his totals in 2013. 

    The bottom line, according to Nawrocki on

    Stood out in the College All-Star Bowl, when he earned MVP honors scoring the game's only touchdown on a 30-yard interception return and followed it up with an exceptional pro-day performance that could create the opportunity to compete for a job in sub-packages immediately in the pros. A late-riser with physical tools that could allow him to be a better pro than college player.

Ian White, OL, Boston College

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    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 302 pounds

    Analysis: Smart, versatile offensive lineman with ability to play all five spots. Started 13 games at right tackle as part of an offensive line that helped Andre Williams rush for more than 2,000 yards last season.

    Team co-captain and earned all-ACC honorable mention. Ian White could compete for a reserve role on the Chargers offensive line.

Ricky Tjong-a-Tjoe, DL, Boise State

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 300 pounds

    Analysis: Started 11 of the 12 games he played in last season, recording a career-high 37 tackles with 4.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks. Played club level nine-man football in Amsterdam before his senior year of high school. Still learning the American game and has progressively gotten better. Potential project to develop on the practice squad.

Michael Flacco, TE, New Haven

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    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 245 pounds

    Analysis: Younger brother of Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco. Pursued a pro baseball career in the minor leagues with the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox. Played just one season with the New Haven Chargers and is a 26-year-old prospect. Nine receiving touchdowns for 591 yards in 11 games.

    Extremely raw, but athleticism from multisport background is a plus. Potential project if coaches see fit.

Chase Tenpenny, P, Nevada

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 250 pounds

    Analysis: Fourth-best punting average in school history during the 2012 season (43.3). Named to Second-Team All-Mountain West for his efforts in 2013. Probably a camp leg with veteran Mike Scifres locked in as starter.

Jeremiah Sirles, OT, Nebraska

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 310 pounds

    Analysis: Well-versed at both tackle spots for the Cornhuskers, starting 41 of the 53 games he played in. Switched between left and right during the 2013 season, helping Nebraska put forth one of the top running games in the Big Ten. Suffered a sprained knee his senior year that held him out three games but was able to return for team's bowl game. 

Alvin Scioneaux, OLB, Wofford

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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 225 pounds

    Analysis: Wreaked havoc in opposing team's backfield with 41.5 career tackles for loss the past four seasons at Wofford. Totaled 8.5 sacks in 2011 and seven in 2012, but 2013 was a letdown year with just 1.5. Extremely efficient tackler, averaging close to 77 stops in the past three seasons.

D.J. Johnson, OG, New Mexico

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 308 pounds

    Analysis: Made 29 straight starts for the Lobos mostly at left tackle, but he has experience on the right side as well. His efforts helped New Mexico develop the nation's fourth-ranked rushing attack, which averaged 308.8 yards per game in 2013. Earned Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Honors his senior season. Possible move inside at guard with his size.

Javontee Herndon, WR, Arkansas

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    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 197 pounds

    Analysis: Led the Razorbacks in receiving last season with 31 catches for 437 yards and four touchdowns. Didn't miss a game the past three seasons, appearing in 37 consistently. Ball wasn't thrown his way a whole lot but did his part on special teams in kick coverage and as a return man on punts.

Micah Hatfield, WR, Oregon State

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    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 181 pounds

    Analysis: First two seasons were riddled with injuries, but he managed to make a comeback in his final two with 23 appearances. Four-year career with the Beavers produced just 20 catches for 234 yards and four touchdowns.

    When scouts attended Oregon State's pro day to see first-round prospect Brandin Cooks, Hatfield took advantage and was timed by one scout as running 4.33 40-yard dash, according to Tyson Alger of The Oregonian. Could be the speed San Diego is looking for, but he'll need to prove he can stay healthy.


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