San Diego Chargers 2013 NFL Draft Review

DJ Fluker

DJ Fluker is taking reps with the first team at right tackle during OTAs. Like all rookies, he’s having good days and bad days. According to the coaches, the bad days were getting fewer heading into the summer break. The massive man is a better run blocker than a pass protector. In shorts and t-shirts, he has had a chance to focus on his footwork. He plays with a good base and can tie up a pass rushing end and run them up the field. A mauler, he can engulf his target. Manti Te’o is projected to be an every-down linebacker and is penciled inside at “Mike”, the strongside inside position. He has a reputation as a high effort, high energy player who shows up and performs. Quick to read and react to his keys, coaches are impressed with his quick study of the playbook. In 2012 he played out of his comfort zone in a 4-2 scheme. He’s a run player who played more in coverage this past year, but that will help him stay on the field for the Chargers. Keenan Allen has been solid and active in OTAs after recovering in the early spring from a knee injury suffered last fall. The coaches have been impressed with his “pro like” route running. The bad news for Allen is the veteran competitors lined up ahead of him on the depth chart. The good news for him is that all those receivers have injury histories. The big, strong, physical receiver is a strong hand catcher and could make an early impact. Steve Williams has a chance to compete for a starting position after the Chargers lost both starting corners in free agency. A productive and athletic corner, he impressed at the Combine by running a 4.37/40 yard dash. He is shorter than ideal for the position, but plays with confidence and concentration. He’s a competitor with good ball skills. Tourek Williams has been getting some work in OTAs after Melvin Ingram was injured. He’s a disruptive player where he is schemed open at times with twists and mismatches. He has a good hit and spin move to get up the field. A quick footed competitor, he works to finish a play. He has a bag of pass rush tools that just need to be developed. Brad Sorensen is probably headed to the practice squad as a developmental quarterback. He possesses good arm strength but average movement skills and athletic ability. He needs to work on reading coverages, anticipation, and protection knowledge. GRADE: ABOVE AVERAGE.

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