Indianapolis, IN, USA; Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Kendall Reyes waits to do the shuttle run during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Day 2: Winners and questions - Mel Kiper (Insider)
The Chargers also locked in a ton of value getting Kendall Reyes and Brandon Taylor. That's D-line and safety help.
Meet the new guy: Brandon Taylor - Chargers.com
The Chargers moved up five spots to select Louisiana State University safety Brandon Taylor with the 73rd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Taylor, 5-foot-11 and 209 pounds, will compete with free agent signee Atari Bigby for San Diego’s starting strong safety job. He is known for his natural instincts and for his aggressive, physical presence in run support.
Meet the new guy: Kendall Reyes - Chargers.com
The Chargers selected University of Connecticut defensive lineman Kendall Reyes with the 49th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-4, 299-pound Reyes was a three-year starter and ranks 10th in school history with 32.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The former Huskie brings the Chargers quickness off the snap and strong hands when engaging blockers.
Wrapping up AFC West's third round - Bill Williamson
Folks, San Diego is killing this draft. It is just slaying it. A trio of pass-rusher Melvin Ingram (No. 18), defensive lineman Kendall Reyes (No. 49) and Taylor (No. 73) is a wicked group to bring into one defense. All three players were taken later than projected and could all make immediate impacts. Major kudos to San Diego for having a strong plan.
Chargers' front seven gets better - Bill Williamson
The San Diego Chargers are letting the draft board come to them and in return for their patience, their defense is getting better.
Defense carries day for Chargers - Michael Gehlken
"Because of playing outside and coming inside, he’s got a great awareness," Turner said. "He sees things awfully well. He breaks on the ball and has instincts like a corner. He’s a 200-plus pound guy, so he can play in a physical manner like a strong safety."
Chargers draft quick defensive end - Michael Gehlken
"He showed outstanding pass rush ability (not only) in the Senior Bowl but throughout all his tape," coach Norv Turner said.
Ingram wasn't supposed to be a Charger, is unlike any Charger - Kevin Acee
Once Melvin Ingram had turned in a head-turning, hip-turning, direction-changing, kick-in-the-backside workout at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and then an altogether mind-bending demonstration of athleticism at his Pro Day a month later, it was long past time to move on.