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It's been a while since I've done one of these, I might be rusty.
My excitement from the San Diego Chargers draft class continues to be tempered by the team still retaining David Chao as the team's head doctor. How do we know the players that are being brought in are be analyzed thoroughly and by a sober man? How do we know that any injuries that befall them will be handled properly? It all makes me seem foolish for being optimistic about these player's careers.
Think about it, Melvin Ingram has been drafted to fill the role that was originally supposed to be filled by Larry English (who can't stay healthy). Johnnie Troutman was drafted to fill the hole left by Kris Dielman (who has to retire due to mistreatment by the team doctors). Kendall Reyes was drafted to fill Luis Castillo's shoes (a player that has earned a reputation for being injury-prone). Brandon Taylor's spot should maybe be held by Bob Sanders (who...okay, that one isn't on the Chargers staff). David Molk is probably going to take the spot of Colin Baxter (who can't stay healthy) to back up Nick Hardwick (a player that is still trying to shake his injury-prone label). Can you see how a better training staff might've resulted in a different draft for San Diego?
I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade but, if Ingram and Reyes and Taylor turn out to be injury-prone as well, I won't be able to say that I was surprised. The training staff gets the finger pointed at them for last year's failures, and yet remains intact. This is Einstein's definition of "insanity" all over again.
- San Diego Chargers Daily Links: April 30, 2012
- The complete AFC West draft recap from SB Nation (Video FanShot)
- San Diego Chargers 2012 NFL Draft Grades
- Video Scouting Reports of San Diego Chargers 2012 Draft Class