San Diego Chargers Daily Links: April 29, 2013

Jonathan Daniel

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Tom Telesco & Mike McCoy Recap the Chargers Draft - Marty Caswell
So it’s our job to get the best 53 guys, you know Coach D is going to put five guys up front for us, to do a better job than we have in the past and we’ve got to do better up there and we all know that and that’s what we’re looking for, so we’re going to bring in as many talented players as we can and we’ll find the best five. If we’ve got to move positions around, move guys from left to right, switch a position, that’s what we’re going to do. And there’s not going to be any promises to anybody but we’re going to try and find the best five guys to let Philip do his work.

Manti Te'o to the San Diego Chargers Round 2 Pick 38 - whiskey OFD
The next season Brian Kelly took over in South Bend and Defensive Coordinator Bob Diaco installed his 3-4 No Crease defense. Te'o stepped in as the Mike Linebacker and spent the next three years as the cornerstone of a unit that ultimately became one of the best in the country.

Five best, worst matches of the draft - Jeffri Chadiha
It's nice to know the focus on Te'o will not be his private life. The big challenge for him is overcoming the physical limitations revealed during the pre-draft evaluation process. Te'o wasn't nearly as athletic as today's linebackers need to be -- especially quickness and straight-line speed -- and that's going to be problematic in the AFC West. If he was embarrassed to run a 4.8 40-yard dash at the combine, just wait until he faces Kansas City's Jamaal Charles or Oakland's Darren McFadden in the open field. It won't be pretty.

The 2013 draft's winners, losers - John Clayton
1. San Diego Chargers: It was a nice scene when the San Diego Chargers had their top three choices -- tackle D.J. Fluker, linebacker Manti Te'o and wide receiver Keenan Allen -- standing on a podium holding up their new uniforms. This draft might not be as memorable as the 2005 draft, but it was a good one.

Top 2013 undrafted free agents - Scouts Inc. (Insider)
9. Georgia DT Kwame Geathers (59) Geathers is a mountain of a man who can clog up the middle when he stays low, but he tends to play high, and is caught out of position too often. Plus, he doesn't have much upside as a pass rusher and projects as a two-down player at the NFL level.

2013 NFL Draft Results and Analysis - ESPN.com (Insider)
At this point, the off-field issues begin to fade and it's all about what Te'o can do as a player. He has some limitations in coverage, lacking the speed and fluidity to consistently match up in man coverage. There is a lot to like about his positioning, instincts and ball skills in underneath zone, though. As a run defender, he must improve his ability to take on and shed blocks, and become a more consistent tackler.

AFC West draft analysis - Bill Williamson
Immediately after the Allen choice, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said Telesco drafted three first-rounders. That view was later echoed by fellow ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper. I expect both Te’o and Allen to contribute immediately. Allen, who has had some manageable knee issues, is a sure receiver who gives the offense-needy Chargers a serious weapon. Philip Rivers has seen several top weapons leave in free agency in recent years. He gets a gift in the form of Allen.

Kiper's 2013 NFL draft grades - Mel Kiper Jr. (Insider)
Fluker can collapse the edge. Manti Te'o fills an immediate need at linebacker, and I don't think San Diego could have expected to get this kind of a player at No. 38 overall. He will step in and start immediately, and now you look at a corps with Melvin Ingram, Te'o, Donald Butler and Jarret Johnson. Not bad.

Chargers Agree to Terms with 20 Rookie Free Agents - Chargers.com
The San Diego Chargers agreed to terms with 20 rookie free agents tonight.

NFL Draft: Winners & Losers of Days 2 & 3 - Steve Shoup
On day 2 the Chargers got 2 big names in ILB Manti Te'o and WR Keenan Allen. I had 1st round grades for both of these players so I think they got tremendous value on day 2. I think both of these guys are going to be long-term stars for the Chargers. On day 3 they got some intriguing prospects. CB Steve Williams, who I think has high upside and can also help them on special teams. And DE Tourek Williams could be a good pass rusher for them.

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