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Chargers Draft - Community Grades: Dedrick Epps

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Welcome to today's first installment of Community Grades for the San Diego Chargers picks in the 2010 NFL Draft. We're going to start from the bottom and work our way up, and you'll be able to grade each pick and let the Bolts' front office know if you agree or disagree with the athletes they selected.

First up is the Chargers' 7th round draft pick, a two-year starting TE from the University of Miami, Dedrick Epps. Epps has ideal size for a Tight End and shows tremendous blocking technique. He has very good instincts as a pass-catcher, and good hands, but is a step or two slower than the NFL's elite TEs.

The biggest knock on Dedrick is a lack of strength, both as a blocker and as a receiver trying to get by defenders at the line-of-scrimmage. In the NFL, he will have all the tools in the world available to him to help him get stronger and improve his game.