San Diego Chargers’ Possible First-Round Surprises

March 4, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Anyone familiar with the San Diego Chargers and AJ Smith knows that certain truths hold to form consistently with the enigmatic general manager. 
The first would be that AJ Smith does not like investing heavily in the free agent market.  Last offseason he only signed one significant name, rotation middle linebacker Kevin Burnett, while allowing multiple starters to depart.
The other fact about Smith is that he likes to surprise San Diego fans with his draft selections.  Last season he chose Northern Illinois defensive end Larry English to convert into a rush linebacker in San Diego’s 3-4 system.
English was a solid player but considered by many an upper second rounder at a position not considered among San Diego’s real needs. 
The year before he drafted cornerback Antoine Cason at a time when Antonio Cromartie was still considered a 10 interception ball hawk with a bright future in San Diego.  Cromartie’s expected departure this offseason makes the move m...

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