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NFL draft results 2013: Chargers winners in draft
- Updated: April 30, 2013
The 2013 NFL draft has come and gone with the San Diego Chargers coming out as the big winners. The Chargers drafted tackle D.J. Fluker of Alabama, linebacker Manti Te’o of Notre Dame and wide receiver Keenan Allen of Cal in the first three rounds.
According to ESPN’s John Clayton the Chargers were the No. 1 winner in the 2013 NFL draft. The Chargers didn’t get the top tier prospects in the draft, but according to Clayton they did get serviceable pieces for years to come.
The Chargers chose Fluker with the 11th pick in the first round of the draft. He is 6’4” and 340lbs, and should fill the void at right tackle in order to protect quarterback Philip Rivers.
In the second round general manager Tom Telesco chose Manti Te’o. The All-American linebacker fell to the second round after initially being thought of as a first-round choice. It appears teams and general managers were scared off by the saga of lies Te’o was involved with regarding his fictitious girlfriend story along with the fact that he did not impress at the NFL combine.
Telesco and the Chargers made a bold move by trading up to Te’o. The franchise and fans can only hope that Te’o can be the next Junior Seau for a franchise that has been rich in linebacking talent in years past.
With the 76th pick the Chargers selected wide receiver Keenan Allen. As reported by Michael Jones with SportsOutWest, the Chargers took a gamble on Allen considering he was linked to a failed drug test which is agent denies.
Allen is 6’2” and 206 lbs, and should be a nice addition to the Chargers receiving core. Over the next couple of years, look for Allen to be possibly be an elite wide receiver.
The Chargers added talent this year but some question whether they made the right moves. Did they really have to trade up to get Te’o and give up a fourth round selection? It will take time to know all the answers, but if things go right, Bolts fans could be talking about the 2013 class for years to come.
Robert W. Ekberg is a staff writer for SportsOutWest and Los Angeles area based sports journalist. Follow him on Twitter @Robek24
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