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Did San Diego Chargers do enough in 2013 NFL draft?

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By Conman33 (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The San Diego Chargers are coming off a draft in which many experts are picking them as the biggest winners in 2013.  They made national headlines with their second round selection of Manti Te’O.  He could either become the next Junior Seau or become a total bust. 

General manager Tom Telesco was bold in the selections he made in the draft but one question still remains: Did the Chargers do enough?  While that may be one question that comes to mind, the real question might be this: Will the real Philip Rivers please stand up?

While Rivers might be regarded as an elite quarterback, he has certainly not lived up to that label the past couple of seasons.  As the leader of this team, he has turned the ball over 55 times in the past two seasons.  In that same time, he has only thrown just 53 touchdown passes. 

His quarterback rating of 88.7 over the past two seasons is below his career average of 94.5 and is well below his three-year average of 103.9 for 2008-2010. 

Since 2008, Rivers has been on a steady decline in production and the Chargers have suffered.  It is time for the eight-year veteran to step up and be the leader of this team and get them back into the playoffs. 

Rivers’ troubles can be attributed to poor offensive line play the past couple of years and the lack of a consistent running game.  But it is time for him to set himself apart and live up to his elite status by making the players around him better akin to Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers

The Chargers have done enough in the draft to create excitement coming into the 2013 season but it will be up to Rivers strong right arm to get this team to the playoffs and beyond. 

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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Robert Ekberg

Rob hails from Southern California and has an MBA and a healthy thirst for analytics. He possesses an undying passion for West Coast sports and is the resident guru on all things MLB. Follow him on Twitter @Robek24.