Usually by this time, there is some semblance of an expected No. 1 overall pick. This year, however, there are several choices for the Chiefs. Left tackles Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and a smattering of defensive players have the potential to be the first overall selection.
The thing is, there is no Andrew Luck-type player in this year’s draft. It’s a deep draft overall and there is a lot of marginal talent, but the overall players’ ceilings are lower this year than in the past.
The defensive side of the ball, however, is well represented in this draft class, so teams looking to fill holes in their defensive positions should jump at the opportunity to do so.
Gaither played in just four games last season due to injuries. He ended the season on injured reserve.
He’ll count $6 million against the cap this year.
Gaither was claimed off waivers by San Diego in November of 2011 after being let go by the Kansas City Chiefs. He started San Diego’s final five games at left tackle. The Chargers re-signed the Maryland product to a four-year contract in 2012.
Left tackle Jake Long initially helped Fasano before taking on the linebacker that was shooting through the gap. There were at least a dozen plays just like this one that I saw Fasano handle his defender and move him wherever he wanted him to go. He sets the edge and gives Bush a lane to run through.
Fasano also had a few instances where defenders weren’t exactly appreciative of his willingness to block through the whistle. In their defense if I was getting shoved all around the field I’d be annoyed too. Fasano would line up at fullback at times but I don’t remember ever seeing him split-out in the slot. He was always in-line in a 3-point stance. Why split-out one of your best blockers?
Do NFL scouts put more weight on four years of Southern California game film or a much-hyped workout with no defense on the field?
Quarterback Matt Barkley kept his arm under wraps at the NFL scouting combine in February, saying his injured shoulder would be “perfect” for Southern California’s pro day.
That day arrived Wednesday, and Barkley was solid but definitely imperfect, completing 56 of 62 passes in front of scouts from all 32 NFL teams. Of concern: Barkley’s misses were mostly on long balls — though two were drops — and he benefited from some spectacular catches by USC teammate Robert Woods.