Bolt Report Card: 2009 NFL Draft


Published: April 27, 2009


... San Diego's biggest signing in the off-season was coming to terms with LaDainian Tomlinson in a restructuring deal over the next three years.

Only one player from outside the organization was added via free agency, former Cowboys LB Kevin Burnett. This made the Chargers draft all the more important, as it is quite clear that the team shouldn't be expected to make any big moves in the outside market.

With eight picks going into the draft (but only two in the first 100 overall) the onus was on AJ Smith and Co. to make a big splash.

Here's an overview of their selections:

Round 1, Pick 16 (overall): Larry English (DE/OLB), Northern Illinois —

Brought in to form a three-pronged attack with LBs Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips, the 6'2", 255 pounder shouldn't be expected to play DE at the highest level unless he bulks up. 

San Diego severely lacked a prominent pass rushing attack when Shawne Merriman was out for 1...

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