Well there it is! Another draft in the history books… And the Chargers came out looking pretty golden. The other writers on the site will have analyzed all the other picks and now it’s my turn to let loose on our new 7th round pickup Brad Sorensen, QB, Southern Utah.
I have been saying for ages (well since I wrote my mock draft for Boltblitz) that a late round QB pickup would be a good idea. Lo and behold, look what happened! Now there were a couple of options on the board at the position when we picked (Tyler Bray and Zac Dysert who both ended up in the division with the Chiefs and Broncos respectively) but I was actually quite happy with the pickup. From what I’ve read, Sorensen is a high character guy and good to have around the team.
So what do we know about him? He’s a 25 year old, 6’4″, 229lbs QB with a good arm and a really good attitude. He transferred to SUU in 2010 and went on to complete 67 percent of his passes for 3,163 yards and 21 touchdowns, earning first-team All-Great West Conference honors. As a senior, Sorensen had a slightly down year, only completing 62.2% of his passes with 23 touchdowns to 10 INTs. Now he may not be the most athletic guy (4.93 40 time) and he has a tendency to panic a little under pressure (11 INTs last year), but he has a good arm and, from the videos I’ve seen, looks okay at reading defenses and making plays with his cannon. One knock is that he has never played against top competition. I’m definitelylooking forward to see how he performs in camp.
My favorite thing, by a mile, about him is how incredibly keen to be a part of the Chargers. He said in a recent interview that, “Ever since I got to meet Frank Reich, I knew I wanted to play for a coach like that,” and is also noted to have said that if he had gone as an UDFA he would have wanted to sign with the Chargers! What’s more is he is a former High School team mate of our very own Shareece Wright and apparently the two were really good friends (I read that Wright was the RB behind Sorensen the QB), which is good for him because hopefully it means he’ll settle in quickly.
As 7th rounders go, I’m happier every time I read about this kid. He has a way to go before he makes it as a starter, but I think he could eventually be a good backup to Phillip Rivers and can challenge Clipboard Charlie for a role on the final roster (who I think might be a potential cap casualty if Sorensen shows up in OTAs). He is a fairly unspectacular, but solid pickup who might just surprise when he gets into camp.
Now its your turn! What do you think of this pickup in the 7th?
Think we should have gone a different direction?
Once again thanks for reading!
Joe AKA BoltUpUK