Jamaal Jones

NFL Network's Mike Mayock speaks on set during the 2013 NFL Draft on April 27, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY. (AP Photo/Ben Liebenberg)

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock speaks on set during the 2013 NFL Draft on April 27, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY. (AP Photo/Ben Liebenberg)

 

As you all know by now, the Los Angeles Chargers used their first-round pick on Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams.

Reactions from both the media and fans have been all over the board.

When it comes to NFL news, I prefer to stick to the network that specializes in covering America’s favorite sport: NFL Network.

Other than Steve Mariucci, Mike Mayock is my favorite cat on NFL Network, with Daniel Jeremiah and Adam Rank fitting in there somewhere, too.

Mayock dropped an article on NFL.com, highlighting his thoughts on each draft choice in the first round, including his take on the newest wide receiver to don lightning bolts.

 

7. Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Analysis: “Mike Williams is all about separating with length, power and catch radius. He’s a dominating, physical presence. He’s a back-shoulder guy. You’ll love him in the red zone.”

 

Though his time as an NFL player may be forgotten by most, Mayock knows his shit. He is NOT some Mel-Kiper-Todd-McShay toolbox, looking to make a living off of having very little knowledge of the NFL game. (Don’t @ me)

Initially — yeah, it just happened and I am already adjusting — I was infuriated by the selection, adding a wideout with the squad’s first choice was a bit puzzling.

But, in reality, what do I know?

The Chargers currently have these wideouts on their roster: Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman, MIKE WILLIAMS, Da’Ron Brown, Isaiah Burse, Geremy Davis, Javontee Herndon and Jamaal Jones.

Booga Peters

berko1

As soon as they hung up the phone after the seventh round selection in the NFL Draft the San Diego Chargers busily started making calls to sign their undrafted free agent class. Twenty players have been signed to compete for roster spots. Here is the full list.

Mike Berkovici QB, Arizona State

Terrell Chestnut CB, West Virginia

Kenneth Farrow RB, Houston

Tyler Johnstone OT, Oregon

Sebastian Johansson G, Marshall

Jamaal Jones WR, Montana

Chris Landrum OLB, Jacksonville State

Mike McQueen G, Ohio

Adrian McDonald S, Houston

Tyler Marcordes OLB, Georgia Tech

Spencer Pulley C, Vanderbilt

Shaq Pettway LB, West Virginia

Zeth Ramsay OT, Colorado Mesa

Deandre Reaves WR, Marshall

Jay Rome TE, Georgia

Larry Scott CB, Oregon State

Chris Swain RB, Navy

Dominique Williams WR, Washington State

Trevor Williams CB, Penn State

Carlos Wray DE, Duke

Unless you’re a college football aficionado most of these names are unfamiliar but there are a handful of names here to keep an eye on. Living in Phoenix, I have seen Mike Berkovici in person and he is a great story of hard work and perseverance. Instead of transferring schools when ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly was getting all the on-field time, Berkovici stayed true to his team and supported Kelly. After finally getting his starting opportunity when Kelly was injured at the beginning of the 2014 season, Berkovici led the Sun Devils to a 5-1 record including hanging a 510-yard, 5-touchdown game on USC on the road. Check out the clip below of the 2016 Cactus Bowl shootout against West Virginia.

Berkovici had a breakout season in 2015 where he took over the reins for the departed Kelly. Last season he went 318-531 for 3,855 yards, 30 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He also ran for 347 yards and 6 touchdowns. Berkovici had three games last season where he threw for 395 yards or more. In each he had at least four touchdowns. I was in attendance when ASU hosted the Oregon Ducks in what turned into a 61-55 3-overtime shootout. Berkovici went 32-53 for 398 yards and 5 touchdowns in a controversial loss.

Calling my shot here. Berkovici will make the team.

Another diamond in the rough could be Adrian McDonald out of Houston. Semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe award (given to the top defensive back), McDonald (5″11′, 205 lbs.) is a playmaker and legitimate ball hawk, swiping 17 interceptions over his career at Houston.

San Diego is determined to make sure the center position is solidified this season not only with the selection of Max Tuerk in the third round but by adding Pulley in the undrafted free agent class. With his great size (6″4′, 300 lbs.) and obvious mastery of his technique (35 pancake blocks in 2015), this will be a position battle to watch this offseason.

The future is looking a lot brighter than it did a week ago.

What do you think Boltfam? Leave your thoughts below.

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

#ChargersDraft2016

Shop for Authentic Autographed Chargers Collectibles at SportsMemorabilia.com
Subscribe

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Shop for Authentic Autographed Chargers Collectibles at SportsMemorabilia.com


Copyright © 2013. All Rights Reserved.