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Watt Were the Chargers Thinking?

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The San Diego Chargers have selected Notre Dame offensive lineman Chris Watt (66) in the third round of this year’s NFL Draft. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
The San Diego Chargers have selected Notre Dame offensive lineman Chris Watt (66) in the third round of this year’s NFL Draft. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The 2014 NFL Draft is in the books, and the pieces are beginning to take shape regarding how the San Diego Chargers’ roster will look this fall. 

The consensus is the selection of Notre Dame guard Chris Watt in the third round seems to be a bit of a reach. Why such a gamble from a team that had plenty of options available on the draft board? Many thought the Chargers had a bigger need at wide receiver instead of choosing to add depth on the offensive line. If the Bolts were looking for a guard, David Yankey from Stanford seemed like a better choice. Many of the draft experts had Watt projected to be no better than a fifth-round  pick.

The Chargers are looking to wear down opposing defenses with a potent running game, and they needed to make an upgrade at guard. Watt has displayed the necessary grit to be a dependable cog on the offensive line. His superior technique off the snap of the ball often puts him in a position to dominant.

Watt is a good character guy for inside the locker room, but he’s not entering training camp as a sure-fire starter unless injuries accelerate his ascension up the depth chart. At this stage of his career, Watt can make more of an impact as a run blocker. His slow footwork makes him beatable against complicated pass-rushing schemes that are designed up the middle.

This draft pick gives the Chargers a great opportunity to finally cut linebacker Larry English and guard Jeromey Clary and save themselves roughly $5 million in salary-cap space. Also, the move provides Chargers general manager Tom Telesco the needed flexibility to add a key piece to the roster if he so chooses. Unfortunately, some will look at this as a luxury pick by a team that is more than one player away from contending for a Super Bowl title.