The San Diego Chargers made four selections in Rounds 2-3 of the 2011 NFL Draft on Friday, selecting cornerback and kick returner Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson, and linebacker Jonas Mouton, Michigan, in the second round, and wide receiver Vincent Brown, San Diego State, and cornerback Shareece Wright, Southern California, in the third round.
The Chargers used their first of two picks in the second round (#50 overall) to select Gilchrist, a versatile, durable and strong athlete who is adept at covering receivers both outside and in the slot, and one who is also a legitimate return threat in the kicking game. Gilchrist put up 26 bench-press repetitions at the 2011 NFL Combine, second-most among all defensive backs. It wasn’t a surprise as Gilchrist won CU’s Strength Training Award during the Spring of 2010 as the Tigers’ strongest player pound-for-pound. As a senior at Clemson, Gilchrist earned honorable mention All-ACC honors after leading the Tigers with 10 passes defensed and averaging just under 24 yards per kickoff return and more than 10 yards per punt return. Gilchrist’s durability is a plus as the young corner tied Clemson’s school record by playing in 53 career games.
With their second pick in the second round (#61 overall), the Chargers snagged the Big Ten Conference’s top tackler Mouton as a fifth-year senior in 2010. Mouton recorded an astounding 264 total tackles as a three-year starter for the Wolverines, and the Los Angeles native was a second-team All-Big Ten choice in 2010 and received the Wolverines’ Roger Zatkoff Award as the team’s top linebacker.
The Chargers stayed close to home with their first of two picks in the third round (82), grabbing San Diego State’s Brown, the third all-time leading receiver in school history with 209 catches and 3,110 yards, and a two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection. Just the 12th 1,000-yard receiver in school history as a senior in 2010, Brown’s 1,342 yards were fourth-best on the school’s single-season charts. Brown, who ranked fifth in school history with 23 career touchdowns, helped the ’10 Aztecs to their first bowl win since 1969. Brown becomes the 14th Aztec drafted by the Chargers and the first since quarterback Jesse Freitas in 1974.
The Chargers also stayed close to home with later in the third round (89), grabbing Southern California’s Wright, a native of Colton, California, near Los Angeles. Wright, who missed most of the 2008 and ’09 seasons, came back with a strong performance as a senior in 2010, racking up a career-high 73 tackles and 13 passes defensed.
Source: San Diego Chargers