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Regrading The San Diego Chargers’ 2012 NFL Draft

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San Diego Chargers' 2012 NFL Draft

2012 NFL Draft San Diego Chargers Melvin Ingram
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The San Diego Chargers' 2012 NFL Draft class has turned out to be very solid group, but the class has dealt with several injuries. Three of the top five draft picks (Ingram, Taylor and Troutman) have missed extensive time due to injuries, but I'll touch on that later. Overall this group has preformed well for the Bolts and should only get better going forward.

1st Round, Pick 18: OLB Melvin Ingram

San Diego Chargers Melvin Ingram
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1st Round, Pick 18: OLB Melvin Ingram

San Diego Chargers Melvin Ingram
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Ingram didn't have the impact San Diego expected during his rookie year. He missed the most of last season with a knee injury, but got back on the field at the end of the year to help the Chargers into the playoffs. That's when Ingram really started to play well. He didn't have big numbers but put relentless pressure on the Bengals QB Andy Dalton in the playoffs and came up with a huge interception. He's a breakout candidate this year.

Grade: B

2nd Round, Pick 49: DE Kendall Reyes

San Diego Chargers Kendall Reyes
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2nd Round, Pick 49: DE Kendall Reyes

San Diego Chargers Kendall Reyes
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Reyes has played great for the Chargers over his first two years with the club. He has been durable with 34 starts (including playoffs) over that span and recorded 10.5 sacks. His consistent play for San Diego should only continue going forward.

Grade: A

3rd Round, Pick 73: S Brandon Taylor

San Diego Chargers Brandon Taylor
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3rd Round, Pick 73: S Brandon Taylor

San Diego Chargers Brandon Taylor
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Taylor hasn't been the consistent starting safety alongside Eric Weddle that the Chargers envisioned he would be. He's dealt with his fair share of injuries over the past two years and has only played four games. The Chargers now look to be set at safety with Weddle, Marcus Gilchrist and Jahleel Addae, but if Taylor can get healthy he could see time at nickel.

Grade: C-

4th Round, Pick 110: TE Ladarius Green

San Diego Chargers Ladarius Green
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4th Round, Pick 110: TE Ladarius Green

San Diego Chargers Ladarius Green
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Antonio Gates has deservedly received the majority of snaps at tight end, but the 24-year-old Green broke out in a small way last season with nine receptions, 206 yards and two touchdowns over a three-game span in the middle of the year. Green should see his playing time drastically increased this year with Gates entering his 12th season. Green's combination of size, speed and athleticism will benefit Philip Rivers in the passing game.

Grade: B+

5th Round, Pick 149: OG Johnnie Troutman

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5th Round, Pick 149: OG Johnnie Troutman

San Diego Chargers Johnnie Troutman
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Troutman missed all of his rookie year with a torn pectoral injury, but he stepped in and played very well last season. He started nine games when the Chargers' offensive line was hit with multiple injuries. He'll likely go into this year as a backup, but he provides San Diego with good depth.

Grade: B+

7th Round, Pick 226: C David Molk

San Diego Chargers David Molk
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7th Round, Pick 226: C David Molk

San Diego Chargers David Molk
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Molk is now a backup with the Eagles after playing 12 games for the Chargers. Most of his time was spent on special teams and as an extra lineman on short-yardage plays.

Grade: C

7th Round, Pick 250: RB Edwin Baker

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7th Round, Pick 250: RB Edwin Baker

San Diego Chargers Edwin Baker
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Baker is now a backup with the Browns and spent the majority of his time on the Chargers' practice squad. He played three games for the Browns last season rushing for 171 yards on 43 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Grade: C-