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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
QB expert thinks Chargers got draft 'find'

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Former NFL coach Sam Wyche knows quarterbacks.

That’s why San Diego fans should be excited.

Wyche worked this spring with Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton, whom San Diego took in the fifth round Saturday. Wyche believes Crompton has a chance to be a quality starter in the NFL.

"I think San Diego got one of the finds of the draft,” Wyche said. “He does a lot of things that excite you as a coach.”

San Diego took Crompton to be the No. 3 quarterback, replacing Charlie Whitehurst who was traded to Seattle. Backup quarterback Billy Volek is a free agent after the season, so Crompton has a chance to be the backup next year.

With starter Philip Rivers in his prime and one of the elite quarterbacks in the league, perhaps San Diego can flip Crompton for a couple of draft picks down the road like it did with Whitehurst.

Wyche believes Crompton will be a wanted commodity and is capable of leading an offense.

Wyche gushed about Crompton in several areas. He believes Crompton will succeed because of his strong arm, excellent football knowledge, leadership skills and toughness.

“He’s just very impressive,” Wyche said.

Wyche noted that Crompton persevered at Tennessee despite being in several systems. Many league observers believe Crompton came on strong as a senior under coach Lane Kiffin.

Wyche thinks Crompton will continue to progress under the tutelage of San Diego coach Norv Turner, a noted quarterback instructor.

“He’s in a great place,” Wyche said. ”He has two experienced quarterbacks to grow under without any pressure and a great coach in Norv to learn from ... This is a perfect spot for a good player.”