Morning links: Early impact players


Good morning. In this ESPN Insider piece, draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. writes that San Diego Chargers first-round selection Jason Verrett should earn a starting job for his new team in his rookie season, becoming one of the early impact players from the opening round.

The Chargers are No. 16 in ESPN’s post-draft NFL Power Rankings, down four spots from the last poll.

Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight examines what positions teams valued the most in this year’s draft. According to his research, teams used 52.9 percent of their draft points on offensive players, 47.1 percent on defensive players and .03 percent on specialty players.

Kyle Posey of Bolts from the Blue writes that Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano was one of the winners based on this year’s draft, receiving an upgrade of speed and talent on his side of the ball.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com reports that Verrett will wear No. 22. Jeremiah Attaochu will wear No. 97. Chris Watt is No. 65. Ryan Carrethers is No. 92. Marion Grice is No. 26 and Tevin Reese is No. 84.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes the Chargers filled the team’s desire to get faster through this year’s draft.

Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith of The Mighty 1090 talk with ESPN NFL Insider Louis Riddick about the Chargers’ draft choices in this audio link.

Gregg Easterbrook of ESPN.com writes a story on the decline of the running back.