SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers selected Marcus Gilchrist, a defensive back out of Clemson, on Friday in the second round of the NFL draft.
The player taken with the 50th overall pick is known for his strength and football smarts.
Gilchrist played cornerback last season and free safety in 2009 and excelled at both positions.
Gilchrist also has experience at as a returner, which is attractive to the Chargers. Gilchrist had 60 tackles, 10 pass breakups and an interception on defense and averaged 23.7 yards per kickoff return.
The major knock against him is his ability to create turnovers. He only had one interception in his college career.
With their second pick of the second round, the Chargers selected Jonas Mouton, an outside linebacker from Michigan.
Mouton was taken No. 61 overall with a selection acquired as part of a trade with the New York Jets for cornerback Antonio Cromartie following the 2009 season.
The 6-foot-1, 240-pound pass rusher led the Big Ten conference in tackles with 117 and had two sacks in 2010 for the Wolverines.
He played weakside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme, but will be a pass-rushing outside linebacker in the Chargers' 3-4 defense and will be expected to make an immediate impact on special teams.
The Chargers selected Vincent Brown, a wide receiver from San Diego State University, on Friday night in the third round of the NFL draft.
Brown was taken No. 82 overall and fills a need for the Chargers, a team with little depth at receiver.
Brown had 69 receptions for 1,352 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010 to conclude a productive career at San Diego State.
Brown had a subpar 40-yard dash (4.66 seconds), but he's an excellent route runner and impressed Chargers receivers coach Charlie Joiner, a Hall of Fame receiver. Brown is the 14th San Diego State player drafted by the Chargers.