Meet the Chargers 7th Round Pick Brad Sorensen

The Chargers select Brad Sorensen in the 7th round

The Chargers select Brad Sorensen in the 7th round

Overview

Sorensen has had his fair share of experiences since completing his high school career in California, having already watched three of his brothers go off to play college football. He served a two-year Mormon mission in Spain, and then earned first-team all-Foothill Conference honors at San Bernardino Valley College (2,280 yards, 17 touchdowns, four interceptions) in 2008. He attempted to get playing time as a walk-on at BYU, but he redshirted the 2009 season and realized he would have a different time seeing the field with the signal-caller talent already there.

So he transferred to Southern Utah in January 2010, and won the starting job in spring practice. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,163 yards and 21 touchdowns, earning first-team All-Great West Conference honors. Sorensen bested that accolade as a junior, winning the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year award with similar statistical results (67.8 percent completion rate, 3,143 yards, 17 touchdowns). The team went 6-5 in both seasons with Sorensen at the helm. As a senior, Sorensen completed 273 passes out of 439 attempts (62.2 percent) and threw for 23 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.

Analysis

Strengths

Looks like an NFL pocket passer, usually leading the wide-open passing offense from a shotgun look. Uses his above-average arm strength to throw darts to the typical hitch and out routes to move the team along, though he flashes an ability to change his arm angles and unload a bullet if pressure is coming. Patient waiting for the deep dig to open up, and can fit the ball into tight windows on the sideline as well as over the middle. Throttles down that cannon arm, showing some touch on fades or when trying to throw over the top of a defender to lead his man downfield. Bullish runner, even acting as a lead blocker near the goal line on occasion, and can move out of the pocket and deliver the ball when needed.

Weaknesses

Not an exceptional athlete, won’t elude or run over NFL defenders. His decisions under pressure aren’t always what coaches like to see; trusts his arm too much, which leads to turnovers (his interceptions increased from six in 2010 to 11 in 2011). Hasn’t faced a lot of top-level competition in his career.

NFL Comparison

John Skelton

Bottom Line

An older prospects who served a Mormon mission after high school, Sorensen played one year of junior college before walking on at BYU, then transferring to SUU when it looked like his playing time in Provo would be limited. The 2011 Great West Offensive Player of the Year has the NFL size and arm to earn himself a late-round grade as a he fights for a spot on a team.

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