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Chargers sign rookies Stuckey, Epps

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By PFW staff

The Chargers signed two 2010 draft picks late Thursday, S Darrell Stuckey and TE Dedrick Epps, to four-year contracts.

Stuckey, the team's fourth-round pick and the 110th choice overall, had a combined 190 tackles during his final two seasons at Kansas, along with six interceptions and a sack. He is expected to compete for San Diego's starting strong safety job in training camp, likely going against veteran Steve Gregory.

In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote that the 5-11, 205-pound Stuckey is a "fluid mover with good body control" but "can be late to read and react."

Epps, the club's seventh-round selection and the 235th pick overall, caught 19 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns as a senior at Miami (Fla.). He's unlikely to see much playing time as a rookie.

In the 2010 Draft Preview, Nawrocki wrote that the 6-3, 246-pound Epps "shows the ability to get a step on linebackers and beat man coverage" but "lacks the bulk to block in line and is too easily stood up."

The Chargers now have three of their six draft picks under contract.


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