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Recent Draft History: San Diego Chargers

 2008 Draft:

1 (27) Antoine Cason, CB  STARTER
A solid player and a sure tackler, he is developing nicely.  If he can work on defensing passes more, he will turn out to be a pretty great pick, but even where he is at, the Chargers are geting what they are paying for.
3 (69) Jacob Hester, FB  Backup
After a very slow start that would have made even Charger's fans ask who he was, Hester started to come into his own as the Charger's playoff push began.  His hands and athleticism complement that Charger's offense very well,  and his blocking got significantly better as the season wore on.  If he continues to improve in the blocking game he should pan out as the ideal offensive weapon for the Charger's scheme.
5 (166) Marcus Thomas, RB  Practice Squad/Browns
After being waived in training camp by the Chargers he was signed and subsequently waived by both the Lions,a nd then the Cowboys, who kept him on their practice squad for the 2008 season.  He currently has signed a reserve/futures contract with the Cleveland Browns
6 (192) Dejuan Tribble, CB  Backup
An exciting prospect with some injury history to overcome.  The Chargers are being patient with him, and with decent depth on the rsoter ahead of him, they can afford to wait.
7 (234) Corey Clark, OT  Backup
A good prospect who hasn't seen the field but could be a solid tackle.  Of interest is that if he looks like he can step in at tackle, that could actually shift Jeromey Clarey inside where his strength would be utilized better, and would make the SD oline get younger in a hurry.

 2007 Draft:

1 (30) Buster Davis, WR  Backup
A young confident receiver who has just about used up his time in San Diego.  He has struggled with consistency and injuries, but a recent surgery may help to correct a chronic groin problem for him.  He will be expected to produce in 2009, and as a smart, big-time playmaker, the Chargers would be a lot better with him playing up to his full potential.
2 (37) Eric Weddle, S  STARTER
A great tackler with some coverage issues, but overall a solid fill-in for a safety roster that is only now beginning to shape up, after several years of dysfunction.  The closer they can move Weddle to the line, the better off they will be.
3 (96) Anthony Waters, LB  Out of NFL
After missing his rookie season due to injury, and only logging 3 tackles in 8 games as a sophmore, the Chargers decided to part ways with the young LBer.  Rumors of off-field incidents seem to have prompted the decision.
4 (129) Scott Chandler, TE  Backup
3rd TE on San Diego may as well be the bottomless pit.  Chandler has only had an opportunity to stand on the sidelines, watch, and learn, and in 2008, saw a preseason toe injury send him to IR for the year.
5 (172) Legedu Naanee, WR  Backup
A young stud who is developing nicely into a YAC monster, but who can't consistently get on the field, due to depth at the position.  He needs to step up and try to outplay the vets this year, but regardless of the training camp outcome, he is a solid player to have ont he roster.
6 (240) Brandon Siler, ILB  Backup
The Charger's are hanging onto this role-player for now.  he has been excellent in short yardage situations, where he is asked to disrupt the lanes and clog holes.  If he can show the coaches he could be out on a few more downs, the Charger's could use him.
4 (28) Paul Oliver, CB  Backup
Taken in the Supplemental draft, this very intelligent player was left to learn on his own for the 2007 season, but managed to step into some good plays in 2008, including an interception int eh endzone to help seal away the 2008 AFC West crown, and a playoff spot.

 2006 Draft:

1 (19) Antonio Cromartie, CB  STARTER
Though he performed very well behind the 2006 and 2007 pass rush, in 2008, with Merriman out and playing with a hip injury of his own, Cromartie showed that he isn't the most physical tackler and that his risk taking and playing off of receivers allows far too many completions in his area.  Not the stellar player they thought he was, the Charger's look to be astutely waiting for his contract to come up, where he is as likely to wait as to stay, and with good prospects waiting in the wings, it seems like a really smart move.
2 (50) Marcus McNeill, OT  STARTER
After a surprise Pro Bowl appearance had McNeill looking like the steal of the 06 draft, his play fell off some in 2007 and in 2008 a freak injury (stinger) that kept him out of four games seemed to have rattled him significantly, as he was up and down all season.  The Chargers will be watching him closely to see if the issues linger, and if so, they will address the position sooner than later, since the opposite side of the line could use an upgrade.
3 (81)  Charlie Whitehurst, QB  Backup
Nothing to see here, just your standard issue, clip-board toting, third string QB....
5 (151) Tim Dobbins, ILB  STARTER
A solid mid-round pick who got an opportunity to play in 2008 and brought some fierce tackling to the mix.  He has issues in pass coverage, but still looks to be the leading candidate for the spot opposite Stephen Cooper in the middle.
6 (181) Jeromey Clary, T  STARTER
This big bruiser isn't much of a technician at RT, and this could lead to his being moved inside to take over for the underperforming Mike Goff at RG.  With a chance at T in the draft, and intriguing depth on the roster, the Chargers could consider this.
6 (182) Kurt Smith, K  Out of NFL
An early pick on a kicker once again doesn't quite pan out.  The Chargers cut him, the Saints gave him a look, and now he is a free agent.
7 (225) Chase Page, DT  Backup/ Dolphins
After being sniped from the Chargers' practice squad, Page ended up spending 2008 on the Dolphins' IR.
7 (227) Jimmy Martin, T  Out of NFL
Released by the Chargers, subsequently signed and released by the Patriots, currently out of the NFL.