Tyronne Green was a two-year starter for the Tigers.
"I didn't know for sure, but before the draft I told my agent and my family that it was going to be the Chargers, just kind of joking around. San Diego is one of the places where I had taken a trip to meet the coaches.
"They showed me the facilities and everything there," he points out. "The offensive line coach for the Chargers told me that he really liked me and he was going to fight hard to get me.
"I didn't know for sure it would be the Chargers," he adds. "It was an unknown to me just like it is other people in the draft, but I can say I am happy about it.
"I think I am going to fit in real well there," Green says. "I have my old buddy Marcus McNeill (former Auburn offensive tackle) there and he will be able to guide me along. I am excited about it and I am ready to get started."
Green says his phone has "blown up" since he was selected by the Chargers with friends calling to congratulate him.
"I watched the draft at home with my family," he notes. "I was hoping they would speak up a little earlier and call my name, but it felt great to hear my name called. Playing in the NFL has been a long-time dream and now I have an opportunity to do that.
"It was funny sitting there watching TV and seeing guys you know have their names on the screen and then seeing your name and your highlights," he notes. "I was happy and it felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulder."
Green is scheduled to fly to San Diego on Saturday for a mini-camp as he begins what he hopes is a long NFL career. Green signed with Auburn out of Woodham High in Pensacola, Fla., in 2004 and redshirted that year as a defensive lineman. He moved to offense in 2005 and saw limited action at guard in four games.
He played in all 13 games as a reserve guard in 2006 and was a starter at guard the past two years.
Green is the third Tiger selected in this year's draft joining second round pick Sen'Derrick Marks, who was taken by the Tennessee Titans, and third round pick Jerraud Powers who was selected by the Indianapolis Colts.