Whitehurst Heads West in Third Round

CLEMSON – There were several teams Charlie Whitehurst anticipated being picked by in Saturday's NFL Draft, and not a single one of them did it.

In a move that caught the Clemson quarterback off guard, the San Diego Chargers selected Whitehurst with the No. 17 pick in third round and the 81st overall.

Since the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February, the Chargers have been an afterthought for Whitehurst.

"I hadn't really spoken to them much since the combines," he said in his first interview after being drafted. "It caught me off guard. But I couldn't more excited."

Whitehurst, who owns 46 school records, will join fellow ACC alum Phillip Rivers in what many consider the best city in America.

They two are the only two ACC quarterbacks to beat Florida State twice in their career since the Seminoles joined the league in 1992.

The other quarterback in San Diego is six-year veteran and journeyman A.J. Feely.

"It's a good situation there," Whitehurst said. "I'm looking to go in and compete and see what happens."

After receiving the call, Whitehurst said the tension and anxiety had finally been lifted.

"It was more of a relief," he said. "I didn't want to go to sleep tonight without being picked. I was hoping that I was going to go in the second round, but it didn't come to fruition.

"They needed another guy and I'm just excited that it's over."

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