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Max Tuerk drafted by San Diego Chargers No. 66 overall

Versatile and athletic offensive lineman Max Tuerk is selected by the San Diego Chargers in the third round with the No. 66 pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

OL Max Tuerk

Drafted: Round 3, No. 66 overall

Team: San Diego Chargers

Bio Info

Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic
6-foot-5, 298 pounds
32 1/2-inch arm length
10 3/4-inch hands
26 reps on bench press [USC Pro Day]

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings

Four-star prospect
No. 4 center in the draft
No. 95 overall prospect

Other Draft Rankings

CBS: No. 85 overall, No. 3 C
ESPN: No. 115 overall, No. 3 C No. 3 C

USC Career:

Max Tuerk was a force on the USC offensive line for three and a half years until tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against Washington in October this season. Wherever a team needs Tuerk, he can play. He played all three offensive line positions during his time as a Trojan, starting at left tackle as a freshman before eventually becoming a stud center. He finished with 38 career starts with 18 at center, 14 at left guard, five at left tackle and one at right tackle.

Despite his size, Tuerk is an athletic lineman capable of getting to the outside when pulling. He does a great job of getting to the second level as well. The former Santa Margarita Catholic product was a quiet leader and an offensive captain. During his junior year, Tuerk was named USC's Offensive Lineman of the Year and was an All-Pac-12 first team member after being an honorable mention for the conference team his first two seasons.

Expert Breakdown: 

“Athletic, but undersized center who gives tremendous pound­-for­-pound effort on every rep. Tuerk uses hand strength and plus balance and body control to make up for a lack of power, but his knee injury and below average mass for the position will certainly scare some teams away. Tuerk can handle himself in any scheme but is a fit for primarily zone scheme rushing attacks who don't face many 3­-4 fronts within their division.” – Top Stories