Chargers Draft Prospectus V

With just under a month to go until Draft time, the news is heating up. Who is in favor with management is known, how the board will fall is not. Chargers Update has found out from Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview a day two defensive tackle is on the Chargers radar. This defensive tackle may even end up as an end one day and could sneak into the first day of the Draft…shh…

The Chargers have fallen in love with feisty little Dan Klecko of Temple. Klecko, the son of former NFL great Joe Klecko of the NY Jets "Sack Exchange", has a non-stop motor and plays the game like you want every one of your players to play.

Dan Klecko
Defensive Tackle/End
Temple
Ht: 5-11 WT: 273
40 Time: 4.7
Vertical Jump: 37
Broad Jump: 9'
Bench Press: 30 reps
Arm: 31
Hands: 9 ¾

"Dan Klecko is explosive and relentless but at the same time tiny compared to the rest of the prospects and has very short arms (normal arm-span is around 33-34 inches). Klecko displayed explosion, the ability to quickly alter their angle of attack and work hard. His relentless style made him stand above the rest." Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview


"At this weight, I can play pretty effectively with my quickness," said the 2002 Big East defensive player of the year. "It's a factor, but I don't put any stock in it. It obviously didn't affect me in college."

Klecko, who played both tackle and end for the Owls, led the Big East with 10 sacks, and hurried the quarterback 21 times. Being under 6 feet didn't seem to hinder him. He also led the Big east in tackles for a loss with 22.5. That placed him 4th nationally in that category and 11th nationally in sacks.

"People were just wondering if he's going to be big enough, and the only answer to that is he's the Big East defensive player of the year," said Jets general manager Terry Bradway. "The last time I looked, there were some pretty good guys at Miami that he beat out."

Klecko is being considered in rounds three and four of the NFL Draft, mainly dropping due to his lack of size. What he lacks in size, he makes up in all out effort. His name has, in fact, popped up everywhere, as it is hard to project the undersized Klecko and where he will fall.

The Chargers are in need of some muscle up the middle in terms of a big body, Klecko may not supply that, but his quickness could make him a candidate to play end as well as tackle in the NFL. He would be a perfect player to have on the inside on passing downs and despite his small stature he has proven he can make plays against the run on any down.

Assuming the Chargers fail to land a few of the players they covet in the early rounds, it is not outside the realm of possibility to see Klecko here next year playing a mixed role and getting in the face of the opposition with his hard work and attitude. Coach Marty Schottenheimer is in love with this guy since he never gives up on a play, and his leadership (he was captain of the Owls at Temple) would be immediate and infectious.

Special thanks to Tony Pauline who contributed to this report.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net or via the following link: Denis Savage

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