Chargers Draft Board: Round 6

AJ Smith said in his Pre-Draft press conference that, "We'll have a group of players at each round, a plethora of players, anywhere between 7 or 8 players and we will be prepared to see how it unfolds." Based on information we have gathered regarding the list of hopefuls, we take a look at the Chargers Draft board and explain why each player is on that board. Today is round 6 and we will work our way back to round 1 as we lead up to the Draft. Round 1 will be out late Friday night.

Round 6, not all that different from round 7 in terms of quality athletes, it is more a crapshoot, or a game of pin the tail on the donkey. Some great players can be had if the board is setup right.

Inconsistency still breeds in round six and some surprises may even fall here. The Chargers are preparing for every angle, and so are we. In fact we have some surprises of our own, and maybe a little wishing on our part as well.

Round 6 Draft Board

The board is laid out as we see it through the Chargers eyes. This interest list is to give the reader a look into what the Chargers may be thinking come the 6th round. The players the Bolts pick will be based solely on how the Draft board falls.

Seth Marler
Tulane
Kicker
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195
One could make a case for Marler in the fifth round, but there is too much talent and interest by the Chargers in round five to use a pick on a kicker, of course depending how things pan out they could opt for a kicker in round 5.

When asked about which teams are most interested in him Marler said, "The Chargers, and the Seahawks."

Marler had a disappointing senior campaign, and with dual role duties as a kicker and punter he may have put undo emphasis on punting since it was his first year filling that role. Still he has plenty of leg and if the combines were a preview, he went 15-15 there, then great things lie ahead for Marler, including mentor Steve Christie.

John Anderson
Washington
Kicker
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 195

One of the best long distance kickers in college football history. He is 60 for 87 for a 68-percent success ratio, which is fifth in UW history. Anderson never missed any that really mattered.

Anderson made kicks to win games on the last play or in overtime three times. In 2000, Anderson made 14 of his last 17 field goals, including two in the Rose Bowl. And a 56-yarder against UCLA in 1999 forced the game into overtime.

"You just have to go out there and kick it like an extra point. I'm blessed that I don't have to kick any harder to make a 50-yarder than I would an extra point. I just have to go out there relaxed and try to make it."

Seth Wand
NW Missouri State
Offensive Tackle
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 321

All-Conference the past two seasons also garnering All-American notice. Started since his sophomore campaign after backing up as a red-shirt freshman. With the Chargers failing often to bring in a solid developmental offensive line prospect in recent Drafts, this mammoth tackle could be just the answer. He lacks strength and some fundamentals, all teachable traits.

"Being from a small school, you can't just tell all (the scouts) to come to Northwest Missouri State to check me out. They're not all going to do that. I just wanted them to see what I could do," said Wand referring to the combines and taking part of every drill.

Wand listed the Rams, Jets, Chiefs, 49ers and Chargers as teams he believed showed him the most interest at the combine. The Chargers specifically are enamored with his potential. He had a fantastic showing at the combine posting solid numbers across the board (except only 19 reps on the bench) and he is garnering more attention as the Draft draws near.

Osi Umenyiora
Troy State
Defensive End
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 278

Osi played three positions at Troy State and only has two years of experience at end after playing nose tackle and down tackle the two previous seasons. He did not even start playing football until he was a junior in high school. Osi had a breakout senior year with 57 tackles, 16 sacks, and 20.5 tackles for Loss, forced 3 fumbles and had 43 QB hurries.

Osi was not much of a factor when he played against top flight competition dropping him in the rankings to a sixth round grade.

The Chargers need a speedy end that can create pressure and learn behind Marcellus Wiley, Ray Lee Johnson and Adrian Dingle. Osi was not at the combine but Chargers scouts did make it to the on campus workout where Umenyiora performed well.

Calvin Carlyle
Oregon St.
Safety
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 186

Three year starter who posted 47 tackles with 2 interceptions and 8 pass defenses as a senior. Had his season cut short in 2001 after a shoulder injury shelved him two games into the season.

Carlyle may be projected as a corner as he lacks the typical safety size. He is very solid in coverage and would make a competent nickel back in the Pros. He is not refined at defending the run and he is not strong at the point of attack.

Carlyle made it into San Diego for a visit last week and the Chargers spent time checking out his injured shoulder, which has been a constant source of ire for Carlyle over the past few years. The Bolts seem to have come out of the tour pleased with the results and could take a late flier on him as they search for pass defenders near and far.

Ivan Taylor
LA-Lafayette
Cornerback
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 188

Taylor is a former running back who moved to cornerback for his senior season. He totaled 46 tackles and 8 passes defensed. It was only his second year of playing ball as he was academically ineligible for three seasons.

Taylor is a great athlete with little fundamentals. He is just beginning to learn the game and a new position, he is raw but offers tremendous upside. Taylor also offers blazing speed, something coveted by every team in the league.

Kassim Osgood
San Diego State
Wide Receiver
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 205

The local product began his college career as a defensive back at Cal-Poly before transferring and moving to receiver. Last season he caught 105 passes for 1,552 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Osgood's overall lack of speed has severely dampened his hype. Entering the combines he was quickly moving up draft boards until he posted pedestrian times, among the slowest at the event among receivers.

The Chargers provide Osgood with a team close to home and he could very well develop into a viable target as he always seemed to find a way to get open benefiting from the spread attack SDSU employs. As with any player so close, the Chargers have always been in contact with Osgood.

The opinions expressed here are solely those of Chargers Update based on intense research and player visits and interviews the Chargers have conducted. The actual board may be different than it appears here.

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

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