Chargers Draft Board: Round 5

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 5 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.

The middle of the board. Zeke Moreno was a fifth round choice. So was Adrian Dingle. Then again so were Elliot Silvers and Cedric Harden.

Gold or bust, the only real options for every round. Gold may be defined differently in the mining process, some may be a king's treasure while others may be enough to get you by for a few years. Either way it is still gold. Moreno looks to be the starter this year at linebacker in place of Junior Seau, and Dingle has seen his playing time increase every year. These picks are the ones that win Championships.

It stands to reason that the board is littered with talent; the Chargers brass just has to find it.

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 5th round. The players the Bolts pick will be based solely on how the Draft board falls.

Draft Board Round 5

Dan Klecko
Temple
Defensive Tackle
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 283

Four year starter awarded the 2002 Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year and named to several All-American teams after posting 68 tackles and leading the league with 22.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

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.

Steve Sciullo
Marshall
Offensive tackle
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 330

Sciullo was a four year starter who manned both the left and right tackle spots for Marshall and first team All-Conference selection as both a junior and senior. Dressed for more than 50 consecutive games with the first team, a rare bench mark for college lineman.

Entering the season Sciullo was rated as a solid third round prospect. Now if he lasts to round five he may become the steal of the draft. He played well protected Byron Leftwich and has the intelligence to really improve his play. He projects as a right tackle at the next level.

Former Marshall player and current Charger Rogers Beckett was in attendance with scouts from the Chargers during the Marshall Pro Day in March and Beckett made it back to their second audition late in the month.

Mike Nattiel
Florida
Linebacker
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 226

The Chargers struck once with a fifth round linebacker and may hope to do the same this year. Nattiel played in 35 regular season games with 16 starts. For his career, has 162 total career tackles (93 solo) with 16 "Big Plays" (5 Stuffs, 3 forced hurries, 3 fumble recoveries, 3 interceptions and 3 pass deflections).

During Senior Bowl week Nattiel was outstanding in pass coverage and broke up a lot of throws in all areas of the field. He had a good understanding for what was happening and his stock is rising. The Chargers spent extensive time with him then.

Charles Tillman
Louisiana-Lafayette
Cornerback
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 207

All-Conference selection as a senior totaling 100 tackles, 2 interceptions and breaking up 8 passes. Tillman finished his career with 284 tackles (182 solos) with two sacks, nine stops behind the line of scrimmage, seven forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, twelve interceptions, 31 pass deflections and three blocked kicks.

Tillman is a leader on and off the field and the Bolts think very highly of this small school sleeper. He may not make it until the fifth round, but will be hard to pass up if he does.

Tim Provost
San Jose State
Offensive Tackle
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 299

Former 230 pound defensive end who started 46 consecutive games at right tackle for San Jose State. Second team All-Conference selection as a senior. With no backups on the San Diego roster at offensive tackle, Damion McIntosh a year away from unrestricted free agency and Vaughn Parker on the wrong side of 30, the Chargers need developmental depth.

Provost would add depth and may move inside to guard one day. He is a menacing run blocker but has trouble blocking in space and on the second level. Hudson Houck would be asked to work his magic and make Provost a solid all around player.

Chargers scouts spent some time during the combines looking into Provost and his upside cannot be forgotten.

Arnaz Battle
Notre Dame
Wide Receiver
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 213

Started thirteen games as a senior leading the team in receiving with 58 catches for 786 yards and 5 scores. Battle has the ability to be a solid number 2 receiver one day, but his lack of downfield speed has dropped him in the rankings.

Chargers Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer spent a significant amount of time watching Battle during the Senior Bowl and personally went up to him to talk shop.

Seth Marler
Tulane
Kicker
How can Seth be on both this list when he was on the round 6 list? That's easy folks. If the Bolts feel someone, such as Seattle will pick him, they could very easily use the fifth round pick to get a kicker.

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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