Chargers Draft Board: Round 3

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 3 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.

Last year round three produced starting linebacker Ben Leber. This year the Chargers are hoping they can again uncover a special player who will help the team this year and in the future.

Every team dreams of such success from third round talent, and this year offers up some special players who should be able to contribute right away in round three.

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 3rd round. The players the Bolts pick will be based solely on how the Draft board falls.

Draft Board Round 3

Drayton Florence
Tuskegee
Cornerback
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 198

All-Conference selection who totaled 41 tackles, 5 interceptions and 13 pass defenses as a senior. Registered 29/4/8 as a junior after 46/4/7 in 2000 when he played for Tennessee-Chattanooga.

"I spent about two hours with Buddy Nix (San Diego's director of player personnel)," Florence said. "We talked about a variety of things and watched film for about two hours. It was a great meeting, and I am really glad he took the time to sit down with me."

Nnamdi Asomugha
California
Safety/Cornerback
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 205

Starter in Cal's secondary the past three years. Totaled 53 tackles, 3 interceptions, and broke up 10 passes as a senior. Junior totals were 54/3/1 and sophomore totals were 76/1/5 when he led the team in tackles. Used at both safety and corner at Cal.

"I believe in leading by example. One can lead vocally, but that's just not me. I chose to let my actions speak. If you are doing the right things, there will always be someone to follow you," Asomugha said.

"Nnamdi is a gifted athlete in that he has great speed, great leaping ability and always gets a good jump on the ball," defensive secondary coach J.D. Williams said.

He worked out in front of Chargers scouts a day earlier than his Pro Day.

Rod Babers
Texas
Cornerback
Ht: 5-9 Wt: 192

First team All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 46 tackles, 2 interceptions and a team leading 21 pass breakups. Posted 40/1/17 and 21/2/10 as a junior and sophomore, respectively, spending both campaigns with the first unit. Top backup as a true freshman.

"I don't care what Rod tells you, but he helped me more than I helped him the last couple of years," said Quentin Jammer, the No. 5 overall selection by the San Diego Chargers in last year's NFL Draft. "I moved over from safety to cornerback my junior year and Rod worked with me a lot. He's a technique guy and a good one to learn from."

Dale Lindsey met with him at length during his pro day in March and watched him intently during the cornerback drills while also spending time talking to him at certain points. Babers did not work out, besides the drills, so he had extra time to spend with scouts and coaches.

Tony Pashos
Illinois
Guard
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 305

Four year starter who started every game he dressed for since he was a red-shirt freshman. Second team All-Conference selection as a senior after being first team All-League choice the prior year.

"At the Senior Bowl there were questions like, 'Did you ever want to be a nurse?' One was, 'If you could be Christopher Columbus or William Shakespeare, or both, which would you be? Or neither?' I picked Shakespeare," Pashos stated.

Luckily the Chargers didn't ask those questions, and spent time finding out if he would fit into their plans instead.

Derrick Dockery
Texas
Offensive Guard
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 347

First team All-Conference selection after moved into a starting role as a true sophomore. Used mainly at guard but also saw action at right tackle for the Longhorns.

"I want to show them that I'm versatile, and I'll play wherever they want me to play," he said. "One thing I have over Mike Williams and Leonard Davis is they only played one position (at Texas). I got to play right and left guard, and last season, I also played right tackle. I want to show them that as big as I am I can still move."

Yet at the combines one scout noted Dockery looked "woefully out of shape." The reason the Chargers are looking is because they still feel he would be a nice find in round three after being rated a 2nd rounder most of the year.

Terrance Holt
NC State
Safety
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 208

Three year All-Conference performer and earned All-America accolades as a senior. Posted 92 tackles, 3 interceptions and 7 pass defenses last season after 106/1/5 the prior year. Outstanding special teams player who has multiple punt blocks (12) to his credit and one of the better coverage teams players in the nation four years running.

Scouts have been following Holt around all year long as he was rated much higher early in 2002. They again caught up with him at the combines and the NC State Pro Day.

Teyo Johnson
Stanford
Wide Receiver
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 240
Sophomore entry and starter the past two seasons. Led the team in receiving last year with 41 receptions, 467 yards and 8 touchdowns. Totaled 38/565/7 the prior year and named conference's Co-Freshman of the Year. Two year letter winner for Stanford's basketball team, one of the nation's top programs.

When asked whether he would like to come back to San Diego and play for the Chargers, Teyo responded, "That would be awesome!"

"Teyo is a tremendous athlete with the size, skills and ability to have an outstanding career in the NFL," said Cardinal head football coach Buddy Teevens.

James Lofton spent time with Johnson and has formed a close relationship with him, especially since his son goes to Stanford.

Walter Young
Illinois
Wide Receiver
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 220

Three-year starter who caught 57 passes for 832 yards and 6 touchdowns last season after 50/890/8 in 2001 and 27/403/0 as a sophomore when he broke in with the first team.

Young is a converted QB who displays very good athletic skills, as well as good route running, excellent hands, and is an effective blocker downfield. This is a player with a considerable amount of upside.

Young spent the offseason working on his speed with former NFL WR Don Bebee. The Chargers, Marty Schottenheimer in particular, spent significant time with Young at the combines, evaluating him and talking to him. He was overshadowed at Illinois by the presence of Brandon Lloyd.

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 Denis@ChargerUpdate.com or via the following link: Denis Savage

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