Chargers Add Depth on Draft's Final Day

The Chargers rounded out their 2011 draft class by picking U-Conn RB Jordan Todman and Michigan OT Steve Schilling in Round Six and Missouri OLB Andrew Gachkar in Round Seven. All three players will add depth and contribute on special teams, an obvious area of emphasis in this year's draft haul.

The Chargers led off Day Three of the NFL Draft by tabbing the likely successor to free-agent-to-be Darren Sproles, Connecticut's Jordan Todman, in Round Six.

Todman ran for more than 1,000 yards in each of his final two seasons, including 1,695 as a senior, and rushed for 14 touchdowns in both of those campaigns. He shows incredible patience and balance, allowing him to gain yards after contact.

The reigning Big East Offensive Player of the Year, Todman will also be in the mix on special teams. He averaged 25.0 yards on 37 kickoff returns during his career.

Because of his size (5-foot-9, 195 lbs.), his best shot to contribute on offense is as the third-down back. He has soft hands and is strong in pass protection, showing the ability to cut down oncoming rushers. Once he gets in space, he is nearly as dangerous as the man he will be asked to replace.

OL Steve Schilling
San Diego's second sixth-round pick was Michigan OT Steve Schilling. A.J. Smith loves to pick up offensive linemen late in the draft and develop them; Schilling is now this year's project.

Schilling (6-foot-4, 308 pounds) was drafted to play tackle for the Chargers despite spending his final two seasons at guard. He will provide some level of protection at that position in the event starting right tackle Jeromey Clary leaves as a free agent.

Schilling has the necessary experience to be an early contributor, having started 49 of a possible 50 games at Michigan. His experience as an interior lineman is also a plus, as the Chargers could possibly lose OG/C Scott Mruczkowski in free agency, as well.

Schilling will have at least one familiar face with him in San Diego; college teammate Jonas Mouton was drafted by the Chargers in Round Two.

San Diego closed out its 2011 draft by picking LB Andrew Gachkar. Although he played OLB at Missouri, he projects on the inside of San Diego's 3-4 defense.

While the Chargers entered this draft looking for help at inside linebacker, an area that is at risk of being gutted by free agency, the selection of Gachkar is all about special teams. At 228 lbs., Gachkar has the ideal build for chasing down opposing kick returners.

Gachkar finished his career with 203 tackles, four sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions. He posted 84 of those tackles during a stellar senior year that propelled him onto San Diego's draft radar.

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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 16 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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