Chargers Draft Board: Round 2

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 2, leaving only Round 1 as we lead up to the Draft. Round 1 will be out late Friday night.

Seven or eight players…

Not quite. With the Chargers stuck in the middle of the round they have expanded that list as they hope some player's fall, while holding contingency plans in place. They also have to consider any potential trade they may have and have a list of players in place.

A month ago it seemed the board would fall to them just right and the real players they targeted would be ripe for the picking. Now the players they have previously targeted have risen up draft boards faster than some forty times presented at the combines.

Names such as Rashean Mathis, Troy Polamalu, Sammy Davis, George Foster and Wayne Hunter dotted the Chargers landscape and all hold honorable mention as they were prodded and pulled during visits and pro days. Now they are mere names of the past as they figure to go somewhere between pick 15-46. Still those names are on some board, stored away in case needed, in the event they fall or the Chargers can trade down in round one, or trade up in round two, but our focus is on players who figure to be on the board in the 35-45 range.

Chargers Draft Board: Round 2

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 2nd round. The players the Bolts pick will be based solely on how the Draft board falls.

Julian Battle
Safety/Cornerback
Tennessee
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 205

Las Angeles Valley Junior College transfer who made an immediate impact on the program the day he stepped on campus. Started 13 games as a senior winning All-Conference honors, totaling 72 tackles, 1 interception and 4 pass defenses. Junior totals were 60/2/9 when he started every game.

The Chargers love his versatility and size, and are looking to bring in taller cover men similar to the Philadelphia Eagles. With Ryan McNeil slated to move to safety, Battle could move to a corner spot or they could start him out at safety so he can become comfortable in his role.

John Stinchcomb
Georgia
Offensive Tackle
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 302
Much celebrated lineman who has started the past four seasons garnering All-Conference and All-Academic honors throughout his Georgia career. Lined up at both tackle spots in Georgia's offensive scheme. Microbiology major.

Hudson Houck ran the Offensive line drills at the Georgia Pro Day in March. Who do you think warmed the guys up to what they would do in the drill segment of the day? Complete with film watching and more, Houck got his word out.

Eugene Wilson
Illinois
Cornerback
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 190

Three year starter impacting the team as both a cornerback and punt returner. Second team All-Conference choice as a senior recording 68 tackles, 1 interception and defending 13 passes. Posted 70/6/30 as a junior when he was first team All-League selection. Broke into the starting lineup as a true sophomore and posted 37/4/16. Top season returning punts was 2002, averaging 11.7 on 23 returns, bringing 1 back for a score.

The Chargers feel his knack for being around the ball is no fluke. With some minor work they also think those amazing passes defensed stats can be turned into more interceptions. He is quickly rising up boards, and may be tops on the Chargers second round list.

Nick Eason
Clemson
Defensive Tackle
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 301

First team All-Conference selection last season after producing 61 tackles, 9 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. Started every game as a junior posting 34/7/0 after 36/11/7 as a sophomore when he broke into the starting line-up.

This pick screams of John Butler's influence. Oddly enough the Chargers were the only team to show more than a passing glance his way during Senior Bowl week. They huddled with him and John Butler came away impressed with the young man. Eason would be an immediate leader and pay dividends in the community.

Ken Hamlin
Arkansas
Safety
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 209

Junior eligible who enters the draft after impacting the Arkansas program three consecutive seasons. First team All-Conference selection in 2002 after leading the defense with 159 tackles, 4 interceptions and also defending 11 passes. Originally an All-League choice the prior season after 118/3/10.

Hamlin hits like a truck on the football field and once you get past his checkered past you realize how good a football player he is. The Chargers have an eye out for Hamlin who has been very forward with them regarding his past and is working towards moving on with his career.

Vince Manuwai
Hawaii
Offensive Guard
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 304

Productive three year starter who's been used on the right side at both guard and tackle. Awarded a variety of All-Conference honors every season since he was a sophomore.

Manuwai also possesses a nasty side prompting one AFC scout to say, "He looks like he's going to bite you sometimes."

Just like the rest of the Hawaii team, one figures to be a Charger before the day is done. The Bolts, Marty in particular, came away impressed with all of the players he talked to at the June Jones led program.

Nick Barnett
Oregon State
Linebacker
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 225

Two year starter and former strong safety. All-Conference selection as a senior after leading the league with 121 tackles, also accumulating 20.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks and breaking up 7 passes. Originally received All-Conference honors as a junior when his tackle totals were 73/6/2.

"My short-term goal was to just get to the NFL, but I have long-term goals like being the best in the NFL, going to the Pro Bowl and staying in the league for 10 years," Barnett said.

The Chargers brought Barnett in for a tour of the facilities and to talk with various coaches. They came away impressed with the young man and think very highly of him, as do many teams in round 2.

Pisa Tinoisamoa
Hawaii
Linebacker
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 230

Junior eligible and three year starter at Hawaii. First team All-Conference selection in 2000 after leading Hawaii in tackles with 129, tackles for loss with 18 and a team high 6.5 sacks. Also recorded 2 interceptions. Second team all-WAC selection the prior season after posting 86 tackles.

Pisa has already told us, "Tell Mr. Butler I want to play here." Now that AJ Smith has taken over for the recently deceased John Butler, we passed the word on.

Marty absolutely loved the time he spent with Tinoisamoa. Nothing but good things to say, but with other pressing needs, picking him would be a tough pill to swallow in round 2.

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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