Chargers take center Max Tuerk in 3rd round

The USC product is recovering from a torn ACL.

Several years ago, the Chargers selected center Chris Watt in the third round of the 2014 draft.

Today, they selected another center in the third round: USC product Max Tuerk.

Tuerk started at center, guard and tackle during his time with the Trojans. He suffered a torn ACL in October from which he is still recovering; Chargers general manager says Tuerk is "coming along well" since the injury and praised his length, football intelligence and althletic ability.

"[My] knee is doing great right now," said Tuerk, who added he's about seven months since surgery. "It's feeling strong. No limitations in the weight room."

Tuerk will compete for the starting job alongside Watt, who has had a tough time staying healthy during his career with the Chargers and started just eight games in the last two seasons.

"I was really hoping the Chargers took me," Tuerk said. "I'm a California guy, grew up in Southern California. It's a dream come true. It's hard to even explain."

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