Chargers Draft Prospectus IV

So many questions surround the 2004 NFL Draft and so little answers until the bell rings and the San Diego Chargers, on the clock right now, select the first player. What isn't so unknown are players the Chargers have shown initial interest in as they prepare their draft board. Nothing works out exactly as planned, but the staff has their eyes open wide and are viewing a possible late round selection/undrafted free agent.

As has been the case for the past two seasons, the Chargers again have their eyes on an offensive lineman – preferably in undrafted free agency.

With the team having success in recent years with the acquisition of Jason Ball and Phil Bogle, and an offensive line that is shaky at best at the present time, undrafted free agents will be buzzing around to be a part of the Hudson Houck plan.

When scouts are sent to a Division III school, it comes as no surprise then that the Chargers scouting department led the charge. Such was the case in Louisiana.

Matt Miller
Louisiana College
Right Tackle
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 325
Bench: 32 reps
One sack allowed as a senior

Miller could not recall the name of the only player to be selected from a DIII school last year, Ryan Hoag. He understands he has a lot of work to do, but he has recently reaped many rewards. Since he is in Louisiana, teams coming through to see LSU are taking a detour to view the mammoth tackle.

"It started with Cleveland and San Diego," Miller recalls of a fall visit during his senior campaign.

Since then it has snowballed and many teams are checking out the man who started every game over his four year career at Louisiana College, mostly at tackle.

From what he has been told, Miller will likely play guard at the next level. That suits him fine.

"The offensive line coaches from San Diego and Kansas City are scheduled to come out here to have a private workout with me," Miller says.

He is strong, agile and has dominated opponents for Division III Louisiana College. For his efforts, Miller earned second team All-Louisiana, with Louisiana College the only Division III football school in the state and the rest Division I football playing schools. He also earned American Southwest Conference tri-offensive lineman of the year, 1st team All-American Southwest Conference, Named to d3football.com's All-American team (2nd team), and Don Hansen's football Gazette All-Southern Regional team.

He also helped pave the way for the Conferences regular season leading rusher, Wayne Davis (1381 yards), including Wayne's record breaking game in which he gained 322 yards against McMurry this year.

The only thing that awaits is the Hudson Houck seal of approval. Given his track record thus far, Miller could be another in a growing list of finds.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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