Chargers Grab Kaeding, Hardwick

The Chargers picked up an extra third round pick in the trade with the New York Giants enabling them to pick back-to-back in the third with picks 65 and 66. <br><br> With the 65th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers selected Nate Kaeding, the placekicker out of Iowa and with the 66th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers selected Nick Hardwick a center out of Purdue.

There was hope that Darnell Dockett might slip to them in round three. It was not a desperate need with the team picking Olshansky in round two, but may have been too tough to pass up. He was picked one slot before they drafted by the Cardinals.

Nate Kaeding fills the need for a stud placekicker they have been lacking since they let John Carney go. Kaeding is a consistent kicker that has long range ability. The Chargers met with Kaeding when the team went out to scout Robert Gallery and were impressed with his character.

Kaeding had an inkling he might end up in San Diego, especially when the other team scouting him hard lost their third round pick to the Chargers. The other team, the Giants, ironically traded their third round pick, which was subsequently used to select Kaeding, in the deal for Eli Manning.

Nick Hardwick is a hard working center out of Purdue. The Chargers had lost their backup center, Cory Raymer, this offseason and needed some insurance. The Chargers became enamored with Hardwick when he played during the Senior Bowl, for the North Squad.

The Chargers believe he can handle more weight on his frame and become a dominant player on the line because of his undying work ethic. He originally played along the defensive line before moving to guard as a junior and to center as a senior.


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