Chargers wrap up draft with four picks

With four picks in the final two rounds the San Diego Chargers wrapped up their draft by taking Ryan Krause, a wide receiver out of Nebraska-Omaha in round six, and with three picks in round seven selected Ryon Bingham, a nose tackle out of Nebraska, Shane Olivea, an offensive tackle from Ohio State, and Carlos Joseph, an offensive tackle out of Miami.

In the sixth round, with the 169th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers selected Ryan Krause, a wide receiver out of Nebraska-Omaha.

Krause is a 6-3, 240 pound receiver that may be moved to an H-back role similar to what Josh Norman provided in the past.

Krause was the third receiver in Nebraska-Omaha history to have over 1,000 receiving yards in a season, and ended his collegiate career as No. 2 in career receiving yards with 2,566.

He caught 67 passes as a senior for 1,066 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a reward, he was named the most valuable receiver in the North Central Conference.

Krause had four 100-yard games this year and nine for his career. He also owns three of the top six best games by a receiver in school history with games of 180, 173 and 171 yards. He caught 9 passes or more in a game three times this year and had 22 career touchdown catches.

In the seventh round, with the 204th overall pick, they selected Ryon Bingham, a nose tackle out of Nebraska.

Bingham was a two year starter who totaled 56 tackles, eight stops behind the line and two sacks as a senior after posting 67 tackles, 9 stuffs and 1.5 the prior year.

Bingham, a former wrestler, which has been a trend for the Chargers picks this year, battled to stay healthy during his career.

He is known as a run stuffer and one person compares Bingham to another former Nebraska lineman and one of the better run-stoppers the NFL has seen in the last decade. "I was told that I reminded them of John Parrella." Bingham stated.

In the seventh round, with the 209th overall acquired from Atlanta for Trevor Gaylor, they selected Shane Olivea, an offensive tackle from Ohio State that may move inside to guard.

Olivea is another Senior Bowl performer, playing for the North Squad. Olivea started all 13 games as a senior playing a team leading 368 minutes. In total, he has played in 41 games, starting 35 of those contests.

He was named to a second-team spot on the All-Big Ten team and earned honors from the OSU coaching staff as the offensive lineman of the week following the Iowa and Penn State games. He began 2001 as a likely starter at guard, but was moved to tackle prior to the start of the season and became a fixture there during the next three years.

In the seventh round, with the 254th overall pick obtained as a compensatory pick, the San Diego Chargers selected Carlos Joseph, an offensive tackle out of Miami and brother of the Giants Williams Joseph.

Joseph started the last two years, spending one season at left tackle and his senior year on the right side.

The former defensive lineman moved to the offensive side of the ball in 2001, backing up the left tackle spot. He was a second-team All-BIG EAST Conference selection at left tackle by the league's head coaches in 2002, but regressed in 2003 when he moved to his new position.

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