Chargers Undrafted Interview: Jason Lenzmeier

Offensive tackle.<br><br> A topic that causes most San Diego Chargers fans to bear their teeth like a vampire and hiss as if a cross just appeared.<br><br> It has been the bane of their existence as year after year they see it go largely ignored. Even All-World running back LaDainian Tomlinson needs some protection, a cross to help him thwart defenders seeking blood.<br><br> Even in undrafted free agency the team grabbed just one player, and boy is Jason Lenzmeier excited about that.

As if seeking his own kill, Jason Lenzmeier couldn't have asked for a better situation to come into. When undrafted players are looking for a team, they seek out a place where they can compete for a job.

Lenzmeier had to be salivating at the chance to sink his teeth into the opportunity.

"The weather," a laughing Lenzmeier said about his choice. "No, just joking."

What isn't funny is the situation in San Diego. They entered the offseason with three players that had played one of the tackle positions in their career and even then the experience between the three players barely added up to a full season.

"The biggest thing was the offensive line, they got rid of a lot guys and there are a lot of spots open and it was my best chance to make a team," Lenzmeier admitted.

Lenzmeier placed realistic expectations on his chances of getting drafted, citing a 50-50 chance for that to happen.

Ironically, not getting drafted could have been the best thing for the former Lobo. Not only is he going to a team that was in need of offensive linemen before the draft, they only grabbed two linemen off the undrafted wire and Lenzmeier is the only one who has played offensive tackle.

"I am kind of happy about that to tell you the truth," said Lenzmeier. "That is their decision to make. I am just trying to go in and make the team."

The former guard turned tackle played the last three seasons on the strong side as the starter. Known for his competitive fire and work ethic, Lenzmeier was named captain of the Lobos squad.

The 6-5, 312 pound All-Mountain West tackle is eager for his chance to shine. On a team that is bare bones in the offensive line department, Lenzmeier is seeing sunlight and not getting burned.

A solid camp and Lenzmeier can stake his claim on the spot and there is no heart to put that stake through on his way to joining an NFL roster.

It starts this week and Lenzmeier could not be happier.

"It has been a long road so I am just happy to have a chance to play on an NFL team, especially the San Diego Chargers," Lenzmeier says joyfully. "It is a dream come true for me. I am ready to go out there and get started."

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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