Chargers bring an offensive tackle in to visit

It's offensive tackle time for the San Diego Chargers. In search of a player that can help in the future, the Bolts have brought in a riser for a visit to their Murphy Canyon complex.

Todd Herremans, an offensive tackle out of Saginaw Valley State, will visit the Chargers.

A former teammate of Ruvell Martin, a wide receiver the Bolts allocated to NFL Europe this spring, Herremans had 26 different teams show up to work him out at his Pro Day - making him a known in NFL circles, even if the name does not ring a bell to most draftniks.

Herrimans, the 2004 GLIAC Co-Lineman of the Year, put up twenty reps on the bench press at his Pro Day and had a 30-inch vertical jump.

He only completed one forty yard dash, coming up with a hamstring injury on his second run. The first was timed at 5.18 at 6-foot-5 (6056), 321-pounds.

He started in 40 career games in four years, anchoring an offensive line that helped Saginaw Valley average 423.1 yards of total offense as a senior.

Named to the AFCA All-America First Team following the season, becoming the first SVSU player since 2000 and only the sixth overall to earn such an honor, Herrimans impressed scouts during a week of practice at the Cactus Bowl.

A member of an offense that ranked first in the conference in passing (264.1 yards per game), third in scoring (35.4 points per game) and third in total offense (418.7 yards per game), Herrimans showed good leverage during the week and proved he could handle speed rushers and be physical at the point of attack.

He is considered a bit of a project, a second day pick. While he showed athleticism, he does need to increase his strength.

The Chargers have been known, similar to the Patriots, to select their lineman later than others. The last time they grabbed a first round tackle was in the eighties.

It will be interesting to see if they take that same gameplan now that offensive line coach Carl Mauck is running the show.

Competition for Herrimans figures to be high on draft day with the offensive tackle visiting at least eight teams for pre-draft visits.

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