Elimimian aiming high in San Diego

With four cornerbacks, all picked within the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, on the San Diego Chargers, it would appear that there was no room at the inn. Beyond the top four, however, there is a spot available and Abraham Elimimian believes he is the man for the job.

Those on the outside don't believe a cornerback has a place in San Diego. The names trickling down the pipeline are littered with top talent – on paper. Quentin Jammer, Jamar Fletcher and Sammy Davis were all selected in the first round. Drayton Florence was chosen in the second.

Yet, Abraham Elimimian looks at San Diego and sees nothing but opportunity,

"It was just an easier situation for me to go down there to San Diego and play for the Chargers," Elimimian said. "They won the AFC Championship(sic) last year and I see nothing but positive things from them."

Playing for Hawaii, Elimimian has faced some tough competition. He has gone against the likes of Mike Williams and Roddy White. He has stood the test of time in terms of production.

But what happened on the way to the Draft that caused him to go undrafted?

A poor forty time at the NFL Combines – essentially putting all his eggs in one basket because he had not run previously – dropped the cornerback from the rankings.

Perhaps it was the peer pressure, as several teams had requested he run when he was not mentally prepared. Pushed into service, he ran a XXX

"It is kind of stupid," Elimimian admitted. "I was really unprepared to run at the Combine, but then I came back and ran a better time. I guess first impressions matter more than anything."

That time was run in Carson, California – the Home Depot Center. The former site of Chargers' training camp was also the site of the Hawaii Pro Day. Elimimian ran a XXX

Regardless of the times posted, the 5-foot-9 cornerback knows he has the talent level to compete.

And it isn't something he is willing to let slip past him as rookie minicamp is in full swing and training camp approaches.

"It's an opportunity for me right now with the Chargers because I feel like they have a top player that could have been drafted on the first day, round two or three, and they got me as a free agent," Elimimian exclaimed. "It's an opportunity for them and it's an opportunity for me to help the team. They're going to be really impressed with what I have to offer them."

Sticking with their philosophy of a season ago, the Chargers had an inkling of Elimimians' talent. They were on hand at the Senior Bowl in Mobile and had a chance to see the cornerback up close, in one-on-one coverage.

Defensive backs' coach Brian Stewart made the call to the prospect and gave him a brief rundown of the expectations. But the work is still on the horizon.

"He was happy to have me as a Charger," Elimimian said of his conversation with Stewart. "Now I just have to go out there and prove what I have."

That begins this week and will continue through the summer months.

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