Chargers scouting report: Chase Johnson

After working out on a tryout basis during the San Diego Chargers rookie minicamp, Chase Johnson was signed by the team. The newcomer faces a tough challenge in the months ahead.

With Nick Hardwick assured of a spot as a starter and the addition of seventh round pick Scott Mruczkowski, Chase Johnson would seem to be fighting an uphill battle for a roster spot.

That isn't even taking into account Kris Dielman and Bob Hallen, guards who have experience playing center.

The fact that Johnson does not play guard could mean he is camp fodder, a body that can play the center position and aid the development of other players.

A good showing in San Diego could lead to other jobs, as it appears the logjam at the position would prevent him from making this squad.

Chase Johnson School: TCU
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 293 40: 5.57 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-conference honors in the past.

Positives: Hard working blocker on the pivot with marginal athleticism for the next level. Works to block with leverage, stays square and anchors at the point. Explodes off the ball into blocks, plays with a nasty attitude and works well with teammates. Effective with his hands, displays good punch and turns opponents off the ball.

Negatives: Best in a small area and marginal skills in space or on the second level. Bends at the waist and does not block with great balance.

Analysis: A hard working and durable lineman on the collegiate level, Johnson lacks upside for the next level. A tenacious lineman, his understanding of the position gives him an outside shot to make a roster at the next level.

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