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.
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
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.
Chargers scouting report: Chase Johnson
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