It isn't that he lacks talent, on the contrary, but the offensive tackle lines up at a spot that has its starters coming back and acquired depth added to the mix.
The one advantage he may have is the talk of putting him at guard, making him a potential multi-faceted player which is always welcome on a roster that has its limitation of 45 players and eight practice squad members.
"He loved to study the game," Mike Moroski, the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at UC-Davis, said. "He was very receptive and really very intuitive."
Also, his older brother Brad spent the 2004 season on the Raiders practice squad giving him a distinct advantage on the rigors of camp and what it takes to make a team as an undrafted rookie.
An All-Great West Football Conference first team selection this past season, Cory Lekkerkerker helped UC-Davis average 402.2 yards per game in total offense and 32.3 points per game in scoring.
As a junior in 2003, Lekkerkerker was named winner of the team's Jim Ferrier Award as the outstanding transfer, starting all 20 games he played in for UC-Davis. During his two-year career with the Aggies, he allowed six quarterback sacks.
Lekkerkerker will have to fend off players such as Wesley Britt, Courtney Van Buren, Carlos Joseph and Leander Jordan if he stays at tackle – and that doesn't include the starting rotation of Roman Oben and Shane Olivea. At guard, the pickings appear equally as slim with Mike Goff and Toniu Fonoti back and Wes Sims, Kris Dielman, Bob Hallen and Scott Mruczkowski all vying for the few spots available.
Scouting report courtesy of TFY Draft Preview:
Cory Lekkerkerker School: Cal-Davis
Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 315 40: 5.35 Year: 5Sr
Bio: Junior college transfer who's started the past two seasons at tackle. All-Conference selection as a senior.
Positives: Well-sized blocker who plays with solid fundamentals. Bends his knees and blocks with leverage. Keeps his feet moving throughout the action, works well with linemates and always looking to hit someone. Good initial strength and hand jolt at the point.
Negatives: Does not play with great balance, not effective far off the line of scrimmage and has difficulty sliding out to protect the edge. Does not finish blocks.
Analysis: A line prospect with growth potential, Lekkerkerker classifies as a solid developmental prospect. Must get into the weight room, improve his strength and add bulk to his frame, yet a lineman who could develop into a back-up strong side tackle down the road.
Chargers snapshot: Cory Lekkerkerker
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