Chargers 2006 NFL Draft board

A look at the top ten prospects on the Chargers 2006 draft board headed in the heart of February. This list will be continually updated after more evaluations are conducted at the NFL Combine.

Fighting the odds – the San Diego Chargers again pick behind the Dallas Cowboys and again have similar needs. Last year it turned out just fine with Shawne Merriman falling into their laps but will they be that lucky again this year with the 19th pick?

Keep in mind that many names, if not all, on this list will not be available when the Chargers pick at 19th overall and some of the positions listed are not a need but the player represents tremendous value. We will look at players ten through 20 on the list next week before the Combines and will update the list of every player the team has looked at.

No. 1 RB Reggie Bush (USC)
Vitals: Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 200 40: 4.45

Pos: Explosive back and game impacting skill player dangerous whenever handling the ball.

Neg: Not a heavy duty ball carrier who takes a consistent pounding on the inside.

No. 2 OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson (Virginia)
Vitals: Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 290 40: 5.31

Pos: Athletic blocker who stands out in pass protection.

Neg: Lunges into blocks, which adversely effects his balance, particularly in run blocking.

No. 3 DE Mario Williams (N.C. State)
Vitals: Ht: 6-6 Wt: 285 40: 4.75

Pos: Tremendous athlete who displays continued progress on the football field.

Neg: Does not consistently use his size as an advantage.

No. 4 S/CB Michael Huff (Texas)
Vitals: Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205 40: 4.45

Pos: Talented defensive back who can be used at a variety of positions.

Neg: Used at safety for the Longhorns yet lacks top size for centerfield..

No. 5 OLB A.J. Hawk (Ohio State)
Vitals: Ht: 6-1 Wt: 243 40: 4.51

Pos: Explosive linebacker who plays with the a great degree of suddenness.

Neg: Lacks great body control and does not immediately alter his angle of attack.

No. 6 DB Jimmy Williams (Virginia Tech)
Vitals: Ht: 6-2 Wt: 209 40: 4.47

Pos: Big, physical defensive back who can be lined up at cornerback or safety.

Neg: Prefers to side shuffle in reverse.

No. 7 OT Winston Justice (USC)
Vitals: Ht: 6-6 Wt: 300 40: 5.15

Pos: Powerful lineman and a devastating run blocker that destroys opponents.

Neg: Limited skills on the second level.

No. 8 WR Santonio Holmes (Ohio State)
Vitals: Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 185 40: 4.52

Pos: Consistent wide receiver with a well-rounded game.

Neg: Doesn't have great size and is not what you'd typically expect in terms of speed from one of the top two or three wide receivers available this year.

No. 9 CB Tye Hill (Clemson)
Vitals: Ht: 5-10 Wt 180 40: 4.42

Pos: Shut down cornerback with excellent speed and explosion..

Neg: Slow reacting to receivers moves off the line.

No. 10 DT Haloti Ngata (Oregon)
Vitals: Ht: 6-5 Wt 338 40: 5.05

Pos: Powerful interior tackle who controls the line of scrimmage.

Neg: Must improve his technique and protect himself better.

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