Chargers eyeing quarterbacks

One quarterback expressed surprise at the San Diego Chargers interest in him - but the situation in the sun predicates a need if Drew Brees moves on in free agency.

Charlie Whitehurst/QB/Clemson

- Measured in at 6-4 6/8, 223 pounds.
- His dad finished his career in 1984 and he was born in 1982, so game tape is the only thing he has on his father.
- Expects to go between the second and fourth rounds.
- Will not throw in Indy, saving it for his March 9 Pro Day.
- Has met with Kansas City, Dallas, and San Diego so far.

Michael Robinson/QB/Penn State

- Weighed in at 6-1/226 pounds.

- Will not work out here, preferring the familiar confines of Penn State.

- Says he could be used as a fullback.

- Tried to tweak his release at Senior Bowl based on input from former NFL QB Steve DeBerg, which he said was a mistake. His agent and DeBerg later told him to revert to his old style.

- Called head coach Joe Paterno the single biggest influence in his life after his mother.

- He said he wanted to prove himself as a quarterback at the Combine.

- Teams have inquired about using him as a safety, a running back, wide receiver, and kick returner.

- Said his game reps are the thing holding him back as a quarterback.

Laurence Maroney/RB/Minnesota

- Measured at 5-11, 217 pounds.

- Due to a strained hamstring while working out at Athlete's Performance, he won't work out until his Pro Day on March 23.

- He has spoken with the Rams and Vikings.

- Said his hamstring is at 75 percent.

- A sprained Achilles caused him to miss the Michigan State game.

- Said splitting time with other running backs, including Dallas RB Marion Barber III, was fun.

- Has increased his weight to 217 after playing at 210-212 to discourage concerns about his durability.

- Had 15 sacks as a senior defensive end in high school while rushing 30 times.

- Hopes to go in the first round but doesn't worry about projections.

- Says his patience and vision are his strengths.

- Nicknamed Kool-Aid as a kid, but can't drink any now because of his strict diet.

Marques Haynes/WR/Virginia

- He measured in at 5-9 and 202 pounds.

- He feels his work ethic, returns ability and the kind of person he is off the field will help him here at the Combine.

- Says he is still learning the WR position after playing QB. The route running is the biggest challenge for him.

- Will do an entire workout.

Bruce Eugene/QB/Grambling St.

- He will go through the full workout and joked that he would do it again on Monday if it will help his stock with NFL teams.

- He dropped weight to improve his agility and said that he is getting lots of compliments from NFL team personnel about it.

- He thinks the fact that they use the pro system at his school will help him be more attractive to teams.

Laurence Maroney of Minnesota measured in at 5-11/217 pounds.  He strained a hamstring in January and is only about 75%.  As a result he will not be working out here in Indianapolis.

Ryan Plackemeier of Wake Forest and Joel Steely from Louisiana-Monroe were the top punters in this afternoon's session.  Each regularly hit their punts further then 50-yards.

Colorado's John Torp and Illinois punter Steve Weatherford were major dissapointments.

Bench press result from some of the offensive lineman.

Davin Joseph/Oklahoma: 24

Chris Kuper/North Dakota: 24

Jahri Evans/ Bloomsburg St: 20

More bench press results from the offensive linemen:

Nick Mangold/Ohio State: 24

EJ Whitley/Texas Tech: 15

Duece Lutui/USC: 28

Ryan O'Callahan/Cal: 21

Gavin Tarquinio (TE-LS)/Georgia Tech: 18

Quinn Ojinaka/Syracuse: 21

Delanie Walker/WR/Central Missouri State

- Measured in at 6-1/208 pounds.
- Will do a full workout
- Has been working on his 40 time
- Played basketball, football and track in high school
- Was a Cowboys fan growing up and like Michael Irvin's physical style
- Said his playing style "can be a little dirty."
- Believes he can spread the field with a good arm span.

D.J. Shockley/QB/Georgia

- Measured in at 6-1/214 pounds
- Will do a full workout
- Is meeting with Kansas City tonight and has met with about half of the teams, including the Vikings.
- Said most coaches and scouts want to know about his ability to audible.
- Joked that he feels more injured now than when he arrived after all the tests he's been through.
- Expects to be drafted in the second or third round, which is fine considering nobody projected him as a solid draft pick before the season began.
- Runs about a 4.6 40-yard dash.
- Says his injury history shouldn't be a concern.
- Played for his father in high school.

Brad Smith/QB/Missouri

- Will do a full workout.
- Also being looked at as a wide receiver, but doesn't see himself fitting in there.
- Did some receiver reps at the Senior Bowl.

Vince Young/QB/Texas

- Measured in at 6-5/229 pounds
- Is not working out here, saving it for his March 22 Pro Day.
- Said coaches and scouts are not concerned with his throwing motion and they shouldn't be as long as he continues to win.
- Believes he needs to get better with the mental part of his game.
- Said Texas' offense was close to a pro style, despite being in shotgun.
- Talks to Titans QB Steve McNair often and said it would be special to play under him.
- Feels the Rose Bowl performance gave him the respect of coaches.
- Calls Matt Leinart a cool guy and has "goofed around" with him a lot.
- Is working with former Vikings and Titans assistant Jerry Rhome, doing drills and watching film.
- Teams are asking him to break down protection schemes.
- Has talked with St. Louis and Oakland.
- Rams coach Scott Linehan called him "a phenom."

Kellen Clemens/QB/Oregon

- Checked in at 6-1 5/8, 225 pounds.
- Said he's about 75 to 80 percent back from his ankle injury.
- Still has atrophy in his calf.
- Is training in Eugene and now in Orange County.
- Will throw on Sunday, but can't do any running or jumping drills yet.
- Relaxes by going back to the farm.
- Height and speed are the concerns of coaches.
- Said he runs about a 40 in the high 4.7s or low 4.8s.
- Meeting with the Ravens and Dolphins.

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