Chargers select cornerback Antonio Cromartie

With the 19th pick in the 2006 NFL Draft the San Diego Chargers selected 6-foot-2, 208-pound cornerback Antonio Cromartie from Florida State University.

With Sammy Davis jettisoned to San Francisco for Rashaun Woods and Quentin Jammer entering the last two years of his contract, the Bolts select a player that has upside and plays a physical game, one that head coach Marty Schottenheimer adores.

He picked off four passes in 2004, returning one for a touchdown. Despite missing all of 2005 with a torn ACL, Antonio Cromartie wowed scouts with a 4.37 forty-yard dash, a 43-inch vertical jump and an 11-0 broad jump at the NFL Combines.

They contemplated going offensive tackle here to protect their investment in Philip Rivers but the line play was decent under Hudson Houck and terrible under Carl Mauck. A new offensive line coach in Jack Henry could have them playing at a higher level and the pass defense has suffered for years.

Chad Jackson was also a consideration given his speed but the team felt that Cromartie would make an immediate impact and cover them moving forward.

The Chargers have still not drafted an offensive lineman in the first round since 1986.

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