Chargers add OT Jeromey Clary, K Kurt Smith

With consecutive picks in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, 187th and 188th overall, the San Diego Chargers selected Jeromey Clary an offensive tackle out of Kansas State followed by Virginia kickoff specialist Kurt Smith.

Jeromey Clary, a 6-foot-6, 304-pound tackle, a smart, fiery player that started in 37 straight games.

Clary headed to Kansas State in 2002, impressing his coaches so much that he played as a true freshman, seeing action in six games on the offensive line. He started fifteen games at right tackle during his sophomore year, helping current Chargers running back Darren Sproles become the nation's leading rusher, and posted the best record in the Big 12 for sacks allowed per game.

Clary went on to start 37 consecutive games, earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors, and was consistently recognized with Academic All-Big 12 honors. He got his degree in psychology in just three and a half years.

In addition to sharing the Wildcats' 2005 Offensive Lineman of the Year award with Greg Wafford, Clary also received K-State's Lifter of the Year Award, the Paul Coffman Award for outstanding leadership and the Scholar-Athlete Award.

The selection of Kurt Smith is a little strange given their pick of Nate Kaeding in the second round two years ago.

Smith handled the kickoff duties for Virginia over the last four years and is considered one of the best kickoff men in the country.

He kicked off 66 times and 54 reached the end zone, resulting in 38 touchbacks (58 percent). Only six were returned for more than 25 yards.

In 2004, 43 of 70 kickoffs were to the end zone with 26 touchbacks.

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