Chargers sign offensive tackle

The San Diego Chargers signed an offensive tackle, a former seventh round pick, on Monday with an eye towards developing him into an asset.

Tony Pape was signed by the Bolts and assigned to NFL Europe - the second time he will play overseas.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Tony Pape
School: Michigan
Ht: 6-5
Wt: 300
40: 5.34
Pos: T

Bio: Three year starter awarded All Conference honors the prior three seasons. Saw extensive action at both right and left tackle in college.

Pape was a seventh-round pick of the Miami Dolphins and was sent to NFL Europe in 2005, retiring upon his return. He went home and worked out, coming back to the Dolphins after asking then head coach Nick Saban for another chance.

"I promise, guys, you don't want a real job because it's not that fun," Pape said.

Pos: Big, powerful mauler best in confined quarters. Patient, stays square and uses all his assets to the fullest. Blocks with a nasty attitude, easily controls opponents at the point of attack and works to finish them off. Jolts defenders with hand punch and drives opponents from the line run blocking. Disciplined and quick in his head.

"My commitment to my conditioning was unprecedented," Pape said of his time away from the game and what he focused on. "I promise you, there's not one offensive lineman who will beat me in a conditioning drill right now."

Neg: Stiff, lacks adjustment and not comfortable in a wide area.

Analysis: Pape was been a productive blocker on the college level and offers solid skills for the next level. Though an average athlete with only ordinary upside, can contribute for an NFL team if placed in the proper system.

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