Senior Bowl: SD Scouts The Usual Suspects

The more things change, the more they stay the same. It seems like the Chargers are always in search of defensive backs and offensive linemen. This year is no exception, as the Chargers met with players from both positions on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. Michael Lombardo is in Mobile, Ala., with the latest.

A.J. Smith's two most prominent draft-day trends are picking players from small schools and selecting offensive linemen on day two. That's why it makes perfect sense that the Chargers met Heath Benedict, a 6'5", 332-pound offensive tackle from Newberry College, a schoolc with a student body of just more than 800 students.

Benedict is projected to go in the fourth round of the draft and could be groomed to replace Jeromey Clary at right tackle. For now, Benedict remains a work in progress.

"I'm working on coming out of a three-point stance rather than a two-point stance," Benedict said. "I'm struggling a bit, because in college all we did was a two-point stance."

The Chargers also spent their Tuesday talking to a pair of defensive backs. There could be a need in the secondary, as Drayton Florence is scheduled for free agency and Paul Oliver failed to escape the inactive list as a rookie.

For the Chargers, the only thing better than one Cromartie is two. That is why Bolts officials met with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Tennessee State), who was impressive on day two of Senior Bowl practice. He nabbed an impressive interception that made the scout's pens run dry.

"It was a cover-three and I had deep thirds," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "I read the play and saw the receiver was still going. Once the quarterback released it, I left my man and played the ball."

Rodgers-Cromartie boasts a long frame and high vertical, reminiscent of a Chargers player with a similar surname. If the Chargers pick up Rodgers-Cromartie, who is expected to go in the first round, they will have a leg up on repeating as the league's best pass-stealing team.

San Diego scouts also spent time with strong safety Jamar Adams (Michigan), who is hoping to be selected late on the first day of the draft. Adams is not the fastest safety in the draft, but he is physical and can break up passes with his big hits.

"I'm a high-quality guy, a talented guy, a guy who wants to make plays," Adams said. "I love the game and love to study the game. I'm going to know every intricacy of opposing offenses."

Keep checking back for more Senior Bowl coverage, as Michael Lombardo is in Alabama tracking all the Chargers' draft interests.

Amberly Richardson is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a correspondent for She has contributed to the official Web sites of Shawne Merriman, Lorenzo Neal, Shaun Phillips and others for Sixthman Communications.

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