Live from Indy: SD Locks In On Local Prospect

Amberly Richardson reports from Indianapolis that the Chargers have conducted their second meeting with an offensive tackle in as many days. The Chargers seem determined to bolster their depth on the offensive line and this late-round prospect is the kind of player A.J. Smith typically targets.

The Chargers met with San Diego State standout William Robinson at the Combine. The versatile lineman is taking advice from former teammate Antwan Applewhite, who spent time on the Chargers practice squad last season.

The pair share the same agent, but hopefully not the same draft destiny.

The Chargers took a chance on Applewhite after he went undrafted, but he was cut in September. Applewhite stuck around and earned a spot on the practice squad two months later.

Robinson takes Applewhite's advice to heart, but is creating his own future. He expresses interest in staying in San Diego, but has heard from Applewhite about the daunting challenge that is cracking San Diego's roster.

"I am here to sell my best points," Robinson said. "I am tenacious and I play hard."

Applewhite told Robinson to remain focused. With the Chargers, that means not being intimated by playing side-by-side with superstars like LaDainian Tomlinson.

"This is my dream," Robinson said. "I just have to go out there and play."

He knows what he has to do bring that dream to fruition.

"I have to shine on Saturday's workout."

A stellar session on Saturday could prompt the Chargers to spend more time with Robinson. Given Shane Olivea's demotion and Jeromey Clary's band-aid status on the front line, there is definitely room for Robinson in San Diego.

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 Lorenzo Neal, Shaun Phillips, Shawne Merriman and others for Sixthman Communications.

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