Chargers Draft Dish: O-Line Roundup

With three-fifths of the O-line scheduled for free agency within the next two years, the Chargers need to import some young talent. All indications are A.J. Smith will do exactly that during the draft. The Bolts recently attended the Pro Days of three offensive linemen after meeting with them at the Combine. has the latest.

Backyard Bargain

The Chargers met with SDSU offensive tackle William Robinson at the NFL Combine. Robinson talked with offensive line coach Jack Henry about technique, game knowledge and an ideal playing weight. The latter issue is important for Robinson (6'5"), who weighed in at the Combine at 297 pounds after playing his senior season at least 10 pounds lighter than that.

San Diego scouts also met with Robinson at his Pro Day, which was important since Robinson injured his quadriceps at the Combine and was unable to complete his testing. He is projected to be a late-round pick, so the Chargers may take a flier on him and stash him away on the practice squad for a year or two.

Another Panther on the Prowl

Bolts backers are abuzz at the prospect of drafting Pittsburgh offensive tackle Jeff Otah. However, it is Otah's teammate, Mike McGlynn, who seems to be generating the most interest from the team. McGlynn met with the Chargers at the Senior Bowl and the Combine before reuniting with San Diego scouts at his Pro Day on March 24.

McGlynn has been working diligently to bolster his draft stock, working out in Pittsburgh with strength coaches Buddy Morris and James Smith. A projected third-round pick, McGlynn has been savoring the draft process.

"I feel that I am very fortunate to be in the position that I'm in right now," McGlynn said. "Every kid in the world would love to be in the position that I'm in right now and I make sure to remind myself that everyday."

First Name Comes Off the Board

The Chargers crossed the first name off their draft board in tragic fashion, as OL Heath Benedict was found dead in his Florida home on Wednesday evening. Benedict met with the Chargers at the Senior Bowl and Combine and spoke with team scouts at his Pro Day earlier this month. He told that the Chargers were one of the clubs expressing the strongest interest in him.

Benedict was an excited young man who was a month away from realizing his childhood dream. He often spoke in amazement that NFL scouts found him in tiny Newberry College, which boasts a population of just more than 700 students. He was outwardly grateful for every opportunity that came his way. sends its thoughts and prayers to Benedict and his family.

Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the network. His analysis has been published by, and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.

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