Chargers Care for Cason

With the 27th overall pick, the San Diego Chargers obtained a shutdown corner with a packed highlight reel. Antoine Cason is a player loaded with character coupled with the passion to compete at the next level. The Chargers opted not to trade down and instead nabbed a top-five defensive back.

Antoine Cason finishes the plays that his coverage starts. He has impeccable timing and great vision and he should be a workhorse for the Chargers for years to come. Cason packs everything you'd expect from a top cornerback.

"(I'm) a good cover guy who can play man, zone," Cason said. "Good tackler, good awareness on the field and knows what's going on in the backfield, knows where his help is on the field. And just pretty much knows overall defensively and makes plays."

His description is exactly the kind of defensive back the Chargers added to their secondary. Cason is a focused player with big ideas and an even bigger heart. He and his friend started the charity "Cason Cares" to raise money for the American Cancer Society in memory of his grandfather, Royce Rambo, who died of leukemia in Feb. 2007.

"My grandfather was a role model to me," Cason said. "He's done everything for the family. My senior year I wanted to do something to honor him for what he's done for me and my family."

Cason sold Cason Cares bracelets for $3 a piece in Arizona. He and the co-founder earned $7,000 in two months and the Phoenix Suns even wore them at a game.

"It was a great experience for me to see the foundation side, the business side works, in college, being a young man growing up trying to do some things that don't benefit me. Everything is now about me. Me, me, all the time. I wanted to give back and do something positive, and pretty much everyone can relate to."

A scout's Perspective

Tom Marino is a former pro scout with more than 30 years of league experience, here is what he has to say about Cason:

"I've talked to a number of scouts about Cason. He was a very good college player. Like Aqib Talib, he is over 6 feet, which is a real plus. He also makes big plays, but he does not cover well, the reason being is he doesn't have great foot speed. He has a high center of gravity, but does a good job of taking people off their feet, though. I'm not real big on him and don't think he deserves to go first round."

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 several NFL players for Sixthman Communications. Her analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports.

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