Chargers Power Rankings: Nos. 22-28

SDBoltReport.com's Samantha Fillerup continues to rank San Diego's top-56 players. Part V of this eight-part series takes a look at spots 22-28, a grouping that includes three starters and two veteran reserves. See where everybody stacks up in this installment.

28. Jacques Cesaire (6'2", 295 pounds) is adept at defending the run or pass from either side of the line of scrimmage. He saw action in every game in 2007 and posted a career-high 50 tackles. He was an integral part of a defense that ranked seventh in the NFL versus the run.

Click here to learn how the Chargers would benefit by giving Cesaire an extension.

27. Antoine Cason (6'0", 190 pounds), a first-round pick in 2008, is the only Wildcat in Arizona history to earn All-Conference honors for defense and special teams in the same season. He started all 46 games he played and ended his career fourth in school history with 15 interceptions. He is active in the community and has raised money for many of different causes, including his "Cason Cares" foundation.

Click here to learn what to expect from Cason this season.

26. Andrew Pinnock (5'10", 250 pounds) enters his sixth season with the Chargers after being drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 draft. He has spent the last five years under the tutelage of one of the NFL's best fullbacks, Lorenzo Neal, who was released earlier this off-season. With Neal gone, Pinnock has the opportunity to take the reins and make a name for himself.

Click here to learn about a unique way the Chargers can exploit Pinnock's versatility.

25. Brandon Manumaleuna (6'2", 288 pounds) enters his eighth season after being traded to the Chargers in 2006. He is regarded as the League's best blocking tight end and, with his agility and sure hands, he is a tremendous asset. He will become even more vital if Antonio Gates struggles to bounce back from toe surgery.

Click here to see what Manumaleuna's versatility allows the Chargers to do.

24. Jeromey Clary (6'6", 306 pounds) begins his second season after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 draft. He spent his rookie season on the practice squad and will now have the chance to prove he is the long-term answer at right tackle. Clary started the final five games last season, when the Chargers went 5-0 while rushing for 880 yards and eight touchdowns.

Click here for an exclusive interview with Clary.

23. Kassim Osgood (6'5", 220 pounds) enters his sixth season and -- despite posting only two catches last season -- is a two-time Pro Bowler. He may not have the ball in his hands often, but he has become one of the NFL's top special-teams players. He had 14 special teams tackles last season and has the rare ability to down the ball inside the 5-yard line.

Click here for a breakdown of the receivers or here for a look at the special teams.

22. Mike Goff (6'5", 311 pounds), who signed with the Chargers in 2004, enters his 11th season as a senior member of the team. He is a force on the offensive line and paved the way for the offense to rush for more than 2,000 yards in 2007. Goff started all 16 games for his fifth consecutive season, asserting himself as one of the top pull-blockers in the game. Additionally, he is a leader on and off the field.

Click here for more on Goff's status with the team beyond 2008.

The Rest of the Rankings

Nos. 29-35
Nos. 36-42
Nos. 43-49
Nos. 50-56

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