The Chargers enjoyed an informal meeting with Arizona WR Mike Thomas at the NFL Combine. Thomas is an undersized receiver (5-foot-8, 200 pounds) with terrific hands and quickness. During his four-year college career, he hauled in 259 passes for 3,231 yards (12.5-yard avg.) and 22 touchdowns.
Thomas plays with reckless abandon, just like the pro player he tries to emulate, Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith.
WR Mike Thomas
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If the Chargers select Thomas, who carries a middle-round projection, it would mark the second consecutive season in which the team drafted a player from Arizona. Last year's first-round pick, CB Antoine Cason, was a four-year Wildcat star just like Thomas.
In San Diego, Thomas would do more than work against his former college teammate in practice. He would also be in the mix to return kicks, especially if the Chargers look to take some of that burden off Darren Sproles as he becomes more involved in the base offense.
"First and foremost, I'm a playmaker," Thomas said. "You know I've got return capability. I'm also fast and I'm explosive. The only real thing I don't have is the height; but besides that, I've got all the tangibles. I'm strong, you know, everything."
Lining Up Linemen
The Chargers held another formal meeting with an offensive lineman, this time gathering with Auburn OG Tryonne Green on Thursday. Green (6-foot-2, 307 pounds) started every game for the Tigers over the last two seasons and has better quickness and strength than the man he would presumably replace, free agent RG Mike Goff.
Green began his career as a defensive lineman and brings a defensive, attacking mentality to the game. That's similar to San Diego's other starting guard, Pro Bowler Kris Dielman, who joined the Chargers as a defensive lineman before transitioning to offense and working his way up the depth chart.
Haley Holds the Mic
Todd Haley, the new head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, took the podium on Friday to address the media at the Combine. He was asked what he plans to do to get the Chiefs back into contention in the AFC West.
"The Chiefs only won two games last season," Haley said. "I just want to give them the best chance to win games. We're doing what we can to win one game."
Haley's Chiefs face an uphill climb. The Chargers have won three consecutive division titles, the longest streak in the NFL. The Chargers finished six games better than the Chiefs in 2008; seven games better in 2007; and five games better in 2006.