LSU OL Herman Johnson met with the Chargers at the NFL Combine. He is spending his offseason working on his conditioning, which is one of his most prominent red flags.
His first scheduled visit is Sunday, April 5, with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
For Johnson, the most memorable part of the pre-draft process has been meeting with the head coaches and staffs of the NFL teams. He feels it is pretty amazing to be interviewed for a job by coaches that are on TV every week.
"There are only so many people that can go through this process and so many people dream of the process but never have the opportunity to partake in it," he said. "For me to be able to go through this process and see these coaches and GMs, it's a really good feeling."
Johnson earned All-American and All-SEC honors during his time at LSU. In 2008, the Tigers averaged 368.8 yards and 30.92 points per game. He is still working out at LSU in preparation for the draft.
The Chargers are looking to replenish their offensive line after losing OG Mike Goff and C Jeremy Newberry this offseason. Johnson would welcome the opportunity to block for fabled players like LaDainian Tomlinson and Philip Rivers.
"It would be amazing," Johnson said. "You see them on TV every other week. With LaDainian Tomlinson, I remember watching him when he was at TCU. He was an animal, a phenomenal football player when he was in college. To actually block for him, that would be amazing, as well as Philip Rivers."
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RB Cedric Peerman
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Peerman has yet to schedule any workouts, but feels he has done all he can to prove himself and now just has to wait. He is working out in Charlottesville, Va., from now until the draft.
Peerman, who set career-highs with 774 yards and seven touchdowns last season, looks up to LT and would love to play alongside him.
"I just think he's brought a tremendous gift to the game," said Peerman of Tomlinson. "He's able to catch the ball, make a guy miss and take it all the way. It would be a really great thing to play next to a guy that has it all, a guy who is respected in the league."
Another Lights-Out Defender
As a first-year starter in 2008, USC DE Kyle Moore received PAC-10 honors and led the Trojans with six sacks. The Chargers took notice, as Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera attended USC's Pro Day on Wednesday.
Moore has worked out with the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins. He also had dinner with the entire staff of the New Orleans Saints and visited the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, April 4.
Moore has been working out in Atlanta with Chuck Smith, but came back to USC two weeks prior to the Pro Day. He said his offseason has been going well and he plans to get back to work on Monday.
The Chargers are looking to replenish their D-line after losing Igor Olshansky to the Dallas Cowboys in free agency. Moore would be grateful for the opportunity to join a defensive unit that expects the return of Shawne Merriman this season.
"It would be great. It would be an honor to play next to [Merriman]," Moore said. "Also, it would be great for me because he would leave me free. It would be a great opportunity for me."