Louis Vasquez is blessed with incredible size (6-foot-5, 330 pounds) and strength, posting a ridiculous 39 reps of the 225-pound bench press at the NFL Combine.
Although he has the skills of a run-blocking mauler, Vasquez is quite adept in pass protection, coming from a Texas Tech offense that attempted 465 passes last season. He rarely gets beat one-on-one and has nimble feet for a man his size.
San Diego was obviously enamored by Vasquez, who was selected with the No. 78 overall pick. That's the highest pick San Diego has spent on a guard since selecting Toniu Fonoti in the second round in 2002.
Interestingly enough, Vasquez and Fonoti are comparable based on their impressive combination of size and speed.
Vasquez will provide depth for the Chargers at guard and push RG Kynan Forney, who signed a new two-year contract this offseason.
Indirectly, Vasquez may also improve the team's depth at center. Now that he's in the fold at guard, backup OG Scott Mruczkowski is free to return to his original role as the backup center -- Mruczkowski played center at Bowling Green before being picked in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
The Chargers selected Vasquez over several other quality prospects who were still available, including Alabama S Rashad Johnson and Liberty RB Rashad Jennings.
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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.
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