Green (6-foot-2, 305 pounds), who was selected with the team's first compensatory pick in the fourth round (No. 133 overall), is an athletic blocker and a good value pick. He is quick off the snap, capable of reaching the second level, and proven against some of the best competition college football has to offer.
One thing is for sure: RG Kynan Forney can no longer feel secure in the starting job he assumed was his after signing a new two-year contract this offseason.
|RB Gartrell Johnson |
Johnson (5-foot-10, 219 pounds) is coming off a monster senior campaign in which he carried 278 times for 1,476 yards (5.3 ypc) and 12 touchdowns. He also caught 32 passes, proving his ability as a receiver.
Johnson is a tough, physical runner who can punish defenders between the tackles. He will be the power complement to LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles, something the Chargers missed sorely after losing Michael Turner as a free agent.
Johnson also has all the skills to be a strong contributor on special teams, which should allow him to stay active on game days this season.
The selection of Johnson means Michael Bennett is unlikely to return in 2009.
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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.