Yes, Another DB: Chargers Pick Brandon Hughes

The San Diego Chargers picked Oregon State CB Brandon Hughes in the fifth round of Sunday's draft. Hughes will compete with last year's sixth-round pick, DeJuan Tribble, to be the final cornerback in the defensive rotation.

Brandon Hughes is a player the Chargers have followed closely this season. As Insiders first learned in this article, the Chargers had a scout in attendance for at least four Oregon State games this season.

Hughes (5-foot-10, 182 pounds) is the type of physical, press-coverage corner the Chargers typically target. The only thing atypical about the pick is his height, as A.J. Smith usually prefers taller cornerbacks.

Hughes finished his four-year career with 169 tackles, 35 pass breakups and three interceptions. He still has plenty of room for improvement -- he needs to get stronger and more comfortable in zone coverage -- but the Chargers clearly feel he was worth taking a chance on.

If he makes the active roster in 2009, his biggest impact will likely come on special teams. Should he lose out in his competition with DeJuan Tribble, a sixth-round pick from Boston College in last year's draft, Hughes will likely spend his rookie season relegated to the practice squad.

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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the 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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