Chris Steuber reports the Chargers will send a scout to Saturday's contest between TCU and Colorado State. The Chargers have fond memories of the TCU program, which produced RB LaDainian Tomlinson. The Bolts have also sought running back help from CSU, using a 2009 fourth-round pick on RB Gartrell Johnson.
The Chargers have already expressed interest in this year's class of Horned Frogs, as San Diego sent a scout to a TCU practice in August.
The 12th ranked Horned Frogs have two premier defensive prospects that scouts are salivating over, OLB Jerry Hughes and ILB Daryl Washington.
LB Jerry Hughes
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At 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, Washington is one of the elite inside linebackers in the nation and has demonstrated great leadership qualities on defense. Entering his second year as a starter, Washington had 63 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, three sacks and an interception last season. Washington plays with a mean streak and isn't afraid to get dirty. He diagnoses the action well and displays great lateral movement making plays sideline-to-sideline. He has a desired frame, but has to add more size. However, he's able to hold his own against bigger opponents, shed blocks and position himself to make tackles. He's disciplined in coverage and is always around the ball. An intelligent defender who's still learning the game, Washington gives maximum effort at all times.
OG Shelley Smith
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The Rams have the most experienced offensive line in the nation; a unit that has more than 125 career starts among them. The lineman with the most promise and the highest rated prospect on the team is guard Shelley Smith. At 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, Smith is an outstanding athlete who possesses quick feet and good technique. He does a nice job of sealing the interior, uses his hands well and doesn't allow the opposition to get in on him. Entering his third year as a starter, Smith had a great junior campaign where he didn't allow a sack and graded out over 90 percent in every contest. He was bothered by an ankle injury all year, but he didn't allow it to disrupt his game and helped pave the way for Gartrell Johnson to amass over 1,000 yards.
Smith is currently the 16th rated guard (253rd overall) in Scout.com's 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.
In addition to Smith, the Rams have three more linemen that will receive attention from NFL scouts; center Tim Walter, guard Adrian Martinez and tackle Cole Pemberton. Of the three, Walter is the only one that appears in Scout.com's NFL Draft Rankings; he's rated as the 20th best center in the class.
Wide receiver Dion Morton, the 23rd rated wide receiver by Scout.com, and safety Klint Kubiak, the 44th rated safety by Scout.com, will also be monitored by scouts during their observations.