Mike Iupati (6-foot-6, 325 pounds) could solidify the Chargers' front line and breathe some life into the team's listless running game. He impressed many at the Senior Bowl, where he took snaps at guard and right tackle.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who coached Iupati on the North Team, said the former Vandals star never looked out of place.
"I was in Tennessee when we drafted Michael Roos from Eastern Washington real early in the second round," Schwartz said. "He's been a Pro Bowl/All Pro type performer at left tackle since. So I think no matter where you find them -- level of competition, region of the country, whatever -- it doesn't diminish what their talent is."
OL Mike Iupati
"I think that's what we saw with Mike. He's right at home playing against these other guys who are the best players in the country," Schwartz said. "It's really going to be interesting following his development as a player, as he goes through the Combine and things like that because he has some very interesting traits. He's a good athlete, and he's also very, very big. He's got some natural instincts for the position."
Coach Schwartz also had a lot to say about Iupati's unique skill-set.
"Mike is a very prototypical type athlete for the position. He's got really long arms; he's enormous; he's big; he's a really gifted athlete; he can recover; [and] he has really good natural instincts."
Iupati is expected to hear his name called in the first round. And while the Chargers have more pressing needs than the offensive line, he may be hard to pass up if he falls all the way to No. 28.
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