Combine News: San Diego Edition

Two more players have been spotted on the radar of John Butler, Marty Schottenheimer and the San Diego Chargers staff at the NFL Combines. Mike Nattiel a 5-11, 228 pound linebacker from Florida and Walter Young a 6-5, 214 pound wide receiver from Illinois.

Walter Young
6-5, 214 pounds
Wide Receiver

With the Chargers looking in earnest for a tall wide receiver to compliment the bevy of current Chargers, Walter Young of Illinois has become a target of theirs.

Young is a huge target that amasses and amazing 17.8-yards every time he catches the ball. Relatively consistent, Young uses his large frame to out-muscle opponents and, as his stats would dictate, sneaks it downfield on occasion. His penchant for the deep ball may be more a result of opposing safeties keeping a close eye on Brandon Lloyd as Young does not have the speed one would think. He was the second-leading receiver with 50 catches for 890 yards and eight touchdowns in 2001 and 56 catches for 822 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2002.

He's a converted QB who displays very good athletic skills, as well as good route running, excellent hands, and is an effective blocker downfield. This is a player with a considerable amount of upside.

Young is working on his speed with former NFL WR Don Bebee and will do everything at the combines. He will also workout at his pro day on 3/12. Young is currently projected as a 4th round draft pick.

Mike Nattiel
5-11, 228 pounds

Orlando Ruff will not be back as a Charger and the Bolts are looking for some depth at the position. Enter Mike Nattiel of Florida.

Played in 35 regular season games with 16 starts. For his career, has 162 total career tackles (93 solo) with 16 "Big Plays" (5 Stuffs, 3 forced hurries, 3 fumble recoveries, 3 interceptions and 3 pass deflections). 66 tackles on the season with six "Big Plays" (one stuff, one INT, one forced hurry, one fumble recovery and two pass deflections)in 2001. During Senior Bowl week he looked good. He was outstanding in pass coverage and broke up a lot of throws in all areas of the field. Had a good understanding for what was happening and his stock is rising.

Nattiel will not run at the combines and is currently projected as a 5th or 6th round pick and is slowly rising up the draft boards. There are concerns over his size and speed numbers, which has allowed Nattiel to fall into the latter half of the Draft despite his ability to make plays thus he remains a big part of the value board on the second day of the Draft.

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