OL Brady Bond Brings Heightened Competition

Brady Bond comes off his finest collegiate season. But despite all his hard work, he is right back at the bottom of the totem pole after signing with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent. In this exclusive interview, Bond tells SDBoltReport.com what he's doing to start his ascension anew.

For a full scouting report on Bond by Go Pokes editor Robert Allen, click here.

Brady Bond (6-foot-6, 300 lbs.) spent draft weekend with his family. Seven rounds came and went without hearing his name called; that's when the action began.

At least five teams made runs at Bond, including the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams. In the end, Bond chose San Diego, more because of his familiarity with the city than his knowledge of the team.

"I never really heard from the Chargers until [after the draft], so I didn't know much about them," Bond said. "I came [to San Diego] two years ago for the Holiday Bowl, so I got to experience the city atmosphere, so that was kind of cool."

To be fair, Bond admits he knew a couple of things about the Chargers before inking his rookie contract. Firstly, he knew Coach Norv Turner ran an offense similar to the one he played in at Oklahoma State. Secondly, he knew GM A.J. Smith did not draft any offensive linemen.

San Diego's offensive line is comprised of mostly self-made players, including former undrafted players like Kris Dielman and Brandyn Dombrowski. This creates an air of opportunity that has rookies like Bond excited for the upcoming training camp.

"Competition is a really big thing to me," he said. "I go out there and compete with guys on other teams and with guys on my own team. Competition is such a big thing for me, whether it's winning or just getting better at things."

Bond, who started every game the last three seasons, made massive improvements during his five years at OSU. He red-shirted in '05 while making the adjustment from eight-man football, which he played during high school. By '07, he was teaming with Russell Okung -- the No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft -- to form one of the elite tackle tandems in college football.

His progress at OSU extended beyond the field, as well.

"One of the biggest things my time at OSU taught me was responsibility," he said. "Always being early to meetings, respecting people and working hard every day."

Those lessons will serve Bond well in San Diego, but he still has much to learn. Between now and the start of the preseason, he is focusing on playing with better leverage and improving his footwork.

While offensive line coach Hal Hunter is an undeniable asset, San Diego's veteran offensive linemen are the ones doing much of the teaching.

"They've all been there and they all will help you," said Bond of a group that includes Dielman, Nick Hardwick and Scott Mruczkowski. "Once I get done with a rep, they are all running out to show me what I did wrong, showing me different things to do that would help me with my footwork and stuff like that."

Bond, a fiery competitor, has no problem with his teammates pointing out his missteps. Because while he is competing against them for a place on the roster, he ultimately hopes to be competing alongside them in pursuit of a Super Bowl.



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