Headlining that opinion was thier first choice, Antonio Cromartie. A physically gifted cornerback with the skill to shut-down opponents, Cromartie could well have been a top ten selection had a knee injury not sidelined him in '05. His ability to immediately get back to playing form and absorb an NFL playbook will determine if he was worth the 19th pick of round one. In similar fashion Marcus McNeill came into the season with high grades yet back problems pushed him late into round two. McNeill needs technical work on his game and must stay healthy but was worth the 50th pick of the draft. Like the prior two selections Charlie Whitehurst offers the athletic skills to play in the NFL, though he must learn to make better decisions on a consistent basis. Considering his upside, the late part of round three was good value for Whitehurst. Tim Dobbins was an excellent choice for the Chargers defensive scheme. Jeromey Clary is an underrated tackle who should add depth to the offensive line. Chase Page was a reach in the final frame but not so for Jimmy Martin. An intelligent blocker, Martin is a college tackle with potential at any of the three interior blocking positions.
San Diego trade away their choice in round four, pick number 113, in return for Brandon Manumaleuna from the St. Louis Rams. While we liked many of the prospects still on the board at that point, Manumaleuna is a season veteran who'll offer Philip Rivers another pair of reliable hands.