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Liuget Chargers #1 Pick!

Posted by Joel Price on April 28, 2011 – 7:37 PM



Illinois defensive lineman Corey Liuget runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine. #ChargersDraft

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Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine.

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2011 NFL Draft: Live

Posted by Christopher Smith on April 28, 2011 – 2:11 PM

2:02 p.m. – The 2011 version of the draft, long anticipated by the Chargers, starts in less than three hours. Carolina, and former San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, will be on the clock approximately 5 p.m. PT, with their choice of every eligible player. If they select Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, as many expect, the Panthers may begin a first-round run of signal-callers that would carry a pool of defensive players later into the first round.

The Chargers, currently at No. 18 overall, aren’t required to stay there and may not. If media reports are any indication, General Manager A.J. Smith has managed to keep his strategy private. Chargers President Dean Spanos and Head Coach Norv Turner both acknowledged during the pre-draft buildup that last year’s No. 1-ranked defense can stand to add a piece or two, and it’s almost certain San Diego will go defense with one or more of its five picks in the first three rounds. It remains to be seen what San Diego’s first-round strategy is, but Carolina’s decision will knock over the first domino and affect which players are still available by the time the Chargers pick.

2:33 p.m. – Just saw Smith and Director of Player Personnel Jimmy Raye in the hall. Smith looked focused and intense.

3:05 p.m. – Here’s your last chance to say who you’d like the Chargers to take in the first round or offer your predictions. Otherwise your card-carrying right to say “I called it” after every pick will be revoked in less than two hours.

Members of the Chargers’ player personnel staff are the lone occupants of the war room two hours before the NFL Draft begins.

4:03 p.m. – The buzz around the draft is a reminder of how many people in the United States and around the world share a passion for NFL football. These next three days are the most fun for teams since the season ended.

Magnets cling to several long white boards. This one will track every team's picks once the first round gets underway.

4:38 p.m. – Alabama and Auburn coaches and players, along with Commissioner Rodger Goodell, taking a moment of silence for the people affected by yesterday’s tragic outbreak of tornados in the South. A Birmingham native myself, this message hits home. My thoughts go out to all those back home devastated by the violent outbreak Wednesday.

Another set of magnets indicates who is on the clock. First up: the Carolina Panthers.

5:00 p.m. – The Panthers are on the clock. If San Diego stays at No. 18, expect the Chargers to be on the clock a bit after 7:30 p.m. PT. Trades are possible, but remember, teams cannot trade players this year, only draft picks.

5:06 p.m. – It’s official: Rivera and the Panthers have made Auburn QB Cam Newton the No. 1 overall pick of 2011.

5:07 p.m. – The first AFC West team is on the clock in Denver. Lots of folks expecting them to go defense. New head coach John Fox is a defensive guy.

5:14 p.m. – The Broncos select Texas A&M OLB Von Miller, as many expected. Head Coach Norv Turner has expressed his view that the Raiders and Chiefs have improved their teams with several high draft choices in recent years. Miller’s development will be something to monitor for Chargers fans.

5:24 p.m. – The Bengals make it three SEC players in the first four overall picks with Newton, Alabama DT-DE Marchell Dareus and Georgia WR A.J. Green secured by teams.

A pair of scouts sit on the couches to the right of the main draft room table, enjoying some snacks and watching the draft unfold.

5:45 p.m. – The Titans have selected Washington QB Jake Locker, making him the second QB taken in the draft. The first round is clipping along. We’re on pick nine 40 minutes in.

6:09 p.m. – Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt is off the board, going to the Texans at No. 11. He’ll play under former Chargers defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

6:32 p.m. – The Chargers’ pick is approaching fast. For those hoping for a defensive player, among those available are Cal DE Cameron Jordan, Purdue OLB/DE Ryan Kerrigan, Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers, Temple DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Illinois DT CoreyLiuget and Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara. Boston College OT Anthony Castonzo and Colorado OT Nate Solder also are available. Washington and New England pick ahead of the Chargers.

7:15 p.m. – The post-pick frenzy is at full strength here at Chargers Park. San Diego targeted Liuget and, thanks to a run of QBs, selected their guy at No. 18 overall.

Smith says Liuget will play defensive end for San Diego.

“We just think he’s going to bring physical play to it,” Smith said. “(He’s got) a nasty mean streak. We think he’s going to add that to it. He’s so willing to learn. So willing to absorb everything. He’s got an attacking style to him. So we’re going to add him. Put him in Greg Manusky’s wagon and turn him loose.”

9:25 p.m. – The first round went faster than many of us anticipated. The Chargers hold two second-round picks and two third-round picks, so Friday should be a busy day. Liuget also will visit San Diego for the first time in his life. We’ll see how SoCal compares to South Beach, as Liuget is a Miami native.

Stay true and keep pounding,
Christopher


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This Day in Chargers History: April 28

Posted by Christopher Smith on April 28, 2011 – 9:20 AM

April 28, 2008 – The Chargers sign 17 undrafted free agents, including fullback Mike Tolbert and tackle Brandyn Dombrowski. Despite not hearning their name called on draft day, both players have started for the Bolts since being signed. Tolbert led San Diego with 735 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns last season.


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This Day in Chargers History: April 27

Posted by Christopher Smith on April 27, 2011 – 8:55 AM

April 27, 1965 – The San Diego City Council endorses construction of a multipurpose stadium in Mission Valley, dropping the idea of a flaoting stadium in Mission Bay. The Mission Valley site was approved by voters later in ’65 and dedicated as San Diego Stadium in 1967. It assumed the name Qualcomm Stadium later when the Qualcomm Corporation contributed $18 million for naming rights.


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This Day in Chargers History: April 26

Posted by Christopher Smith on April 26, 2011 – 8:42 AM

April 26, 2008 – The Chargers select University of Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason with the 27th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Cason won the Jim Thorpe Award his senior year, which is given to the top defensive back in college football. He started all 16 games at cornerback in ’10.


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This Day in Chargers History: April 25

Posted by Christopher Smith on April 25, 2011 – 8:21 AM

April 25, 2000 – Dean Spanos names Ed McGuire as Vice President of Football Operations, a position he still holds. McGuire, who has since been named Assistant General Manager, is known around Chargers Park as the team’s “capologist” for his vast knowledge of the league’s salary cap.


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This Day in Chargers History: April 24

Posted by Christopher Smith on April 25, 2011 – 8:17 AM

April 24, 2004 – San Diego selects Eli Manning No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft and subsequently trades him to the New York Giants for Philip Rivers, the fifth overall choice. The Chargers also aquire the Giants’ third-round choice in ’04 (Nate Kaeding), first-round choice in ’05 (Shawne Merriman) and fifth-round choice in ’05 (traded for Roman Oben).


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This Day in Chargers History: April 23

Posted by Christopher Smith on April 25, 2011 – 8:13 AM

April 23, 2010 – First-round draft pick Ryan Mathews is introduced to the San Diego media at a press conference held at Chargers Park. The former Fresno State Bulldogs running back was the No. 12 overall selection of the 2010 NFL Draft.


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This Day in Chargers History: April 22

Posted by Christopher Smith on April 22, 2011 – 8:57 AM

April 22, 2003 – The Chargers name A.J. Smith as Executive Vice President/General Manager. President Dean Spanos promoted Smith to the position formerly held by his close friend and longtime associate John Butler, who lost his battle with lymphoma on April 11.


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This Day in Chargers History: April 21

Posted by Christopher Smith on April 21, 2011 – 8:16 AM

April 21, 2002 – Cornerback Quentin Jammer, the Chargers’ top selection in the 2002 NFL Draft, is introduced to San Diego in a Sunday morning press conference held at Chargers Park. Said Jammer: “I’m excited to be here because San Diego has great weather.”


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