Chargers Interview Three Players at Shrine Practices

The San Diego Chargers are present during the East-West Shrine practices. Yesterday we shared that the Bolts were eyeing Alabama WR Darius Hanks. Today we found a few more prospects that the Chargers have made contacts with.

According to Walter Football, the Chargers interviewed these three players during the practices:

Oregon tight end David Paulson

Hardworking overachiever with the secure hands, short-area quickness and football savvy to beat underneath zones. Seldom creates after the catch, but can be trusted in the clutch and consistently move the sticks. Stiff route runner with limited athletic ability. Lacks bulk and functional playing strength desired as a blocker, and does not possess the frame to add much mass. – Pro Football Weekly

We will need to start looking for options at this position for the Post-Gates era. Paulson could be an option to draft toward the end of the draft.

Temple tight end Evan Rodriguez

Immature, high-maintenance H-back who thinks he already has arrived and does not realize how far he has to go to make it in the pros. Moves fluidly, adjusts easily to the ball and has the athletic ability to factor in the receiving game, attacking the ball in the air like a receiver and showing the grace of a power forward. Is thickly built but undersized to hold up as a blocker and his questionable character could leave him undrafted. – Pro Football Weekly

Here is another option at tight end that we could pick up late in the draft. He has a basketball background and Antonio Gates could be a good mentor for the kid.

Fresno State wide receiver Devon Wylie

The fastest player in Fresno State history, Wylie is a sudden playmaker and vertical threat with a lean, short-armed, athletic build who has been dinged every year and has struggled to stay on the field. When 100 percent, he displays instant acceleration, quick feet and loose hips with twitch to separate. Flashes leaping ability, body control and hand-eye coordination and is like a running back after the catch — can turn a short throw into a long gain. Has the skill set to toggle between all receiver spots and excel as a return man and has experience as a “gunner.” Durability will dictate his value. – Pro Football Weekly

Just watch this kid’s highlight tape and you will be instantly impressed. He struggles with injuries, but could be a player we could put in a competition for he punt return job. He could also contribute in special teams. He will probably be drafted around the 4th round.

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  • the gorn

    Wylie sounds like Goodman to me. Why isn’t AJ looking at beef?!

    • sjt2115

      @the gorn I’m sure he isn’t only looking at WRs.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon
  • sjt2115

    “Immature, high maintenance”? Is he a tight end or a snooty sorority girl?

  • rickcnsdca

    Personally I hope AJ and Norv got read the riot act and if they fail to achieve they will be gone before seasons end. Thats why they absolutely need to pick a high caliber OC or DC to replace Norv now in case this move is needed.

  • Bleu

    Why are they not focusing on George Brian the man is 6’5TE I have not personally saw him play but i see potential bcuz of his size. He shows no character flaws like the other guy.

  • MikeTuck

    We had another Fresno St. reciever that proved he could catch the ball with great hands. Sejitutu was let go for Goodman. A bad decision when you consider the return game has been nulified.

    • gtr_donald

      @MikeTuck You act like Seyi Ajirotutu is the next Jerry Rice. Dude had ONE CATCH this year and it was for a massive FOUR YARDS. Meanwhile, Goodman had the longest kickoff return in Charger history and was a pretty good gunner on punt coverage. But, according to you, letting go a dude that had that one awesome catch for four really long yards for a dude that broke off a 105 kickoff return for a touchdown was a mistake. Do you just pine away for all of the players that the Chargers cast aside?

      • Bleu

        @gtr_donald @MikeTuck

      • Bleu

        @gtr_donald @MikeTuck Richard Goodman indeed did have the longest kicc return in CHARGER HISTORY I just dont like the fact we had to wait the last game of the year for that return. I’m glass we kept Gooman instead of that other guy that 4 yard reception was nothing.

  • MikeTuck

    @Bleu It was great too see Goodman return one, and he did great in the preseason. But get your facts straight

    Seyi Ajiotutu played in 10 games had 13 receptions for 262 yrds, a 20.2 avg. 2 TD’s and a long of 55. He was a major contributer towards the end of the season, and also blocked well. I wouldn’t have minded goodman and Ajiotutu. Your thinking of walters.

    • gtr_donald

      @MikeTuck No. Seyi Ajirotutu had 1 catch for 4 yards THIS YEAR, not last year. He’s with Carolina now and didn’t do anything, aside from that one awesome catch for four really long yards. Apparently, Seyi couldn’t contribute to his new team, which has less depth than the Chargers.

  • MikeTuck

    Another attack by Mr. donald, You need to watch more, Goodman got the call because of Ajiotutu’s lack of play at special teams. And it was based wisely because Goodman was great on all special teams. I was expressing the play at backup reciever.

    And for you information Welker is playing like jerry Rice and has the rings. So yes I don’t like what Smith has released, based on scoreboard. Everything I type is not personnal like yours, I see what great picks Smith has made and didn’t have the patience to let develope. There’s always a better one around the corner. These are College kids, it takes touches and 2-3 years to see what you have. We fed the SF defense for years. Now we’ve become a farm team for the rest of the league. Open your vision a bit, that’s all. See what’s taking place with all those great picks. The draft is for filling needs, not for going out and getting the latest pick that ESPN’s draft analist have already made a star. It’s the mentality of he’s cheaper, or I have to have him so let last years go. Patience ( remember what you said about our fans not being this.) Well Smith needs to be patient and just fill needs.

    • gtr_donald

      @MikeTuck I’m not sure what you’re talking about here. Where did Wes Welker enter the picture? If I remember correctly, the reason why they didn’t keep him around is because they already has Tim Dwight and were paying him a boatload of cash.

      And I’m really confused why you keep referencing sound bites. That makes no sense whatsoever. I don’t watch ESPN, nor do I have cable, so I’m not sure what you’re trying to say with that one.

  • MikeTuck

    Steve Smith and new QB. 1st year there. Patience remember Donald. Sound Bites were invented by ESPN and have caught them alot of times with their foot in their mouth. But they never taste it because todays fan is always waiting for the next sound/video bite. They never tell the whole story but who needs the whole story. Nothing in depth because today it’s about highlights and sound/video bites.Your introduction to me was that Charger Fans were not patient enough, they think things are suppose to happen right now. You don’t know a Charger Fan, still waiting for that Superbowl. I’ll be waiting for ever but I’m a SAN DIEGO CHARGERS FAN. The only thing I’m not patient enough for is you. So please keep your comments for someone else, and your facts straight.

  • Bleu

    Well goodman probably did stay there over the guy but I think the sdchargers saw something we didn’t. He did make a few plays this year though. I’m satisfied with vbrown and I did confuse him with walters so you got me there. But we can use more depth at wr and youth

  • MikeTuck

    Bleu; You and I both on Brown. I’m really jazzed by his routes and hands. Wylie out of Fresno would be excellent with his speed. Alot of good players have come out of Fresno St. I haven’t seen enough of his games to know how consistant he is. You just can’t rely on speed, great route runners are the best because you can rely on them being there. But speed helps alot. Browns toughness is what got me, that and I like local talent. I don’t think we look at the west coast near enough. That’s why I say be patient and give 1st & 2ND year players alot of touches. Seyi because of Jacksons absense played more at the end of last season. Naanee got more time. But a 20+ yrd avg catch was no fluke, and his hands were solid. 6′ 3″ 211 gave him great size like Brown. Goodman showed great speed at runbacks on kickoffs, but didn’t show all that well at W/R. My hope is that they give all 3 Jackson, Floyd & Brown 2-3 year deals. The complaint I always hear about Floyd is injury prone. That is what depth is for, you can’t give away hands like that, and all he wanted was Smith to acknowledge his ability, and they just made him wait all year.

  • Bleu

    You are a real BOLTHEAD I couldn’t agree with you more about everything u said. We must stetson every player we have on offense as far as WR,TE,HB,FB positions go. We just have one liability and that is PCrayton. He is a decent player but his skillset is not what the Chargers need. Wylie could solve our PR issues and could be a great edition t to our WR.core depth is important bcuz injuries are a factor with any football team. We are a passing offense with an elite qb we can never to many weapons. There are so many great players that are from non bcs school and you are rite fresno st is a school with a quality football program. Our main issue is defense though. What are we gone do? We need our defense bac!

  • MikeTuck

    Bleu; Yes the Defense needs some help. Jammer is aging and a great safety next to Weddle would help. But as far as up front they could go to a 4-3 and w/ Castillo coming back they would have Castillo- Garay-Martin-and Luigit. Thomas to boot. Then Barnes Butler Phillips at LB. this would give Spikes some rest w/ Gamble Byrd etc. to fill in. That wopuld get a better push up front 4 against 5, then the speed of Phillips and Barnes could be put to good use.Their real liability is Offensive line, so if they can fill in the D with free agents they can use the draft to go after a O-line and W/R.

  • Bleu

    I think we could answer our SS problems in FA. And we could be effective in the 4-3 I could c how that scheme could work for the personnel we already have but, we need to upgrade in a few areas. I wish we could get more production from our NT to force qbs out of the poccet a force up the middle is a key component to causing INT’S. I miss Jamaal williams. That its important bcuz we have a decent edge rush.

  • MikeTuck

    I bow to you oh donald yes Dwight and we didn’t need anyone else as Dwight was getting older. Your the master oh sound bite one!

    • gtr_donald

      @MikeTuck Now that you are being a dick, I wonder if you are going to figure out how to spell and use correct punctuation.

      I guess you just have a hard-on for all former Charger players. Welker didn’t develop until he got to New England. I know that you blame Smith for releasing him, but maybe you should look at your hero Schottenheimer for that one. Welker played in one game and then was waived.

  • MikeTuck

    Bleu; I agree that’s why the 4-3. Williams in a 3-4 was awesome, but those types of tackles don’t come around much. So with Martin and Garay inside and Castillo and Luigit at DE you’ll have 4 against 5 insted of 3. You noticed that we mostly rushed 3 and didn’t blitz very much except for 4-5 of the last games when Barnes took LaBoys place. Then we got to the QB.You have defenses up against those 4 and Barnes and Phillips one at a time can put alot of pressure on the QB. And that would allow Spikes to take everyones place at LB throughout the game keeping him fresh.

    • gtr_donald

      @MikeTuck Castillo and Luiget would be DTs in a 4-3. The Chargers don’t have 4-3 DEs. It would take a huge personnel transition to go from a 3-4 to a 4-3.

  • Bleu

    Hopefully this year CamThomas can show us something. Regardless we gotta find a way to get pressure up the middle bcuz that would take away the option of step’n up in the poccet but with Barnes and Phillips we do
    have a significant edge rush.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @Bleu we definitely have to get a push up the middle. Garay is a good player, but he is not an every down player and quarterbacks were able to step up in the pocket a lot last year to avoid the rush. need that push from someone

  • Bleu

    Well thats what they need to do then bottom line.

  • MikeTuck

    Martin and Garay have pressured up the middle when we’ve blitzed and committed to the rush. Imagine a Castillo Garay Martin Luigit front line 4 bigs against their offensive line. Advantage goes to who gets off quicker and the numbers game. Do we play 3 against 5 without the blitz, or do we play 4 against 5 without blitzing. If your going to depend on your line to put pressure, you better have 4,. 3 works if you use the OLB as part of the line, which we did under Phillips and Marty. Then new coach different style. Likes to use OLB in coverage and guard against outside swings. That’s fine except you’ve shrunk your line to 3 insted of 5 or 6. Norv’s gameplan would hold some salt if he used a 4 man line. Your asking Garay to be Williams without LB help, impossible. Either let Barnes and Phillips run constant line support from either side or get a 4 man front.

  • Bleu

    U just schooled me bro. But our strength on defense has always ben our LB core and now we lacc production from our LB

  • MikeTuck

    Donald; I agree Castillo is to slow and Luigit may be fast enough but not double teamed. That’s why when Turner took over he should have been using the OLB’s as part of the line pressuring 1-2 at a time depending on run or pass play. He’s used Phillips in pass protection which he can do. But it’s not that Merriman is gone, Barnes is a great pass rusher too. It’s how they’ve been used. Wade Phillips always had a OLB helping on pass pressure, and alot of times 2OLB. Turner keeps them in coverage and then you complain they aren’t getting that push. Count a Offensive Line, add the wieght, now take are 3 and add the wieght. 2 are going to be double teamed constantly. Williams had Phillips and Merriman that pulled those Doubles off. So it’s math and easy math. I just can’t believe that those who watch our D-line and complain can’t add it up. The 3-4 was invented for more speed at the outside. So use the OLB they were the DE of the 3-4. It’s Turners and his D-coordinators fault we haven’t pressured the QB. Gameplan using a 4-3 if don’t want your LB’s rushing the QB!!!!!

  • Bleu

    This shit is hardd to focus so much on defense its crazy.

  • MikeTuck

    Yes the Chargers had some great LB’s and look no further than Nick perry USC. We have alot of local talent and USC draws the best, so I hope they stay at home and get him. Yes I know he’s a ILB but his talent would allow him to play either .

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @MikeTuck im pretty sure perry plays defensive end and in our system could be standing up on the edge as an outside linebacker

  • Bleu

    Me and my brother were just speaking on NPerry thats crazy. And when it come to defensive players SC produces alot of greats especially LB. Looc what Rey Maualuga has done for the bengals!.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @Bleu dont forget brian cushing and clay matthews… all 3 of them were on that defense together. that was SICK.

      • Bleu

        @epadaon we gone be orite this season the afc is in trouble…..

        • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

          @Bleu i love the confidence.. i will wait to see what we have on the roster, but am sure i will be blinded with confidence to start the year as usual

  • Bleu

    Yea how could I forget them ima fool. The only thing is this this year I expect to go 12-4 this season. I got confidence in or front office its time to take over the entire AFC

  • MikeTuck

    Seau, Rivers, Mcguiness, Lott, Palomalu, you could go on for awhile but there’s a few that just made it in pro ball.

  • Bleu

    You know I feel like we honestly are not very far from a super bowl appearence this time we ain’t losing……

  • MikeTuck

    Yeah I’ve been saying that for 40+ years, and I believe it everytime. When we have the offensive firepower we now have and a good D we should. it’s now about weather the gameplanning and coaching will get them there. For those that say it’s not the coaching, note to self Bobby Ross.

  • MikeTuck

    Yes I believe his size is comparable to Phillips when he was drafted. He has the speed and size to play the OLB.

    • Bleu

      @MikeTuck that shouldn’t be a problem for him.

  • Bleu

    Talent has never ben that much of an issue with us it was always coaching that we lacced honestly. Norv aint a bad coach but he is missing other pieces on his coaching staff lets c about this year

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