Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Nevada Wolfpack offensive lineman Joel Bitonio speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Work Out Lineman in Nevada Pro Day


The San Diego Chargers offensive line coach was at the University of Nevada a few days ago in order to work out Joel Bitonio. Bitonio was the left tackle for the Wolf Pack and has shown the versatility to play anywhere along the offensive line. That sounds like a player that Tom Telesco loves. Bitonio worked out for other teams and he worked out at center, tackle and guard for all the teams that were present during Nevada’s Pro Day.

Bitonio is projected to be taken in the 2nd or 3rd round and could be a help for the Chargers on the offensive line. He can play at the guard spot that is occupied by Jeromey Clary or he can shift over to center if Nick Hardwick retires or if Hardwick is injured. He could be the new Rich Ohrnberger on the offensive line and could give the team depth across the offensive line.

Just looking at the strengths that were listed on NFL.com for Bitonio, he seems like a player that could bring some attitude up front:

Plays with vinegar and seeks to bury defenders — nasty finisher who runs his feet on contact and consistently blocks defenders off the screen. Extremely tough and durable. Highly versatile — can play any position on the line. Outstanding personal character and football character — work ethic, leadership and responsibility are all exemplary.

Based off of the players that the Chargers already have up front, he could fit in nicely with those guys.

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  • Sergio Quintero

    Sounds like the starting OG to replace Clary, that can be moved into OT in a pinch. Sounds like Logan Mankins, and much like Mankins can be moved to OT in case of emergency.

    Maybe the chargers are waiting to see how the draft plays out before deciding on Clary.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      You said exactly what I was going to say, Good man. I’m guessing til we get our “Bitonio” we plug him in at RG and then cut Clary, guess they don’t want to rush cutting ties with him yet. This dudes waaay better then Clary, him and Fluker pairing would be awesome.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        I get this feeling that it would have happened by now, If they were going to cut him…that way, he would have a chance to hit the market at the same time as all the other guards. Would TT do that to a player… hang him out to dry like that? They do act like they like him, and all.

        • NativeSanDiegan

          I agree with you Peter that TT doesn’t seem the type to hang Clary out to dry. But if Clary won’t re-do his contact… Also, I doubt it would affect his being signed much. Don’t think teams will be tripping over each other to rush to sign him. Would probably be signed as versatile veteran depth.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      it sure seems like a plan

      • Sergio Quintero

        Off topic is there any way to make the fan sided tab less sensitive, I mean anything close from my mouse and the thing just drops down something, its driving me nuts!!!

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          hahahha.. i can see what i can do, but that is not my call. i never had an issue with it getting in my way. ha

        • Gunnar Martin

          I do that all the time too! In fact, I just did it again while typing this. Need to get that thing fixed, fo sho.

    • tubbs45
      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Today.

  • Julien Bélair

    he totally is TT kind of guy! Bring him to be next to Fluker and they are going to kicked defenders away!

    • Sergio Quintero

      Sounds like a possible pro bowl level guard, he’s one Mayock’s favorites. I would love to pick this guy in the 3rd round, but something tell me he’s a 2nd rounder, so Van Noy or him, then its Van Noy.

      • Julien Bélair

        I agree with you !

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        unless we pull off that 1st for the 49ers pair of 2nds.. haha

        • Sergio Quintero

          What did you think of that chargers 1+5, for 49ers 2,2, 3. Its actually pretty close to the trade chart.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            if there is a team that doesn’t want to trade back and that would want to trade up in the draft, it would be the 49ers. i can see it happen. i think it would be great for the Chargers in this draft. GREAT!!!!

            the 49ers might be looking at other teams that are willing to move too though.

          • Sergio Quintero

            As my dad said, love is a 2 way street, if she’s not interested, you ain’t going nowhere.

        • esco charger

          Love this I hope it gets done I been saying this for weeks now it would be our best option 3 picks in the second imagine the possibilities CB NT OLB or even CB WR and this guy hope the niners like number 25

      • Joel Ayala

        I disagree. This dude before Van Noy Why cuz he’s definitely a 2nd Rounder. And PR’s Health is more important than a Pass rusher. Imo. And plus gets Clary outta here Asap. Lol.

  • Joel Ayala

    Dude sounds like another Fluker. Nasty tuff son of a gun. Man I hope he’s a Bolt. See Ya Clary.

  • 1961 Fan

    All speculation, this kid has not played one down of pro ball. They all look good in college because the are playing against other college level players that will never see the NFL.