Chargers Interview Three Players at Shrine Practices

By Ernie Padaon

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.