Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

SAN DIEGO – Versatile, athletic and productive – those words have been used repeatedly when describing the newest trio of Chargers acquired in the first three rounds of the 2012 NFL player draft. On Friday, with the 49th pick in the second round, Kendall Reyes became one of the newest members to the Chargers organization. Following the first-round pick of defensive player Melvin Ingram, Reyes was the second defensive player selected by the Chargers, only to be followed by yet another defensive player selection of Brandon Taylor in the third round.

SAN DIEGO—After spending their first three picks on players expected to help address their defensive shortcomings, the San Diego Chargers spent the last day of the NFL draft loading up on offensive backups.

Michigan center David Molk was selected by the San Diego Chargers during the final round of the NFL draft on Saturday, making him the second Lemont native to be drafted this year.

FOXBOROUGH – The first round of the NFL draft went by quickly Thursday night and the phone didn’t ring for Kendall Reyes of the University of Connecticut, who was considered one of the four top defensive linemen in the draft.

The Chargers need depth on the offensive line, where four-time Pro Bowl left guard Kris Dielman retired due to a concussion. Tyronne Green is penciled in as Dielman’s replacement.

On a day that Shanna Robinson had been praying for, her son’s NFL dream became reality Saturday when Ladarius Green was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 draft by the San Diego Chargers.

SAN DIEGO —- There are common themes between one A.J. Smith draft and another. The Chargers’ general manager selects players atop the draft who can solve present problems and focuses on the future in the latter rounds.

Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith had just completed the most critical draft of his captaincy, but it didn’t keep him from opening our conversation with sarcasm. Probably because he knows I appreciate a good sarcasm and recognize one when I hear it.

Kendall Reyes was hopeful, but not overly optimistic, that his name would be called during Thursday night’s opening round of the NFL draft.

After patiently waiting through the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, University of Louisiana senior Ladarius Green had cause to celebrate early on Saturday when he was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 15th pick of the fourth round (110th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The wait was a little longer than maybe Ladarius Green expected, but the Washington High graduate has landed in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers.