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
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.