Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins (65) and guard Trai Turner (56) against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. LSU Tigers defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers were present during the LSU Pro Day on Wednesday and the Chargers Line Coach (assuming Coach Joe D.) was working out with LSU OG Trai Turner. Here is what Turner said about his day:
“I went over some film with the Chargers offensive line coach and then he worked me out. The head coach was there, too. I have a personal workout this week with the Lions tomorrow. I’m ready to get all that started. I have a workout with Tampa Bay Saturday and then I fly to Dallas Sunday. – Nola.com
The Chargers have interest in the big guard and he could be available during the middle rounds of the draft. He would provide depth in the middle of the offensive line and could push for a starting job after the seasons when Jeromey Clary‘s contract is up.
Turner could take a year to develop and learn from the other guys on the roster. He would serve as depth on the roster in his first season, then he could line up on the right side of the line with D.J. Fluker. He would be a solid option for the Chargers in the 4th round of the draft if he is available.
Here is a bit of a scouting report from CBS Sports on him:
STRENGTHS: Naturally large man with a square frame and long arms. Possesses good initial quickness off the snap for a man of his size, showing the ability to pull as well as release to find linebackers at the second level.
Latches on to his opponent with strong hands and can be overpowering, driving defenders backward and occasionally to the turf for the emphatic pancake block. Shows some lateral agility when he keeps his shoulders square, mirroring defenders in pass protection.
Some coachable flaws to his game which could be improved upon, giving him some legitimate developmental upside.