Chris Watt working at center and right guard in OTAs

By Ernie Padaon

Oct 27, 2012; Norman, OK, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown with guard Chris Watt (66) against the Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers selected Chris Watt out of Notre Dame in the 3rd round of the draft in order to bring more depth up front on the offensive line. The plan is to get him working in at guard and also at center. He has been working in at the center position during OTAs, snapping the ball to Brad Sorensen in drills and has been playing at right guard as well.

Watt will bring versatility onto the roster and could be used as the team’s center in the future. He has a chance to make it in the interior of the line with Jeromey Clary rehabbing at the moment as well.

Watt will bring some youth up front and will get to learn from Jeromey Clary and Nick Hardwick at the position. He can get some valuable knowledge and be groomed to take over the starting job in a season or two. He will serve in the backup role for his first season and could get thrown into the mix if any disasters happen on the injury front. There is always that possibility for injuries on the offensive line and Watt will have to stay prepped.

At the time of the selection, I wanted to take a wide receiver with, but the addition of Watt seems more necessary at this time with Malcom Floyd returning and Jeromey Clary hurting.Rookie Chris Watt, who never played center in his 50-game Notre Dame career, snapped to Brad Sorensen during 11-on-11 drills. Watt has worked at both right guard and center in practices.