The Los Angeles Chargers have finally taken an offensive player. Scott Quessenberry, a center who played at UCLA, was chosen with the No. 155 overall selection of the draft.
It marks the first offensive player the team has taken in this draft, having chosen Derwin James, Uchenna Nwosu, Justin Jones and Kyzir White with its first four selections. It also marks the second player that has been chosen from a local school, as Nwosu played at Southern Cal.
Telesco will just have to hope he gets more production out of Quessenberry than he did out of the last local center he drafted, USC’s Max Tuerk.
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For the Bruins, Quessenberry was a starter for most of his four years at the school. Most importantly, and likely the reason Telesco was drawn to him, is the fact that he played multiple positions along the offensive line.
At 6-4 and 310 pounds, Quessenberry is a stout offensive lineman who has the kind of strength to win his matchup. He posted 25 bench press reps of 225 pounds at the scouting combine and when watching the Bruins’ game against Stanford last year, he got the better of Harrison Phillips more than once.
In Los Angeles, he’ll come aboard and have a chance to win a rotational spot over guys like Sam Tevi and Donavan Clark. With the free-agent signing of Mike Pouncey this spring, Quessenberry will likely be used primarily as a guard unless Pouncey suffers an injury.
Still, down this far in the draft, finding a reliable offensive lineman with the kind of playing experience Quessenberry brings makes for a solid move for this team.