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The Chargers coaches, scouts and front office brass covered Southern California with pro day trips to UCLA, USC and San Diego State.
But on Thursday, over 30 prospects from the region were on hand at Hoag Performance Center taking part in the Chargers’ local pro day as the NFL allows every team to host players who attended colleges or high schools in and around its city.
“It gives us another chance to see some of these players up close and personal, whether they meet with our coaches and do some work in the classroom, or we put them on the field and do some more drill work with them,” Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco said of the local pro day. “I just think it’s great for any kid who grew up in Southern California to get the chance to come to an NFL facility and work out for an NFL team. All these kids, I hope they’ll get an opportunity to play in the NFL. (But,) they all may not. I just think it’s nice that they can come in. Whether it’s a player who played at a high school in the area or whether they played in college, they have a chance to come in and work with some NFL coaches for the day and be around some NFL scouts for a day. I think it’s pretty exciting for them.”
USC was well represented at the workout with eight former Trojans in attendance. UCLA had six while San Diego State had three. Former Bruins center Scott Quessenberry said attending a pro day held at an NFL team’s headquarters was a memorable experience.
“It was a lot of fun to come out here and compete with a bunch of guys who either grew up in L.A. or played at USC or UCLA,” Quessenberry said. “I knew a lot of the guys out here and it was fun to come showcase my talents in front of my childhood team, the Los Angeles Chargers.”
Each player was put through drills specific for his position under the eyes of Chargers coaches and scouts. For many of them, this was one of their final chances to enhance their draft stock before the three-day event kicks off on April 26.
“(I wanted to) just show the coaches here that the film doesn’t lie and that they know what kind of player they’re getting and what kind of person they’re getting,” he added. “I’m going to be a great teammate and a great locker room guy and someone who’s going to come in and work hard every day.”
Here is a full list of players who attended: Read
|Brandon Arnold||FS||Oregon St|
|Mat Boesen||OTTO||Texas Christian|
|Jordan Dascalo||PT||Eastern Washington|
|Kam Kelly||FS||San Diego St|
|Max Lyons||SS||S'eastern Lousiana|
|Gabe Perez||OTTO||Boise St|
|Demario Richard||OH||Arizona St|
|Darryl Richardson||TEA||San Diego St|
|Jason Sanders||PK||New Mexico|
|Alex Van Dyke||WO||UCLA|
|David Wells||TEB||San Diego St|
|JoJo Wicker||DT||Arizona St|