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Draft History: Guards and Centers

Posted Apr 20, 2012

SAN DIEGO – As we begin our preview of the guards and centers available in the 2012 NFL Draft, here’s a look at players the Chargers have drafted at the position.

Player: Louis Vasquez
Position: G
Drafted: 2009, third round (78th overall)
School: Texas Tech
Career with Chargers: Vasquez has started 38 games in three NFL seasons on the right side of the line. The coaches installed the 6-foot-5, 335-pound guard into the starting lineup as a rookie despite Vasquez playing in a dissimilar college scheme under Mike Leach. The Red Raiders employed wide splits between linemen. Yet Vasquez played well enough to earn All-Rookie status from Pro Football Weekly and the Professional Football Writers of America.

Player: Tyronne Green
Position: G
Drafted: 2009, fourth round (133rd overall)
School: Auburn
Career with Chargers: Green, it seems, finally has a home on the Chargers’ offensive line. The 6-foot-2, 316-pounder practiced at center, guard and tackle during 2010 offseason workouts and training camp, and rarely has been able to focus on one position for an extended period of time. After starting eight of San Diego’s last 10 games at left guard, Green will get a chance to replace Kris Dielman (retired).

Player: Nick Hardwick
Position: C
Drafted: 2004, third round (66th overall)
School: Purdue
Career with Chargers: A steady leader and consummate professional, Hardwick has started 103 games in eight seasons, all with the Bolts. A Pro Bowler in ’06, Hardwick in many years has been an unsung strength of the Chargers’ elite offense. Quarterback Philip Rivers has taken the majority of his career snaps from Hardwick, who also helps identify blitzes and is a solid all-around blocker.

Player: Don Macek
Position: C
Drafted: 1976, second round (31st overall)
School: Boston College
Career with Chargers: Played in 162 games during 14 seasons with the Chargers. Dan Fouts’ center for most of his career, the 6-foot-2, 270-pound Macek is a Chargers Hall of Famer and a member of the 50th-Anniversary All-Time Team. Often playing through injury, Macek helped anchor an offensive line that led the NFL in sacks allowed per pass attempt from 1981-83 as a forgotten engine of Air Coryell.

Year Player Position Round Drafted School
2005 Wes Sims G 6th (177 overall) Oklahoma
2002 Toniu Fonoti G 2nd (39) Nebraska
2000 Jason Thomas G 7th (222) Hampton
1999 Reginald Nelson G 5th (141) McNeese State
1996 Bryan Stoltenberg C 6th (192) Colorado
1995 Troy Sienkiewicz G 6th (177) New Mexico State
1994 Isaac Davis G 2nd (43) Arkansas
Vaughn Parker G 2nd (63) UCLA
1993 Joe Cocozzo G 3rd (64) Michigan
1992 Curtis Whitley C 5th (117) Clemson
1991 Eric Moten G 2nd (47) Michigan State
Terry Beauford G 7th (192) Florida A&M
Mike Heldt C 10th (257) Notre Dame
1990 Frank Cornish C-G 6th (143) UCLA
Jeff Novak G 7th (172) Southwest Texas State
Chris Goetz G 9th (227) Pittsburgh
1989 Courtney Hall C 2nd (37) Rice
1988 Stacy Searels C-G 4th (93) Auburn
Ed Miller C 11th (285) Pittsburgh
1987 Joe Goebel C 11th (284) UCLA
1980 Chuck Loewen G 7th (175) South Dakota State
1978 John Choma G 5th (135) Virginia
1977 Bob Rush C 1st (254) Memphis State
1976 Ed Jones G 14th (378) Cincinnati
Jack Harrison G 16th (434) Cal
1975 Ralph Perretta G 8th (206) Purdue
John Rousch G 15th (370) Oklahoma
Chip Salvestrini G 16th (398) Yankton
1974 Mark Markovich C 2nd (43) Penn State
Tom Forrest G 8th (185) Cincinnati
1973 Marvin Roberts C 6th (135) Michigan State
Jay Douglas C 11th (268) Memphis State
1972 Bruce Ward G 6th (141) San Diego State
1971 Ed Foote C 16th (403) Hawaii
Chip Kell C 17th (429) Tennessee
1970 Marc Steen G 10th (250) Florida
David Sanks G 17th (431) Louisville
1969 David Arnold G 10th (251) Northwest Lousiana
1968 Bell Lenkaitis C 2nd (43) Penn State
1966 Jerome Bell C 19th (171) Oklahoma
1965 Steve DeLong G 1st (6) Tennessee
Veran Smith G 11th (86) Utah State
Jack Edwards C 20th (158) Florida State
1964 Pete Goimarac C 5th (36) West Virginia
1963 Rufus Guthrie G 2nd (10) Georgia Tech
Dick Walton G 13th (98) Iowa State
Harrison Rosdahl G 14th (107) Penn State
Jack Cverko G 14th (109) Northwestern
Ken Dill C 26th (202) Ole Miss
Harry Butsko G 27th (210) Maryland
1962 Roy Winston G 6th (42) LSU
Irv Bishop G 11th (88) Fresno State
Dick Farris G 23rd (184) North Texas State
Mike Woufle G 26th (208) Colorado
1961 Willie Hector G 10th (80) Pacific
Greg Larson C 11th (87) Minnesota
Mike Lucci C 20th (160) Tennessee
Ben Balme G 24th (192) Yale
Bill Kinnune G 26th (208) Washington
Chuck Allen G 28th (224) Washington
Mike McKeever G 30th (240) USC
1960 Charles Boone C N/A Richmond
Rodney Breedlove G N/A Maryland
James Cameron C N/A East Texas State
William Lopasky G N/A West Virginia
Bob Schlotz C N/A Notre Dame
Wayne Stewart G N/A Citadel
Bob Wehking C N/A Florida

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