There are 33 players currently scheduled to report to Chargers Park on Thursday for the beginning of the team’s rookie mini camp. The first year players will get their initial taste of life in the NFL and get acclimated to Head Coach Mike McCoy’s system. We will have extensive coverage of the mini camp, so here is a cheat sheet of the full 2013 rookie roster in order to familiarize yourself with those in attendance.
Six Draft Choices
D.J. Fluker (Right Tackle) – Selected in the first round with the 11th overall pick. A mountain of a man measuring in at 6-foot-5, 339-pounds. Intimidating and nasty style of play. Possesses colossal 10-and-a-half inch hands used to manhandle his opposition. Anchored Alabama to consecutive BCS Championships. According to General Manager Tom Telesco, Fluker is a “cornerstone of the offense” for years to come. Click here to get to know D.J. Fluker.
Manti Te'o (Inside Linebacker) – Selected in the second round with the 38th overall pick. Runner-up for this year’s Heisman Trophy. Instinctive linebacker who Telesco says has one of the highest football IQ’s he’s ever seen. Only the second Notre Dame player to ever post three consecutive 100-plus tackle seasons. The 2013 recipient of the Maxwell Trophy, the Dick Butkus Award, the Nagurski Award, the Lombardi Trophy, the Bednarik Award and the Walter Camp National Player of the Year. Click here to get to know Manti Te’o.
Keenan Allen (Wide Receiver) – Selected in the third round with the 76th overall pick. Smooth route runner out of Cal with natural hands, some NFL pundits have compared to Larry Fitzgerald. Has a knack for making defenders miss after the catch. In 2011 he caught 98 passes for 1,343 yards and six touchdowns, garnering First Team All-Pac-12 honors in the process. 2012 season was cut short due to injury, but says he is 90% healthy. Click here to get to know Keenan Allen
Steve Williams (Cornerback) – Selected in the fifth round with the 145th overall pick. Another Cal product, Williams is a speedy corner able to play on the outside as well as in the nickel. Chargers clocked his 40-yard dash time in the mid 4.30’s. Cal’s 2012 MVP on the defense side of the ball and earned third-team All-Pac-12 honors. Ranks sixth all-time at Cal in pass breakups. Click here to get to know Steve Williams.
Tourek Williams (Outside Linebacker) – Selected in the sixth round with the 179th overall pick. Starred as a defensive end at Florida International. An all-conference selection the past three years in the Sun Belt. In 2012 recorded 46 tackles, 14.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles Williams will be making the switch to outside linebacker with the Bolts as Telesco raves about his “high energy, high motor” style of play. Click here to get to know Tourek Williams.
Brad Sorensen (Quarterback) –Selected in the seventh round with the 221st overall pick. Physically gifted pocket passer who excelled in Southern Utah’s spread open offense. Possesses great arm strength. Named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year by completing 67.8% of his passes for 3,143 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2011. As a senior, completed 273 of 439 attempts and 23 touchdowns. Click here to get to know Brad Sorensen.
20 Rookie Free Agents
Jahleel Addae (Safety)- Central Michigan captain. Notched 80 or more tackles in his final three seasons. Recorded eight interceptions over the past two years.
Nick Becton (Left Tackle) – High upside player who started only one season at Virginia Tech. Was projected by some to be selected as high as the third round in the draft.
Frank Beltre (Outside Linebacker) – Lined up as defensive end in college but will make switch to outside linebacker with the Bolts. Hardworking aggressive leader of his Towson defense.
Greg Brown (Cornerback) –“Lockdown” Brown is coming off another standout season at Kansas. Ranked third in the league with 12 pass breakups in addition to a pair of interceptions.
Ben Cotton (Tight End) – Primarily known for run blocking. The 6-foot-5, 256-pound tight end out of Nebraska was an All-Big Ten Honorable mention as a senior, catching 18 balls for 239 yards and two TDs.
Marcus Cromartie (Cornerback) – The cornerback out of Wisconsin ran a 4.35 40-yard dash and had his best year in 2012, earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention accolades.
Kwame Geathers (Nose Tackle) –A 6-foot-5, 342-pound product out of Georgia. Projected by many to be selected in the middle rounds. Telesco recently signaled him out as a player who can provide depth at nose tackle.
Michael Hill (Running Back) – A compact 5-foot-10, 209-pound running back out of Missouri Western. Was the MVP of the RayCom College Football All-Star Classic, carrying the ball 12 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
Byron Jerideau (Nose Tackle) – The 6-foot-1, 334-pound senior out of South Carolina is another player Telesco believes can provide strong depth at nose tackle.
Josh Johnson (Cornerback) – Purdue cornerback plays a physical brand of ball despite measuring in at 5-foot-10, 199 pounds. Ran a 4.54 40-yard dash.
Richard Kent (Punter) – Vanderbilt Punter named a 2012 Second Team All-SEC selection by coaches.
Jamarkus McFarland (Defensive End) – The 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive end out of Oklahoma was featured by the New York Times coming out of high school as an elite prospect.
Daniel Molls (Inside Linebacker) – A tackling machine at Toledo, the inside linebacker recorded 166 tackles in 2012.
Brandon Moore (Defensive End) – Former Juco player is a physically gifted 6-foot-5, 317-pounder who surprised many by declaring for the draft after one season at Texas.
Kenny Okoro (Cornerback) – The Demon Deacon defensive back was productive over his four collegiate seasons, breaking up 38 passes and intercepting eight balls.
Randy Richards (Right Tackle) – After two solid seasons at Missouri State, the 6-foot-3, 303-pound offensive lineman was projected by some to be drafted as high as the fourth round.
David Rolf (Tight End) – The former defensive end played one single year at tight end at Utah
Luke Tasker (Wide Receiver) – Son of Steve Tasker finished fifth in Division 1-AA in yards per game.
Devan Walker (Outside Linebacker) – The 6-foot-2, 238-pound Southeastern Louisiana product is also making the move from defensive end to outside linebacker.
Mike Hermann (Quarterback) – A 6-foot-5, 250-pound passer out of RPI, Hermann completed 619 of 1,078 passes for 7,177 yards and 57 touchdowns in four seasons. He also ran the ball 435 times for 1,935 yards and 20 TDs
Seven Mini Camp Tryouts
Tony Burnett (Strong Safety) – The Trojan safety initially walked on at USC and previously lined up as a cornerback and linebacker. Voted the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year for 2012.
Justin Cudworth (Linebacker) – An outside linebacker out of Eastern Michigan was named to the Second Team All-Mid-American Conference, recording 85 tackles, eight for a loss and a forced fumble.
Riley Gauld (Offensive Guard) –The San Diego State Aztec is a 6-foot-5, 300-pound guard who doesn’t have to travel far for his NFL tryout.
Chris McNeill (Wide Receiver) – Wyoming wideout has caught 150 passes for 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns over his career, with 63 receptions for 722 yards and five scores coming in 2012.
Sam Schwartzstein (Center) – A leader on the offensive line, the Stanford center started every game in 2012 for a unit that surrendered the fewest sacks in the conference.
Anthony Williams (Defensive Line) – The Fresno State Bulldog started the first six games in 2012 before suffering a season-ending foot injury.
Matthew Wilmer (Wide Receiver) - A product out of Fairmount State, Wilmer excelled as a wideout as well as a return specialist.