Cherilus Cements His Draft Stock Between Picks 25-40

Following an overall impressive post-season campaign of interviews, work outs, and All-Star games, it appears that Offensive Tackle Gosder Cherilus has firmly stated his case as being one of the top 5 tackles in the draft. He had a nice showing at Boston College's pro day and garnered the attention of a number of NFL teams present.

Cherilus' position in the NFL will likely be at right tackle, and he should be taken between picks 25-40. What this means for the Chargers is that he is a very realistic possibility for them at pick 27.

What remains to be seen, however, is if the Chargers value any offensive lineman high enough to spend a first round pick on them. Remember back in the 2006 draft when Roman Oben was walking around in a boot? It looked as if we would be without our starting left tackle for the season. The Chargers were picking at 19 that year and skipped on both Winston Justice and Marcus McNeil. They instead took Antonio Cromartie and while that is easily a no-brainer looking back, there were people who didn't value Cromartie as high as I did (and obviously the Chargers as well).

Add Gosder Cherilus to the cluster of prospects who will likely be available at pick 27 this year, but don't be surprised if the Chargers take a skill position guy instead of a lineman. But if they can get back into the second round, Gosder Cherilus and Dre Moore would be some amazing beef for our line!

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