Three weeks before the start of training camp, the Chargers have taken the first step in getting their draft picks under contract as they signed two of their five choices Tuesday. Running back Marcus Thomas and offensive tackle Corey Clark both signed four-year contracts.
Thomas, a fifth-round pick (166 overall) out of Texas-El Paso, is a big runner with a slashing style who is expected to compete with Darren Sproles and Jacob Hester for playing time behind LaDainian Tomlinson. The Chargers drafted Thomas (6-0, 215) with the 166th overall selection after he rushed for 1,166 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior at UTEP.
Clark was drafted in the seventh round (234 overall) out of Texas A&M. The 6-6, 315-pound Clark was a two-year starter for the Aggies and will most likely battle for a reserve role along the offensive line. Clark spent most of his time during minicamp and offseason coaching sessions working at right tackle.
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