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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Chargers finally get their nose tackle

By Bill Williamson

The Chargers got their nose tackle, after all. After bypassing the need for the first four rounds, San Diego traded up to address the position.

They took North Carolina nose tackle Cam Thomas at No. 146. San Diego traded their No. 159 pick and a fifth-round pick in next year's draft to take Thomas.

He is huge. He is 6-foot-4, 328 pounds. He is a massive run stopper, who was expected to go as high as the second round. Thomas should immediately step into the rotation. The Chargers missed the presence of a massive nose tackle last year when Jamal Williams (who was released this offseason and who has since signed with Denver) was injured.

Nose tackle was considered one of San Diego’s greatest draft needs along with running back. San Diego filled that hole when it traded up to No. 12 to take Fresno State’s Ryan Mathews.