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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Chargers’ hidden treasure: Defensive line

By Bill Williamson

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Examining a position group that could exceed its preseason expectations:

The San Diego defensive line has been kind of flat in recent years.

It lost a lot of talent and it hasn’t been a difference-making unit in the Chargers’ 3-4 set.

I think that is changing. There are some interesting young players on this unit that will help improve this group.

It starts with 2011 first-round pick Corey Liuget. The end has progressed and the Chargers are expected to unleash him. Young nose tackle Cam Thomas is an underrated player who is solid. Fellow young player Vaughn Martin is coming into his own and he is a strong rotational player.

Add players like veterans Antonio Garay, Luis Castillo, Jacques Cesaire and rookie Kendall Reyes (who has big-time potential) and this unit has plenty of talent to be a difference-maker right now.