This week, San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco briefly discussed how his team uses pre-draft visits in the lead-up to the draft.
“Usually they’re just to clean up questions on guys,” Telesco said. “It could be anything, from medical, physical to character. But usually it’s just to clean some things up.”
Like other NFL teams, the Chargers also use pre-draft visits to recruit potential undrafted free agents they’d like to bring into camp.
For fans and reporters covering the teams, the visits help provide a blueprint for the type of players the Chargers may be looking for in the upcoming draft or in free agency.
Teams can have up to 30 players in for pre-draft visits. In addition, teams can also have a local day for San Diego-area prospects. The Chargers had their local day on April 16, and I’m still working to confirm all the players that visited the team’s facility.
Players on local pro day visits are not included in San Diego’s 30 players allowed for pre-draft visits. The deadline for teams to host players on pre-draft visits was April 27.
So the following is a list of players who reportedly traveled to San Diego for a pre-draft visit. I also listed players the team worked out away from the facility. If you see others that I have missed add them to the comments section, and I will continue to update the list leading up to the draft.
Kenneth Acker, CB SMU – At 6-foot and 190 pounds, Acker took a pre-draft visit to San Diego according to Yahoo! Sports. Acker started all 12 games for the Mustangs in 2013, finishing with three interceptions and 13 pass breakups.
Davante Adams, WR Fresno State – Adams reportedly took a pre-draft visit to San Diego. At 6-1 and 212 pounds, Adams led the nation with 131 catches for 1,718 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Deon Anthony, WR Troy – A quarterback in college, according to the National Football Post, Anthony worked out as a receiver for the Chargers. At 6-foot and 210 pounds, Anthony ran a 4.44-second, 40-yard time and posted a 36-inch vertical jump at his pro day.
Jeremiah Attaochu, DE Georgia Tech – Attaochu finished as the all-time sack leader in Georgia Tech history with 31.5 sacks. At 6-3 and 252 pounds, Attaochu has experience in both a 4-3 and 3-4 defensive fronts. A representative from the Chargers worked him out in Atlanta.
Anthony Barr, OLB UCLA – Representatives from the Chargers met with the 6-4, 255-pound Barr, watching film with the UCLA product before his pro day last month.
Dillon Baxter, RB Baker University (Kansas) – The San Diego native and transfer from USC attended the Chargers' local pro day. At 5-11 and 203 pounds, Baxter ran a 4.46-second, 40-yard time and posted a 37-inch vertical jump at his pro day.
Nat Berhe, S San Diego State – At 5-10 and 193 pounds, Berhe ran a 4.5-second, 40-yard time at his pro day and bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times. Berhe attended the Chargers' local pro day.
Carl Bradford, OLB Arizona State – Bradford took a pre-draft visit to San Diego. At 6-1 and 250 pounds, Bradford led the Sun Devils with 8.5 sacks in 2013.
Brian Clarke OL Bloomsburg – According to Tony Pauline of Draft Insider, Clarke took a pre-draft visit to San Diego. Clarke benched 225 pounds 33 times and ran under 5 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his pro day. He projects as an offensive guard in the NFL.
Brock Coyle, ILB Montana – A possible late-round flyer or priority free agent, Coyle took a pre-draft visit to San Diego. At 6-1 and 235 pounds, Coyle ran a 4.6-second 40-yard dash and posted a 37-inch vertical jump at his pro day.
Scott Crichton, DE Oregon State – At 6-2 and 275 pounds, Crichton plays with a physical, relentless motor, and can also line up at different spots on the field to rush the passer. Crichton’s a fit as a strongside defensive end in a 4-3 or a strongside, outside linebacker in a 3-4. Crichton attended San Diego on a pre-draft visit.
Alden Darby, DB Arizona State – According to the Arizona Republic, Darby worked out for the Chargers. At 5-11 and 192 pounds, Darby finished with 72 tackles and four interceptions as a safety for the Sun Devils.
Ben Gardner, DE Stanford, DE – According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Gardner took a pre-draft visit to San Diego. At 6-4 and 262 pounds, Gardner can play defensive end in a 3-4 or stand up and play outside linebacker.
Darryl Johnson, OL New Mexico – According to Tony Pauline of Draft Insider, Johnson took a pre-draft visit to San Diego. At 6-4 and 300 pounds, Johnson played left tackle for the Lobos.
Najja Johnson, CB Buffalo – At 5-10 and 190 pounds, Johnson ran a 4.40 40-yard time at his pro day. The Chargers reportedly held a private workout with Johnson.
Cody Latimer, WR Indiana – Latimer had a pre-draft visit to San Diego. Chargers GM Tom Telesco also attended his pro day.
Spencer Long, OL Nebraska – According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, Long had a pre-draft visit with the Chargers.
Marcus Martin, C USC – The Chargers met privately with Martin, considered the top center prospect in this year’s draft.
Elhadji Ndiaye DE Nebraska-Kearney – At 6-4 and 251 pounds, Ndiaye is a former basketball player who attended Grossmont College in San Diego before transferring to Nebraska-Kearney.
Eric Pinkins, S San Diego State – Pinkins attended San Diego’s local pro day at the team facility. Put up impressive numbers at his pro day, including a 4.40 40-yard time at 6-3 and 220 pounds.
Jarrod Pughsley OL Akron – At 6-4 and 310 pounds, Pughsley is considered a developmental prospect. He traveled to San Diego on a pre-draft visit.
Andru Pulu, DT Eastern Washington – A scout from the Chargers attended the defensive tackle’s pro day. At 6-2 and 320 pounds, Pulu has good explosion for his size.
Bradley Roby, CB Ohio State – A potential first-round selection, Roby traveled to San Diego for a pre-draft visit.
Garrett Scott, OL Marshall – According to NFL.com, Scott worked out for the Chargers. At 6-4 and 305 pounds, Marshall can play both guard and tackle.
Marcus Smith, OLB Louisville – Chargers linebackers coach Joe Barry worked out the 6-3, 251-pound pass-rusher at his pro day.
Jimmy Staten, DT Middle Tennessee State – According to the National Football Post, the 6-3, 331-pound Staten took a pre-draft visit to San Diego.
Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, DT Boise State – According to U-T San Diego, the 6-3, 300-pound defensive tackle had a pre-draft visit with the Chargers in San Diego.
Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL UCLA – Chargers offensive line coach Joe D’Alesandris worked out Sua-Filo at his pro day.
Colton Underwood, DE Illinois State – According to the National Football Post, Underwood visited San Diego.
Kyle Van Noy, OLB BYU – Representatives from the Chargers worked out Van Noy at his pro day.
Jason Verrett, CB TCU – Verrett met with the Chargers at the scouting combine, and a scout from San Diego attended his pro day.
Brandon Watts, OLB Georgia Tech – Watts ran an impressive 4.4 40-yard time at 6-2 and 235 pounds. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Chargers had a private workout with Watts.
Larry Webster, DE Bloomberg – Tony Pauline of Draft Insider reports that the Chargers worked out Webster and had him in for a pre-draft visit.
Brian Wozniak, TE Wisconsin – At 6-4 and 255 pounds, the blocking tight end traveled to San Diego for a pre-draft visit.
Chad Young, FB San Diego State – 5-10, 240-pound fullback attended Chargers' local pro day.