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Chargers have nine picks in 2006 NFL Draft

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chargers.com/news/press-releases/press-release-20060421.htm">Chargers.com</a>

    <img width="295" height="184" alt="Chargers top 3 2005 draft picks" title="Chargers top 3 2005 draft picks" src="http://www.nctimes.com/content/articles/2005/04/25/sports/professional/42405201830.jpg" />

    With nine choices in the upcoming NFL Draft, including the 19th selection in the first round, San Diego Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith expects to add a bevy of promising talent to the roster. The draft begins on Saturday, April 29 at 9:00 a.m. PDT and concludes on Sunday, April 30. Rounds 1-3 are scheduled for Saturday and Rounds 4-7 will take place on Sunday. Smith says the Chargers will be ready come draft day.

    "The draft is an exciting time of the year for everyone involved, myself and (assistant general manager) Buddy Nix, the scouts and the coaches," said Smith. "It's a chance to add some young players to our roster that will come in and compete to help us win a championship. There are a lot of good players out there that can help our team win and we'll look to add as many of them as possible."

    The NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN 2 will cover the draft in its entirety.

    The Chargers have one pick in each of the first five rounds, two picks in the sixth round and two picks in the seventh round. They acquired the extra sixth round pick from Miami in exchange for Cleo Lemon and the extra seventh round pick from Minnesota in exchange for Toniu Fonoti.

    This is the first-time ever that the Chargers will make the 19th selection of the first round.

    Smith will oversee his fourth draft as general manager of the Chargers. Last year, he used two first-round picks to land Merriman and Castillo. Merriman became the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year, he was selected to the Pro Bowl, and both he and Castillo earned all-rookie honors. Two years ago, Smith drafted Eli Manning with the first overall selection and then traded him to the New York Giants for Philip Rivers and three additional draft picks, including the first-rounder in 2005 that he used to secure Merriman. A total of 20 players from Smith's first three drafts are still on the Chargers' current roster.

    Following are the Chargers' nine picks in the 2006 draft:

    Round 1 (19th overall)
    Round 2 (50th overall)
    Round 3 (81st overall)
    Round 4 (113th overall)
    Round 5 (151st overall)
    Round 6 (187th overall)
    Round 6 (188th overall) – from Miami
    Round 7 (225th overall)
    Round 7 (227th overall) – from Minnesota

    KIOZ-FM (Rock 105.3) and KOGO AM 600 will offer live coverage throughout the draft. Hosts Mikey Esparza and Eddie Pappani of Rock 105.3's Mikey Morning Show will be broadcasting live from the site of the draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Saturday, and both KIOZ and KOGO will have live guests and updates throughout the draft from Chargers Park.

    Chargers fans interested in watching the 2006 NFL Draft can attend the third-annual NFL Draft Day Party from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. Parking and admission are free, however fans can buy reserved seats for $15 that come with a free beverage and a raffle ticket for a chance to win some great prizes. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. Several Chargers will appear at the NFL Draft Day Party, including 2004 second-round draft pick Igor Olshansky, and the Mighty XX will broadcast draft coverage live from the Hall of Champions throughout the day.
     

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