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Smith's first draft no pretty picture

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/04/28/sports/professional/chargers/23_55_524_27_06.txt">North County Times</a>
    <blockquote><img width="275" height="139" alt="AJ Smith" id="image2079" src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/03/343_ajpoint.jpg" />

    By Jay Paris

    SAN DIEGO ---- The Chargers climbed up from NFL doormat status using the drafting practices of general manager A.J. Smith. While some key free agents were added on his watch, which started in 2003, the draft is where Smith has had his biggest impact.

    Consider those correctly scouted and eventually drafted by the Chargers include linebacker Shawne Merriman, defensive ends Luis Castillo and Igor Olshansky, kicker Nate Kaeding, punter Mike Scifres and offensive linemen Nick Hardwick and Shane Olivea.

    Smith also drafted Eli Manning, then orchestrated a draft-day trade that netted quarterback Philip Rivers, left tackle Roman Oben, Merriman and Kaeding.</blockquote>
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