Chargers Draft Prospectus XXII

Inside the war room

What constitutes a reach pick in the Draft? A pick that deserves to be 5 picks later than it actually happens? 10 picks? Could the San Diego Chargers reach and choose a player many have a little lower than the 15th pick? The alternatives may bring this to fruition.

With priorities at the cornerback position, defensive tackle and safety spots, it is not hard to imagine a bit of a reach being taken in the first round. When you look at who may be available at the defensive tackle spot, take a peek at latter round options and William Joseph and his wonderlic score of 7 does not wet your appetite, look no further than Ty Warren out of Texas A&M.

"But the way I look at it is, it could be a situation where defensive linemen aren't really a commodity and (NFL teams) could be looking for linebackers or something instead," Warren said. "I'm kind of grateful that we're kind of hot on the market right now."

Warren was a mainstay on the defensive line since his freshman year, the versatile athlete performed at defensive end, tackle and nose guard during his career. In 36 games for the Aggies, he totaled 144 tackles (78 solos) with 13.5 sacks for minus 72 yards, 40 stops for losses of 124 yards, 20 quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and 2 blocked kicks while starting 25 contests.

Ty Warren
Defensive Tackle
Texas A&M
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 307
Body Fat: 21.9%
Arm: 32 5/8"
Hands: 10"
40 Times: 5.03/5.08
Bench Press: 27 reps
Bench Press (High): 420
Vertical Jump: 30.5"

"Can be a dominant force when focused and displayed that skill during Senior Bowl practice as well as throughout his college career. Big and athletic enough to be either a two-gap player in a 34 defense or a ferocious tackle in a 4-3 alignment. Inconsistent performances will push him deeper into the draft than his talents would warrant but if he gets it together and makes football a priority, a productive player at the next level right out of the gate." Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview


Warren is a big-framed athlete who possesses above average quickness, agility and balance for a player of his size. He gets off the ball with power, has good leg drive and strength at the point of attack and quickly reacts to the pass, showing quick feet in his drops.

Warren has surprising lateral agility to move down the line and the strong initial burst to gain penetration. He displays proper tackling technique, staying low in his pads with a wide leg base while extending his arms to wrap and secure. He shows good knee bend in his change of direction agility, has a sharp closing burst and the long speed to give pursuit.

Warren keeps his feet moving as he fights through traffic to flush out the quarterback, loves to compete, with power being his best asset and is able to shed blocks and get up field to make plays.

The biggest concern facing Warren is consistency and injuries which tie into each other.

"I've had injuries that have nagged me throughout my career that have kept me from being as good as I wanted to be," Warren said. "It really held me back last year."

Warren lists his injuries matter of factly, pointing to each affected area like a teacher giving an anatomy lecture. Broken thumb as a freshman. Ankle injury sophomore season. Shoulder, groin and heel ailments last year.

The groin pain, which led to hernia surgery in January 2001, bothered Warren throughout the season. He didn't tell coaches or trainers about the injury, and managed to start 10 games.

"I couldn't run as fast as I wanted to, but it wasn't going to stop me from playing," Warren said. "It wasn't major enough for me to sit out, so I kept playing and got it fixed at the end of the season.

"It was a nagging thing, but sometimes you can't hardly pick your leg up. I didn't bring it up with the staff or anybody until the end of the season, because I didn't want to miss my junior year."

The Chargers do like Warren, perhaps even more than Joseph. Chargers brass first confronted Warren at the Senior Bowl after he destroyed double teams and played the part of a monster on the field. They also sent more scouts to see him at his Pro Day in March.

The pick may be a stretch, but when your defense is the brunt of many jokes, sometimes you must take the player who will most help you, even if he is not the highest rated player left.

Special thanks to Tony Pauline who contributed to this report.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net or via the following link: Denis Savage

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