C Cory Withrow (Otto Greule Jr./Getty)
The Chargers boast one of the NFL's most gifted rosters with more than a dozen players with Pro Bowl experience. But how do these players stack up? SDBoltReport.com's Samantha Fillerup analyzed all 56 players who have a shot at making the active roster and ranked them all. Discover spots 50-56 in the first installment of this series.
56.) SS Tra Battle (5'11", 173 pounds) enters his second season after spending last year on the practice squad. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007 after earning All-American honors at Georgia. His numbers from his senior year include 35 solo tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, six interceptions and a forced fumble.
55.) DE Andre Coleman (6'3", 287 pounds) also begins his second season after being signed in 2007 as an undrafted free agent. Coleman played his college ball at Div. II Albany and still refining his technique to NFL standards. His quickness and pass-rushing skills have drawn comparisons to ex-Charger DeQuincy Scott.
Click here for more on Coleman's fight for a roster spot.
54.) WR Malcom Floyd (6'5", 225 pounds) enters his fifth season the Chargers but has yet to carve out a steady spot in the rotation. In 22 games played, he has 25 receptions for 356 yards and four touchdowns. He is a legitimate threat on deep throws and in the red zone, but he could be bumped off the roster by Eric Parker.
53.) CB DeJuan Tribble (5'9", 190 pounds) was drafted in the sixth round after a standout career at Boston College. He intercepted four passes last season, bringing his college total to 15. He has good ball skills and is physical in jamming receivers and coming up against the run.
Click here for an exclusive interview with Tribble, or click here for a Q&A with Boston College secondary coach Mike Siravo.
52.) C Cory Withrow (6'2", 287 pounds) enters his third season with the Chargers and his 10th in the NFL. He's started 17 games in his career, including four last season when he stepped up to fill in for Nick Hardwick. Withrow re-signed a three year contract in 2007 and would be higher on this list if not for the recent signing of Jeremy Newberry.
51.) QB Charlie Whitehurst (6'4", 227 pounds) enters his third season with the Chargers. He has only seen the field during garbage time, with his highlight being a 14-yard touchdown run against the Tennessee Titans in 2006. His role is important as he communicates the plays to starting QB Philip Rivers. He was a third-round pick out of Clemson but saw his chances for ascension shot when Billy Volek signed a new three-year contract this off-season.
50.) LB Tim Dobbins (6'1", 246 pounds) also begins his third season, as he joined the Bolts in the same draft class as Whitehurst. In 32 games, he's tallied 34 solo tackles and one pass deflected. He has become an integral member of the special teams unit but has struggled to earn time on defense.
Click here to read more about Dobbins' play on special teams last season.