Chargers Power Rankings: Nos. 43-49
48.) Marcus Thomas (6'2", 215 pounds) attended UTEP and was one of the few big running backs in the 2007 draft. During his breakout senior year, he tallied 227 attempts for 1,166 yards and 16 touchdowns. He is a power runner with deceptive speed and will jockey with fellow rookie Jacob Hester for playing time.
Click here for an exclusive interview with Thomas, or click here for a Q&A with UTEP running backs coach Jeff Banks.
47.) Brandon McKinney (6'2", 324 pounds) enters his third season out of Michigan State. He is a stout run-stuffer with the quickness to chase plays down from the backside. In 2007, he had 16 solo tackles and a pass breakup. He typically plays nose tackle but even saw some time at defensive end last season.
Click here for more on McKinney's long-term future with the Chargers.
46.) Cletis Gordon (6'1", 197 pounds) played for Jackson State and begins his third season after being signed as an undrafted free agent. He played in every game as the dime back last season and recorded 12 solo tackles and two pass breakups. He has great speed and athleticism and has become one of the team's top special-teams performers. Gordon is the third member of his family to play in the NFL and is a local spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
45.) Steve Gregory (5'11", 185 pounds) was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and begins his second season at safety after playing cornerback for Syracuse. Like Gordon, Gregory is a core member of the kick-coverage teams. In 30 career games, he has 18 solo tackles and two passes deflected. He is the son of two retired police officers from the NYPD.
Click here for more on the strong play of Gordon and Gregory at a recent Mini Camp.
44.) Marques Harris (6'1", 231 pounds) begins his fourth season after he signed with the Chargers in 2005 as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Utah University. In 41 games, he's tallied 37 tackles, 5.5 sacks and four passes deflected. He will battle with Jyles Tucker this season to be the top backup at outside linebacker. Harris is known to celebrate big defensive plays with a back-handspring.
43.) Anthony Waters (6'3", 238 pounds) enters his second season in the NFL, although last year amounted to a red-shirt season. He sat for the majority of his senior year at Clemson after suffering a potentially career-ending knee injury. He was part-way through his rehabilitation when the Chargers decided to take a chance on him in the third round. The move could pay immediate dividends, as Waters has a chance to start at the beginning of the season while Stephen Cooper serves a four-game suspension.
Click here for more on Waters' quest to replace Cooper in the opening-day lineup.
Click here to read Part I of the Chargers Power Rankings.
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