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Coach's Corner: McCarthy on Demetrius Byrd

WR Demetrius Byrd (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

One of the most surprising and emotional picks of the draft was San Diego's selection of Demetrius Byrd. No one knows that better than LSU receivers coach D.J. McCarthy, who was in a hotel room with Byrd when the Chargers called his name. McCarthy talks about that experience and about Byrd's ever-evolving game in this exclusive interview.

Demetrius Byrd was a projected middle-round pick before his accident left him in the intensive care unit. He has an elite combination of speed and athleticism, which gives him a shot to be even better in the NFL than he was in college. Between 2007 and 2008, Byrd compiled 72 catches, 1,134 yards and 11 TDs. However, productivity at LSU does not guarantee NFL success, as evidenced by the...

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