This year's draft class has a chance to be truly special. We'd break down the many reasons for that assessment here, but no one can explain it better than one of our message board users did in this insightful post.
So rather than restate the many reasons to be optimistic about this year's selections, we decided to cut to the chase and show you the rookies in action.
These pictures were taken by SDBoltReport.com photographer Shana Siler.
Rookie RB Gartrell Johnson shows off his powerful, low body lean as he looks to make a strong first impression during training camp.
Third-round pick Louis Vasquez gets ready to fire out of his stance during practice.
Fourth-round pick Gartrell Johnson gives it his all during training camp.
Rookies Vaughn Martin (blue), Gartrell Johnson (second from right) and Tyronne Green (right) relocate between drills during training camp. WR Greg Carr is on the left.
Vaughn Martin, who lost 17 pounds between mini camp and training camp, shows off his newfound quickness.
Fourth-round pick Gartrell Johnson makes a cut during a training camp practice.
Brandon Hughes, who is set to challenge Cletis Gordon for the No. 4 cornerback spot, takes in the action during a training camp practice.
Tyronne Green partakes in a training camp practice, where he looks to carve out a place in a crowded rotation on the interior offensive line.
CB Brandon Hughes (R) drives towards the ball during a training camp practice.
Third-round pick Louis Vasquez lays it all on the line during training camp as he looks to win the starting job at right guard.
Fourth-round pick Tyronne Green takes a quick breather between drills during a training camp practice at Chargers Park.
Fifth-round pick Brandon Hughes gets into the swing of things during his first training camp.
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This year's draft class is expected to yield some immediate contributions. OG Louis Vasquez is challenging for a starting job; RB Gartrell Johnson is looking to restore some punch to the running game; and DE Vaughn Martin is working to become a two-way force. See these draft picks and others in action in our first training camp photo gallery.
Training Camp Gallery: Draft Picks Go to Work
SDBoltReport.com has an up-close look at San Diego's picks