With the Chargers 3rd round pick of the 2009 NFL draft, they filled another need, with an Offensive Guard. Louis Vasquez is a 6'5", 333 pound guard, so he is a beast, and hopefully will fill the hole in their line.

Overall Football Traits
Production2Vasquez appears in five games as a true freshman during the 2005 season. He makes 23 consecutive starts during the 2006 and 2007 season. Vasquez appears and starts in 10 out 12 games during his senior campaign in 2008. Earns All-Big 12 honorable mention during the 2006 season. Vasquez earns a first team All-Big 12 selection during his junior season and second team All-Big 12 honors this past fall.
Height-Weight-Speed3Possesses good height and excellent bulk for the position but marginal top-end speed.
Durability3Slight durability concern after missing the Nevada and UMass contests this past fall due to a sprained left ankle.
Character2Majoring in general studies. Also no off-the-field issues we are currently aware of.
Offensive Guard specific Traits
Strength/Toughness1Mean and relentless. Outstanding upper body strength and flashes the ability to knock defenders off balance with punch.
Agility3Doesn't show great body control, appears stiff and takes too long to change directions when gets into space. Adequate lateral mobility.
Awareness2Keeps head up and does a good job of recognizing blitzes. Flashes good patience when no one comes to him and difficult to beat when doesn't over commit with first step. Vocal at the line and appears to communicate with tackle and center well.
Pass Protection2Gets excellent hand placement and rarely loses a battle once locked on. Plays with a wide base and though could sink hips a little more rarely gives ground to bull rushers. Makes up for lack of ideal foot speed with balance and sound footwork. Ducks head on occasion (see first quarter of the 208 Oklahoma State game) and vulnerable to push/pull moves when does.
Run Blocking3Gets into sound position and flashes the ability to drive defenders but primarily lined up in two-point stance at Texas Tech and tends to stand up coming out of stance when puts hand on the ground. (see first quarter of 2008 Oklahoma State game) Though lacks elite range and going to have problems getting around the corner if asked to pull does a good job of opening hips and quick enough to get around center when asked to trap. Takes adequate angles to downfield blocks and can cut off linebackers but has problems adjusting to moving targets in space.

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