Chargers cross the border, draft Canadian lineman

Spanning the globe, the Chargers drafted DT Vaughn Martin from Western University in Ontario, Canada, in the fourth round (113th overall).

Martin was a guy the team had targeting all along, Chargers director of college scouting John Spanos told the team’s official Web site:

    “Our northeastern scout (Tom Gibbons) went up to Canada for a workout that was attended by multiple teams,” Spanos said. “We looked into everything about his background and ability on the field. We felt lucky he was still there when we picked because we liked him all along.”
    “They said they would start me out at right defensive end and then work my way to nose. I’m excited to play both positions and to play with the personnel they have.”

College teams in Canada play under Canadian football rules, which means Martin will have to adjust to NFL-style football. Canadian players line up one yard off the line of scrimmage, and Martin told the Chargers’ Web site that he has lot to learn:

    “I have a lot to learn as far as technique,” Martin said. “My quickness helped me with having to play a yard off, so playing a yard closer will be nice.”
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