Bolts set to pick 16th in NFL Draft

The San Diego Chargers currently have eight selections in the 2009 NFL Draft, highlighted by the 16th choice in the first round.

The NFL’s annual draft of college players takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. It begins on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Rounds 1-2, and concludes on Sunday, April 26 starting at 7 a.m. with Rounds 3-7.

Each team will have 10 minutes to make their picks in the first round, seven minutes in the second round and five minutes to make their choices in Rounds 3-7.

The Chargers have one pick each in Rounds One (16), Three (78), Five (148), Six (189) and Seven (224) and a total of three picks in Round Four (113, 133 & 134) after receiving two compensatory selections from the NFL.

The team currently does not have a pick in the second round, having packaged it in a trade with New England in 2008 for the right to draft running back/fullback Jacob Hester.

The the team’s official Web site will offer more detailed draft coverage than ever before and will announce the team’s choices before any other news outlet, including the NFL Network and ESPN.

will also be the first place to hear from the newest players drafted by the San Diego Chargers. will provide draft news, updates and video highlights.

In addition, Chargers fans and NFL draftniks can sign up to receive the Chargers’ 2009 draft selections sent directly to their phones simply by texting CHARGE to 41513 or by registering online at

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XTRA Sports 1360 will anchor the Chargers’ radio coverage of the draft. They’ll be live on the air from 1-5 p.m. The NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN 2 will cover the draft in its entirety.
This year will mark the seventh draft that A.J. Smith will oversee as general manager of the Chargers. Last year, Smith led off the Chargers’ draft with the selection of Antoine Cason, a Jim Thorpe Award winning cornerback from the University of Arizona, in the first round.

Cason made an immediate impact as a rookie. He played in all 16 games with three starts and was the team’s third-leading tackler on special teams and its nickel-back on defense. Cason intercepted two passes as a rookie, including one that he returned 59 yards for a touchdown to close out a late-season win at Tampa Bay.

Without a choice in the second, third or fourth rounds, Smith traded up to the early third round and selected Hester. He too played in all 16 games, starting three, while ranking fourth on the team in special teams tackles and contributing as both a running back and fullback late in the season and into the playoffs.

Fans interested in watching the 2009 selection proceedings can attend the sixth-annual NFL Draft Party on Saturday, April 25 at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park.

Doors will open at 9 a.m. Individual tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Fans can also purchase a table of 10 for $100 in advance or $125 at the door. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and there will be an opportunity drawing for fans to win some great prizes.

For more information or to reserve a seat, fans can call the Hall of Champions at (619) 699-2313.