A familiar face will make an appearance at the podium at this year’s National Football League Draft. Former Defensive Tackle Jamal Williams will be on hand to announce the San Diego Chargers 2nd round pick. This marks the fourth consecutive year the NFL has decided to have a retired player introduce one of the team’s newest members.
Williams was drafted in the second round of the 1998 Supplemental Draft. He played 12 of his 13 seasons in San Diego and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2005, '06, and '07. He was also selected as an All-Pro by the Associated Press after the 2004, '05 and '07 seasons.
Last year, former Defensive Back Jim Hill did the honors. He played for the Chargers during 1968-71. Hill had his best year as a Charger in 1969 when he had 7 interceptions. Last year, Hill announced that the Chargers selected Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te'o.
In 2012, Former offensive Lineman Courtney Hall announced the Chargers 2nd round pick of Defensive Lineman Kendall Reyes. Hall was a captain for the Chargers team that reached Super Bowl XXIX. Hall played in 118 games as a Charger, starting 86 of them.
2011 was the first year the NFL welcomed the announcement format. That year had Natrone Means as the San Diego representative. Means had an 8 year career that saw him play for the Chargers from 1993-95 and return to the team for the 1998-99 seasons. Means had his best season in 1994 when he rushed for 1,350 yards and 12 touchdowns. Means was a Pro-Bowler that year and was an integral part of the 1994 Super Bowl Team. In 2011, Means announced the drafting of Corner Back Marcus Gilchrist and Linebacker Jonas Mouton.
It should be noted, in the previous 3 years the Chargers have gone defense in the 2nd round. In 2010, the Chargers traded away their 2nd round pick in order to move up in the 1st round to select Ryan Matthews.