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By PFW staff

The Chargers announced Friday that they have agreed to four-year contracts with two 2010 draft picks, ILB Donald Butler and DT Cam Thomas.

Butler, the team's third-round selection (79th overall), earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors as a senior at Washington. He made 91 tackles, one sack, forced three fumbles and intercepted two passes. Butler led all linebackers at the NFL Combine by bench-pressing 225 pounds 35 times. He's expected to be part of the Chargers' rotation at inside linebacker.

In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote that the 6-1, 248-pound Butler "reacts quickly to what he sees and beats blockers to the point" but is "not strong at the point of attack and can be eliminated by the lead blocker."
Thomas, one of the Bolts' two fifth-rounders (146th overall), made 23 tackles last season at North Carolina. He also blocked a kick and was credited with three quarterback pressures. He will compete for the starting nose tackle job during training camp and looks to be the team's future at the position.

In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote that the 6-4, 335-pound Thomas is "an immovable object inside and has a strong bull rush" but "does not consistently play hard."

The Chargers now have agreed to deals with five of their six draft picks, with only first-round RB Ryan Mathews remaining unsigned.


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