The San Diego Chargers selected USC center Max Tuerk in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft with the 66th pick overall.
Max Tuerk is a Charger.
The USC center was selected in the third with the 66th pick overall, becoming the second Trojan to hear his name called in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Versatility is the first word that comes to mind when describing Tuerk. Next is athleticism.
The offensive lineman was capable of serving at every position across the line in college, and started at four of the five at one point or another during his career.
In the NFL, Tuerk is projected as a center, though he could be deployed as a guard.
The Chargers indicated Friday that he will be in the mix to start at center right away.
In 2012, Tuerk inserted himself into the rotation on the line from the first game of the season. When he finally got a start against Arizona he became the first USC true freshman to start at left tackle ever. He held that starting place for the final five games of the season and earned recognition as a freshman All-American.
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Tuerk slid over to left guard as a sophomore and filled in as right tackle for one game. His steady play earned him an All-Pac-12 honorable mention.
Thanks to his versatility, Tuerk became USC’s starting center in 2014, where he was named to the All-Pac-12 first team and claimed USC’s Offensive Lineman of the Year Award.
As a senior, Tuerk was expected to challenge for All-American honors. Unfortunately, the center went down injured during USC’s loss to Washington at the Coliseum. The torn ACL kept him out for the remainder of the season and ended his Trojan career.
Still, Tuerk was honored as USC’s Most Inspirational Player.
Tuerk joins Su’a Cravens as the second Trojan draft pick after the linebacker was taken by the Washington Redskins earlier in the round.