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Round 2 (35): SS Jeremy Cash, Duke

Call it the curse of the Hitman … the Chargers have failed to find a top-end strong safety since releasing Rodney Harrison after the 2002 season. By selecting Cash, that streak will finally come to an end.

In many ways, Cash is similar to Harrison. The Duke product is a dominant in-the-box player, racking up 98 tackles last season, with 33 of those resulting in gains of two yards or less. He averaged 109 tackles over the last three seasons and forced seven fumbles.

Cash is a dominant run defender who sifts through the trash and runs through his targets. He has limitations in coverage — he struggles in man coverage and will need to be protected in obvious passing situations — but the thought of Cash and Denzel Perryman chasing down running backs is too tempting to pass up, especially for a team that allowed 4.8 yards per carry last season.

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Michael Lombardo has covered the San Diego Chargers since 2003. He spent 12 years covering the team for and has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports, Football Insiders and MySpace Sports.

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