From the Plains to the pros: King Dunlap

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comJune 25, 2014 

San Diego Chargers tackle King Dunlap (77) celebrates after an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Cincinnati.

TOM UHLMAN — Associated Press

Editor's note: Auburn has a rich history of sending players to the NFL. With that in mind, beat writer Ryan Black takes a look at each former Tiger that finds himself on an NFL roster (or should be once free agency and training camps shake out). The series will begin with those who have already been in the league for more than one season and conclude with the latest crop of players to land in the NFL, either through the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

King Dunlap, San Diego Chargers

Position: Offensive tackle

Drafted: Taken in the seventh round (No. 230 overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008

Career stats: N/A

2014 outlook: All in all, 2013 was a fantastic season for Dunlap. Signing with San Diego after spending the first five years of his career in Philadelphia, he secured the starting job at left tackle and was in the lineup for 11 games. The five he missed were due to a combination of injuries, including two concussions and a neck strain. Perhaps the greatest measure of his play last year? The Chargers were 7-4 with him in the lineup and 2-3 in games he sat out. As long as he's healthy this year, it's a safe bet he'll once again start at left tackle.

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