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Chargers team needs

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. robdog

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    By John Murphy

    <strong><img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8b/San_Diego_Chargers_helmet_rightface.png" title="Chargers Helmet" alt="Chargers Helmet" align="right" height="159" width="204" />Team needs:</strong> DB, WR, OL, LB, RB
    <strong>Overall pick/round:</strong> 30 (1), 62 (2), 93 (3), 96 (3), 129 (4), 167 (5), 172 (5), 240 (7)

    <strong>DB:</strong> The Chargers have several needs at this position, starting with a strong safety capable of playing both the run and pass opposed to just an in-the-box type guy like they have had in past years. If the Chargers stay at No. 30, they may have a shot at Brandon Meriweather. More than likely, they would be left to choose someone like Michael Griffin at which point they could wait until the second or third round. They could also come back with a second safety or corner later in the draft since Drayton Florence hits the open market in 2008.

    <strong>WR:</strong> They opted to cut ties with Keenan McCardell, so one of their early choices will likely be spent on a receiver opposite of Vincent Jackson that possesses more vertical speed and better hands than the ones on their current roster. If a receiver were to slip in the first round, they could make a move on the position earlier than expected.

    <strong>OL:</strong> They would be drafting for depth and future years at this position as Mike Goff is expected to depart via free agency when his contract is up. No matter what else they do on the draft's first day, expect them to take a lineman before the third round is up. Potential targets are Julius Wilson or Brandon Frye. If they look for a guard in rounds 3-4, Mike Jones could be a target, while Nicholls State tackle Jacob Bender is a solid mid-to-late round option.

    <strong>LB:</strong> They released productive Donnie Edwards, so the time for youngsters like Tim Dobbins and Stephen Cooper has come. That has created a void in terms of depth and solid role players for their special teams units. On the outside, they also lack quality depth, so finding a young edge rusher that can come along slowly and see just limited action over the next few years would be fine as Carlos Polk is an average backup at best.

    <strong>RB:</strong> As odd as it may sound with LaDainian Tomlinson and Michael Turner possibly in the fold for next season, the Chargers should look to add a running back on the second day. Turner, a restricted free agent who has piqued some interest this offseason, could soon be dealt. If not, he will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2007 campaign. They found a gem in the fifth round with the tough and speedy Turner, so going back to that philosophy in this year's draft could supply them with a guy like Tyrone Moss, Justin Vincent, D.D. Terry or Thomas Clayton.
     

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