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QB Russell Wilson
The team spoke with QBs Russell Wilson (Wisconsin) and Brandon Weeden (OSU). We confirmed on Monday the team had met with Arizona's Nick Foles, so the team may be in the market for a developmental quarterback to groom behind Philip Rivers and Billy Volek.
We also confirmed the team met with three O-linemen. UAB OT Matt McCants chatted with San Diego national scout Tom McConnaughey. Additionally, OTs Johnnie Troutman (Penn State) and Mitchell Schwartz (Cal) spoke with Chargers representatives.
San Diego also interviewed a pair of receivers, readying for the expected loss of Patrick Crayton and the possible loss of Vincent Jackson. Brian Quick, the raw but immensely talented pass catcher from Appalachian State, and T.J. Graham, who hails from Rivers' alma mater, both met with the Chargers.
The Chargers also chatted up three defenders who could help shore up their defensive front seven. Assistant director of college scouting Mike Biehl talked with Florida State LB Nigel Bradham. Fellow LB Cam Johnson (Virginia) and nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu (Washington) also conversed with San Diego representatives.
Ta'amu was among Tuesday's defensive standouts and could be an enticing target, especially if the Chargers lose Antonio Garay as a free agent.
As we reported yesterday, the Chargers have also met with C Philip Blake (Baylor), LB Lavonte David (Nebraska) and KR Marquis Maze (Alabama).
Acee of Base
I had a chance to catch up with Kevin Acee of the Union Tribune, who is in Mobile to chat with A.J. Smith and Norv Turner as much as anything else. I congratulated him on how well he handled the whole Turner situation -- it's hard to be fair and balanced when fans are rioting with pitchforks in hand.
We also had a chance to talk about the Chargers and the AFC West as a whole. Among his more interesting opinions:
--The Chargers are one Shawne Merriman-type player away from being an elite defense again. While that player will not be Larry English, if English can just play up to his potential, San Diego will be much better off.
--The Chiefs are the favorites in the AFC West in '12. The division is wide open and the Chargers still have a great chance because they have an elite quarterback, but Kansas City has a handful of outstanding players coming back from injured-reserve.
Our conversation was then cut short as Acee was pulled aside by a member of the Washington Redskins scouting department. That person was Kyle Smith, son of Chargers GM A.J. Smith. Kyle, needless to say, is not pleased with how his father was treated in the media during San Diego's 8-8 season.
Polk Thrives in Coaching Role
We spoke about San Diego's linebacker corps, which is short on experience. Rookies Darryl Gamble and Bront Bird played big roles last season, while starting inside linebacker Donald Butler was seeing his first playing time after missing his rookie year with an injury.
"They're young but they're getting better," Polk said. "We still have some improving to do."
We also discussed Senior Bowler Lavonte David. Like Polk, David is a LB from Nebraska known for delivering big hits and disrupting opposing offenses.
"He's a good player," said Polk of David. "He can move around really well."
Like David, Polk is earning strong reviews. Special teams coach Rich Bisaccia says Polk is doing "a really good job" as a young coach and is pleased Polk has maintained his energetic, vocal approach to the game.
"I love the game of football," Polk said.
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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 16 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.