Depth Chart Projection: Expect Big Turnover

In his first press conference of the offseason, GM A.J. Smith promised his roster would undergo major turnover. Boy, has he delivered. With the draft now in the rearview mirror, we reveal a revised depth-chart projection that shows more than 33 percent of the final 53-man roster could consist of new faces.

The depth chart below is by no means settled. For one thing, the Chargers are not done adding players. The team is still searching for veteran depth at running back, cornerback, nose tackle and offensive tackle.

Secondly, there are many heated positional battles that will not be settled until training camp. Kory Sperry could beat out Dante Rosario for the last tight end spot. Richard Goodman could hold off Michael Spurlock in the quest to be the primary kickoff returner. Colin Baxter could claim the backup center job ahead of David Molk. Any of these outcomes would reduce the number of new faces on the final roster.

However, should the final roster look like the one below, San Diego will enter the 2012 season with over one-third of its roster turned over. That would include a dozen new players on offense and a half-dozen on defense.


QB: Philip Rivers, Charlie Whitehurst (FA/SEA)
RB: Ryan Mathews, Curtis Brinkley, Edwin Baker (D/7)
FB: Le'Ron McClain (FA/KC), Jacob Hester
LT: Jared Gaither, Mario Henderson (FA/OAK)
LG: Tyronne Green, Brandyn Dombrowski
C: Nick Hardwick, David Molk (D/7)
RG: Louis Vasquez, Rex Hadnot (FA/ARI)
RT: Jeromey Clary
TE: Antonio Gates, Randy McMichael, Ladarius Green (D/4), D. Rosario (FA/DEN)
WR: Robert Meachem (FA/NO), Eddie Royal (FA/DEN), Roscoe Parrish (FA/BUF)
WR: Malcom Floyd, Vincent Brown, Michael Spurlock (FA/TB)


DE: Corey Liuget, Kendall Reyes (D/2)
NT: Antonio Garay, Cam Thomas
DE: Vaughn Martin, Luis Castillo, Jacques Cesaire
OLB: Jarret Johnson (FA/BAL), Antwan Barnes
ILB: Donald Butler, Jonas Mouton
ILB: Takeo Spikes, Demorrio Williams (FA/KC)
OLB: Shaun Phillips, Melvin Ingram (D/1), Larry English
CB: Antoine Cason, Marcus Gilchrist
CB: Quentin Jammer, Shareece Wright
SS: Atari Bigby (FA/SEA), Brandon Taylor (D/3)
FS: Eric Weddle, Darrell Stuckey


K: Nate Kaeding
P: Mike Scifres
LS: Mike Windt

Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the 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.

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