Top Ten Chargers of 2004
This is his make or break year. With opposing teams focused on (1) Tomlinson then (2) Dyson, Caldwell will have plenty of opportunities. He must step up early this year, or he will lose his job.
#9 Dave Ball
This guy had 16.5 sacks in the Pac-10 last year, which is the same number of sacks Keneche Udeze had in the same conference. He could be a great 2nd day pick-up.
#8 Igor Olshansky
The defense will be looking to him to make an immediate impact. He's still raw, but has the size and strength to cause problems.
#7 Philip Rivers
Everyone says a rookie QB will struggle to adjust, and Rivers probably won't be an exception. But he doesn't need to get 300 yards per game to win games. Let's get him some experience now, so he can lead this team for the next 10 years.
#6 Toniu Fonoti
We all know how the line played last year, and we all know what a difference this guy makes when healthy and in-shape.
#5 Kevin Dyson
He isn't the physical specimen like David Boston, but has speed and, despite injuries, still can be a deep threat. I think he's got something to prove, and the Bolts need a legit #1 receiver.
#4 Courtney Van Buren
Can he step up and play Left Tackle? It's a huge question, and the answer may dictate how the team approaches the 2005 Draft.
#3 Nate Kaeding
He simply puts points on the board. Especially in Martyball, one field goal can often be the difference between a win and a loss. Throw in the potential for better field position on a consistent basis, and Kaeding may be the most influential rookie we see this year.
#2 Quentin Jammer
If the Chargers are going to win, the defense must step it up. Jammer made good progress towards the end of the year, and now with a better pass rush, he could be the Pro-Bowl CB that we all see in him.
#1 LaDainian Tomlinson
Everyone knows he will put up huge numbers once again. He is our offense. So losing him to injury would be unbearable. Picking up Turner in the draft should enable the team to give the best running back in the NFL some much deserved rest.
Antonio Gates: He will put up good numbers again. The WR's just need to do their job.
Drew Brees: Hell, he could very well be our starter this year. With his dedication, he could surprise a lot of people if he gets one more opportunity.
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