Chargers general manager A. J. Smith has nothing to show for his first draft pick, spent back in 2003.
Wide receiver Rashaun Woods, who came over from San Francisco for CB Sammy Davis
, didn't last the first week of camp for the Chargers.
Davis was Smith's first pick and was dreadful. Instead of possibly snagging Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu in that first round, Smith traded down with the Eagles. His reward was Davis and safety Terrence Kiel in the second round.
Kiel is still around; Davis is gone and now so is Woods, another first-round bust.
Malcom Floyd continues to light up the camp with his acrobatic catches which are making him the odds on choice to become the fourth receiver behind Keenan McCardell, Eric Parker and Vincent Jackson. At least once a day it seems Floyd uses his 6-5, 225-pound frame to haul in a scoring catch.
"Not many people know about Malcom," Rivers said. "But we do."
Floyd has shown flashes before, but has always been derailed by injuries. He's spent most of the past two years on the practice squad, although he was active long enough last season to haul in Rivers' one and only NFL touchdown pass.
Free safety vs. strong safety for Marlon McCree. The safety positions become more muddled as the team decides where to play the versatile McCree. For the first week, McCree was the No. 1 free safety. Now with Bhawoh Jue returning from a knee injury, he has been running with the first team and McCree has been running with the second team behind Terrence Kiel at strong safety. The Chargers are believed to be leaning toward getting McCree settled at free safety, so he can produce more turnovers for a secondary which had but seven interceptions last year. Another player in the mix at strong safety is Clinton Hart.
Darren Sproles vs. Eric Parker at punt returner: Sproles seems more sure-handed, so far, fielding punts. There's little question about Sproles, as he's faster than a Mel Gibson apology. But he was shaky on punts last year, which forced the team to use Parker and McCardell. The team would prefer Parker and McCardell concentrate on receiving passes and is encouraged by Sproles' progress.
Drayton Florence vs. Antonio Cromartie at cornerback: Being pushed by Cromartie has turned into a plus for Florence. He has having a sensational camp while Cromartie is showing the rust of not playing last year and having but one start at Florida State before coming to San Diego. Florence is well ahead of Cromartie.
Cromartie continues to show his skills and just how raw he is. He needs some more work.
Marcus McNeill has been getting some valuable time with the first string with Roman Oben and Leander Jordan ailing. McNeill has drawn praise from Schottenheimer.
Charlie Whitehurst continues to push A.J. Feeley for the backup job.
Tim Dobbins has displayed his nasty streak and is being groomed to become a possible starter next year.