The ploy has worked in each of the last few drafts and this year is no different, despite picking 30th in round one.
The Chargers have spoken with two wide receivers.
After seeing physical specimen Sidney Rice at the weigh-ins, the 6-foot-3 South Carolina alumni, the Bolts met with him to discern his demeanor and get more in-depth information on his character and thought process.
Rice caught 72 passes for 1,090 yards last year without a stable quarterback situation. He also scored ten touchdowns and is a player that the Chargers believe can not only stretch the field but offer the height they crave in their receivers.
Robert Meachem is another target of affection. The Chargers love his hard work and dedication to the game.
Meachem, a Tennessee alumnus, measured in at 6-foot-2, 214-pounds at the NFL Combine. He caught 71 passes last year for 1,298 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 18.3 yards per reception.
Provided both receivers turn in good 40-yard dash times, the Chargers will look long and hard at Rice and Meachem when their selection hits – if they are even on the board.
The Bolts believe they need another option at receive with Keenan McCardell getting up there in age and the realization is that a receiver normally doesn't contribute until year two or three – in most cases. The selection of a receiver in round one would give them developmental talent to bring the receiving core to the next level.