Mike Lombardo's Projected Picks for the Bolts

It is finally here. After months of evaluating team needs, scouting players and tracking private visits, the draft has arrived at long last. While it is difficult to project any pick late in a round, or any late-round pick for that matter, SDBoltReport.com will never back down from a challenge. Here is one man's late April forecast.

1. Brandon Meriweather, S, Miami - There are only a handful of impact safeties in the draft, so if a difference-maker like Meriweather falls to the end of round one, the Chargers will jump on him. Meriweather has great speed and excels when playing in space, making him the perfect complement to Marlon McCree.

If Meriweather is gone by this point, fellow safeties Michael Griffin and Eric Weddle with garner heavy consideration.

2. Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Ohio State - This would be a classic A.J. Smith selection. Gonzalez' work ethic and leadership abilities would make him a great addition to the locker room, and his quickness and hands would have a likewise impact on the field.

Other options at this point could include receivers Steve Smith and Aundrae Allison.

3a. Manuel Ramirez, OG, Texas Tech - Although linebacker may seem like the greater need, depth is just as suspect at guard. Ramirez has quick feet in pass protection and mauler-like tendencies when run blocking. He could be the eventual replacement for Mike Goff at right guard.

The team could also look at linebacker Stewart Bradey or offensive tackle Ryan Harris.

3b. Kareem Brown, DE, Miami

Unlike so many of players from The U, Brown is a classy and levelheaded individual. He has ideal size for the position, as well as the strength to anchor at the point of attack and the quickness to dominate as a pass-rusher.

Defensive ends Ryan McBean and Quinn Pitcock will also given ample consideration.

4. C.J. Wilson, CB, Baylor - The Chargers love corners with size, and Wilson (6-foot-1, 196 lbs.) fits the bill. He also has the impressive athleticism and the short memory necessary to thrive on an island.

Cornerback Michael Coe and offensive lineman Mansfield Wrotto are other possibilities.

5a. Justin Hickman, OLB, UCLA - The Chargers need a third pass-rushing linebacker, something that was missing last season after Steve Foley was shot. Hickman can provide plenty of heat off the edge and can help on special teams, too.

Other options could include defensive end David Patterson and cornerback Travarous Bain.

5b. Justin Warren, ILB, Texas A&M - Given the defection of Donnie Edwards and the indecision of Randall Godfrey, the Chargers must restore depth at inside linebacker. An incredible physical specimen, Warren is a strong run defender who is plenty capable in coverage.

The team could also look at wide receive Jacoby Jones or cornerback Corey Graham.

7. Jerard Rabb, WR, Boise State - Depth at wide receiver is so bad, at least two picks should be spent on that position. Rabb has good quickness, better hands and will fight for the ball. He was highly productive at Boise State, leading the team in receptions in 2005 and 2006.

Fullback LeRon McClain and guard Corey Davis could also get looks here.

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