Insiders: Draft Projections gives its Insiders a chance to show what they've learned and roll out some Chargers draft projections of their own. Frank Sallie believes A.J. Smith will trade out of the first round to gain an extra pick for his depleted inventory. What will the Bolts do with the extra selection?

2. DE Trevor Laws, Notre Dame: Laws looks like a guy who can play nose tackle to rest Jamal Williams, and can play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. He looked very good in the one-on-one drills at the Senior Bowl practices. A former wrestler, he knows how to break the holds of offensive linemen across from him. I believe he can play in a rotation quickly.

3a. RB Matt Forte, Tulane: Forte would be a solid backup for LaDainian Tomlinson. He is a very productive runner from a smaller conference, much like Michael Turner. A bigger back at 221 pounds, he ran well at the Combines, posting a 4.46 time. It looks like he is fully recovered from a knee injury in his junior year. When you rush for over 2,000 yards with 5.9 ypc, those numbers serve notice, no matter what conference you are in.

3b. OL Mike McGlynn, Pittsburgh: McGlynn is a mature prospect who played right tackle and guard for Pittsburgh. He is a blue-collar guy who gets the job done, similar to Jeromey Clary. He's aggressive with a solid hand punch that jolts defenders off the ball. He works at finishing his blocks.

SS Wesley Woodyard
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5. SS Wesley Woodyard, Kentucky: Woodyard is a small but quick linebacker. He has 4.51 speed and I have seen him make plays all over the field. With his speed and movement skills, I believe he can make the switch to strong safety. Wesley had a 100 tackles or more each of the last three seasons.

6. C Jamey Richard, Buffalo: A.J. Smith returns to his Buffalo roots. San Diego needs a better backup at center. Cory Withrow struggled as a starter when subbing for the injured Nick Hardwick. The Bolts went into a tailspin once Hardwick was out. Richard is another blue-collar lineman who plays to the whistle. He was voted team captain as a junior. Philip Rivers needs better protection, so depth on the line is a must.

7. DE Derek Lokey Texas: A lighter, quick defensive tackle who can project to a 3-4 front for the Chargers at defensive end. He gets the most out of his ability and doesn't stop on plays away from him. He is a very smart player and was pre-law in school. He plays at 285 pounds but is worth a gamble this late in the draft.

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