Chargers Draft Buzz: Usual Suspects

The draft is less than three weeks away and the Chargers are targeting the usual suspects: corners and offensive linemen. Two linemen revealed the Bolts were in attendance at their recent Pro Days, while a third reportedly had a private workout in San Diego. also discovered three more private meetings, all with cornerbacks.

Chargers Do the Hokie-Pokey

The Chargers reportedly arranged a private workout with Virginia Tech offensive tackle Duane Brown (6'4", 315 pounds). Brown played left tackle in 2007 with mixed results but has the versatility to play right tackle or guard, as well. He went a long way towards proving his aptitude at the Combine, finishing amongst the top five at his position in the short shuttle (4.52), three cone (7.58) and vertical jump (27.5").

Brown, a projected third-round pick, is at least the third second-day offensive tackle the Chargers have arranged a private visit with. As was reported in this article last week, the Chargers worked out OT David Hale (Weber State) and OL Jeremy Zuttah (Rutgers) on April 7.

Bolts Pop in at Pro Days

Two offensive linemen recently confirmed to that they met with Chargers personnel at their recent Pro Days: OT King Dunlap (Auburn) and OG Mike Martinez (New Mexico State). The Chargers were merely getting reacquainted with Dunlap at his Pro Day, as the team met with him less than a month earlier at the Combine.

Dunlap (6'8", 310 pounds) and Martinez (6'4", 335 pounds) are both projected to go between rounds five and seven, so they could become targets if the Bolts go with a defensive back in round one. Dunlap would back up his former college teammate, Marcus McNeill. Martinez has the ability to back up every position on the line.

Cornering the Market

The Chargers have used first-round picks on cornerbacks in three of the last six draft; A.J. Smith seems intent on making it four for seven. confirmed the Chargers arranged private workouts with three more cornerback prospects.

Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Flowers, a projected first-round pick, will visit the Chargers on April 9. If San Diego decides to address its cornerback need later in the draft, Smith could go with San Jose State cornerback Dwight Lowery, who arrived in San Diego for a private workout on April 6.

The Chargers also set up a private workout for USC cornerback Terrell Thomas. San Diego's interest in Thomas comes as no surprise, as Jaime Cattano first reported on Feb. 20 that the Bolts are interested in Thomas' rare combination of size (6'0", 200 pounds) and ball skills.

Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.

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