Chargers Draft Projections: Final Version

After months of tracking San Diego's meetings and intentions, team expert Michael Lombardo rolls out his final draft projections for the Chargers. Sticking with the five draft picks the Chargers currently possess, Lombardo explains how San Diego will make the most of its limited draft booty. And with the 27th choice in the 2008 draft, the San Diego Chargers select…

1. Brandon Flowers, CB, Virginia Tech The Chargers need to replace Drayton Florence and Paul Oliver has yet to prove capable. The Bolts brought in Flowers for a private visit earlier this month and feel he is the man for the job. Flowers has the athleticism to make plays on the ball (27 pass breakups and eight picks in last two years) and the physicality to come up against the run (86 tackles last season). Planting him between Antonio Cromartie and Quentin Jammer gives San Diego a championship-caliber defense.

5a. Cory Boyd, RB, South Carolina San Diego met with Boyd at the NFL Combine and is intrigued by his combination of power and vision. When Norv Turner turns on Boyd's game tape and sees him running over safeties, he can't help but be reminded of Michael Turner. Boyd runs with good power and body lean, allowing him to average 5 yards per carry in each of his last three seasons.

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5b. King Dunlap, OT, Auburn The Chargers seem infatuated by the idea of reuniting Dunlap with his college teammate, Marcus McNeill. The Bolts met with him at the NFL Combine and again at his Pro Day. Dunlap (6'8", 310 pounds) struggled through injuries and inconsistencies as a senior but has the ability to outplay his draft status. He has the skills to back up McNeill at left tackle and to push Jeromey Clary on the right side.

6. Nate Robinson, NT, Akron - Jamal Williams will be 32 years old by opening day and can't be counted on to play in all 16 games. The Bolts need a player with the size and strength to anchor the defense when Williams is on the sidelines, and Robinson fits the bill. Robinson (6'2", 307 pounds) was a top prep prospect but hasn't played up to his potential since. However, he has the athleticism and raw talent to stick.

7. Bobbie Williams, S, Bethune-Cookman – San Diego has virtually no depth behind Clinton Hart and Eric Weddle. Williams has the size (6'0", 214 pounds) and athleticism to back up both of them. He was extremely productive in college, tallying 204 tackles and 13 interceptions over the last three seasons. A.J. Smith has never been afraid to gamble on small-school prospects, especially late in the draft, so this would be a logical way for the Chargers to close out the draft.

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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