Chris Steuber: It's still early and I wouldn't count Davis out just yet. He's a very talented player, but you're right, the injuries are a problem. I think the fans and the front office have to be a little patient with Davis. I don't think he's going to be a star, but I do believe he can become a serviceable No. 2 or No. 3 receiver.
Naanee has always intrigued me. I watched him play a lot at Boise State and all he did was make plays. He's a tremendous athlete and his potential is off the charts, but he's very raw. He's still a work in progress, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him become a better pro than Davis.
FS Eric Weddle
ML: In each of the last two drafts, the Chargers have made big moves in the second round. The team traded up for FS Eric Weddle in 2007 and for FB Jacob Hester in 2008? How do you grade each of these trades? Was the juice worth the squeeze?
CS: Yes, I think both trades will work out in the long run for the Chargers. It's easy to say that Hester has been a disappointment thus far, but give the guy a chance. Weddle, on the other hand, is terrific. He's exactly what Hester will be in a couple of years -- a sound football player who makes plays all over the field. Even though the Chargers gave up a lot of draft picks to select Hester and Weddle, in the end, the juice will definitely be worth the squeeze.
ML: Second-year linebacker Anthony Waters has struggled to get onto the field but is finally seeing some playing time at outside linebacker. How do you like him as an outside ‘backer in a 3-4 defense? Which position best utilizes his skill-set?
CS: Waters is more of a 4-3 middle linebacker, but he's athletic enough to play in a 3-4. In a 3-4 scheme, Waters' attributes fit best at one of the two inside linebacker positions. He's capable of playing on the strong side, but to get the most out of his abilities, he has to play inside.
ML: With Shawne Merriman's injury all but crippling the defense, Chargers fans are interested in any player who can rush the passer. Currently, the Chargers have two local prospects who can do exactly that: Backup OLB Antwan Applewhite (SDSU) and practice squad OLB Eric Bakhtiari (USD). What is your take on these two? Can either of them develop into more than role players?
CS: I'd be surprised if they develop into impact players or even solid starters; I think they're just role players. It would be a really good story to see two local products make a name for themselves with the Chargers, but counting on them to become starters is a bit of a stretch.
DB Paul Oliver
CS: I really liked Oliver at Georgia. I thought he had a chance to become a special player before being ruled academically ineligible prior to the 2007 college season. I think Oliver has a chance to be an effective defender in the NFL.
The problem is, and the Chargers realize it: Where does he fit best? It's a great question. Is he a corner or a safety? In college, he was a very good cornerback, but in the NFL he has to make the transition to free safety. He's not the fastest player, but he covers very well. He has good recognition and ball skills and that should benefit him playing centerfield. But with Weddle poised to be the starter for years to come, being a special teams standout will keep Oliver employed in San Diego.
ML: Looking ahead to next season, the Chargers' primary needs appear to be defensive line, inside linebacker and safety. Who are some of the top prospects at those positions who could be available to the Chargers?
CS: The Chargers, based on their record at this point, will be in position to draft a solid player in next April's draft. Obviously, the fans want to see the Chargers make it to the playoffs and ultimately to the Super Bowl. But if they fail, adding a top prospect with great talent, who can make an impact next season will help a lot.
If the draft was being held today, the Chargers would own a top-ten selection. Here is a list of players that will be available: DE Brian Orakpo (Texas), DE Michael Johnson (Georgia Tech), LB James Laurinaitis (Ohio State), LB Rey Maualuga (USC), LB Aaron Curry (Wake Forest), S William Moore (Missouri) and S Taylor Mays (USC).
A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber's features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com.