The Chargers scouts went to work quickly upon arriving in Mobile, Ala., as one scout pulled aside Missouri safety William Moore for a lengthy chat. Moore, who could be a candidate for San Diego's first-round pick (No. 16), was also seen talking to the New Orleans Saints, who pick two spots ahead of the Chargers.
Moore is the kind of physical, impactful player the Chargers are looking for to replace Clinton Hart. He is disruptive near the line of scrimmage and could be the second coming of Rodney Harrison, allowing Eric Weddle to play centerfield and show off his impressive ball skills.
Over the final two seasons of Moore's brilliant college career, he tallied 185 tackles, nine interceptions and three sacks.
One More for the 3-4?
LB Clay Matthews
By Paul Pinner
Possibly looking to fortify the outside linebacker position, one Chargers scout engaged in a sustained one-on-one meeting with USC linebacker Clay Matthews. Matthews, who would be a potential third- or fourth-round target, has the skills to contribute as a pass-rusher and a special-teamer as a rookie.
Matthews, a former walk-on with only one year of starting experience, is certainly a work in progress. However, his raw ability and blue-collar work ethic make him appealing to the Chargers.
Anybody need a defensive coordinator?
Ted Cottrell, who was fired by the Chargers after Week 8, arrived at the Senior Bowl on Sunday representing no team in particular. It is quite common for out-of-work coaches to attend the Senior Bowl just to rub elbows and rekindle old connections, so it is likely Cottrell is fishing for a new employer.
One team in search of a new defensive coordinator is the Dallas Cowboys, who fired Brian Stewart earlier this week. Stewart, who spent three seasons as the secondary coach in San Diego, is also still looking for work. Ironically, the Chargers are still looking for a secondary coach after relieving Bill Bradley and Kevin Ross, although a return by Stewart may be too incestuous.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com 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.