Yet there the Chargers were at the NFL Combine, holding private meetings with tight ends Richard Quinn (North Carolina) and Anthony Hill (North Carolina State).
This is not the first time the Chargers have shown interest in tight end prospects this offseason, as team officials also met with first-day prospects Brandon Pettigrew (Oklahoma State) and Shawn Nelson (Southern Miss) at the Senior Bowl.
If the Bolts draft a tight end, Kris Wilson will likely be cut.
"I definitely feel great about [my blocking]," Quinn said. "I've been working on my technique and just trying to be the best I can at that."
Quinn has a full offseason regiment set up to make his game more NFL-ready. He'll continue working out at his school to improve his strength and maintain his conditioning. While in North Carolina, Quinn also expects to run into Tar Heels alumni Alge Crumpler. Quinn has a friendship with Crumpler and tries to model his game after the former Pro Bowler.
Crumpler helped prep Quinn for the pre-draft process, including Quinn's interview with the Chargers. Quinn met with tight ends coach Rod Chudzinski during one of San Diego's allotted 15-minute formal interview sessions. During that time, Quinn made his pitch for why he should become a Charger.
"I'm a hard worker. Whatever team I get drafted to, I am willing to do whatever the coaches ask me to do," he said.
Also getting a chance to pitch his case to Chudzinski was Hill (6-foot-6, 265 pounds). The talented tight end caught 45 passes for 478 yards as a junior at NC State in 2006. He red-shirted the 2007 season after tearing the ACL in the left knee, but bounced back in 2008 to catch 19 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns.
Hill, like Quinn, is a better blocker than receiver. Nonetheless, he prides himself on being a two-dimensional player.
"I feel like a lot of the tight ends in this draft -- some of them are one-dimensional in that they can catch or run really well but they can't block. I block really well and run really well, which is kind of like the total package."
Hill will use the time between now and the NFL Draft in April to keep pushing his draft stock upwards. He's looking forward to showing his stuff again at his Pro Day on March 18 and hopes the Chargers will be in attendance.
"I'm going to go to Pensacola to finish training," Hill said of his pre-draft agenda. "After that, I will probably take a little bit of a rest before the draft."
TE Anthony Hill could be groomed to supplant H-back Brandon Manumaleuna by 2010.