Ready to Run
Regardless of what happens with LaDainian Tomlinson, the Chargers will look to bolster their depth at running back during the NFL Draft. One top candidate is Liberty RB Rashad Jennings, who enjoyed a formal meeting with the Chargers in Indy.
Jennings is coming off a monster season in which he carried 263 times for 1,500 yards (5.7 ypc) and 17 touchdowns. He is extremely explosive for a man of his size (6-foot-1, 230 pounds) and runs through arm tackles like sorely-missed backup Michael Turner. Jennings could be a third-round target for the Chargers.
OG Herman Johnson
Regardless of who's running the ball for the Chargers, the team won't have more success on the ground without improved blocking up front. One draft-day possibility is massive guard Herman Johnson (6-foot-7, 360 pounds), who also had a formal meeting with the Chargers at the Combine.
Johnson is extremely powerful and consistently generates movement in the running game. His weight and conditioning are concerns, although he has lost approximately 25 pounds in the last month-and-a-half to get down to 360. He had formal meetings with seven teams in Indianapolis and said the Chargers were one of three teams to show the most interest in him.
Twice as Nice with Two Tackles
The Chargers conducted formal meetings with two defensive tackles in Indianapolis, each of whom also met with Chargers scouts at the Senior Bowl.
The first meeting was with Missouri DT Ziggy Hood. Hood has the size to play defensive end in a three-man front (6-foot-4, 295 pounds) and the quickness to spark San Diego's pass rush (10 sacks in his last two seasons). For a Scout.com exclusive interview with Hood, click here.
Another defensive lineman who double-dipped with the Chargers is Boston College's Ron Brace. Brace is a beefier prospect (6-foot-3, 324 pounds) who has the bulk to play nose tackle and the quickness to slide out to defensive end. To read SDBoltReport.com's Senior Bowl Q&A with Brace, click here.
Second Servings for the Secondary
SS Nic Harris
The first is Oklahoma SS Nic Harris, a hard-hitting in-the-box safety who could finally replace Rodney Harrison's intimidating presence between the hashes. Harris is a strong safety-linebacker tweener, and the teams he met with at the Combine were split as to which position fits him best. For a Scout.com exclusive interview with Harris, click here.
The second DB the Chargers met with is Illinois CB Vontae Davis. Davis is one of the top cornerbacks in the draft and could be a good value pick at No. 16. However, the Chargers have spent first-round picks on cornerbacks in four of the last seven drafts; it's hard to imagine the team would go five-for-eight, despite finishing with the worst-ranked pass defense in the AFC last season.