1. LB Rey Maualuga, USC – The Chargers already signed an inside linebacker this offseason in Kevin Burnett, but you don't pass up an elite talent like Maualuga in favor of a career backup. With his strength and violent aggression, Maualuga could complete an otherworldly foursome with Shawne Merriman, Shaun Phillips and Stephen Cooper. Maualuga (6-foot-2, 249 pounds) had a formal meeting with the Chargers at the Combine.
RB Rashad Jennings
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3b. OT Jason Watkins, Florida – The Chargers love nothing more than proven players from winning programs and Watkins fits the bill. Watkins (6-foot-6, 318 pounds) is an athletic tackle with the quick feet to excel in pass protection and the agility to get out on the second level. The Chargers had a formal meeting with Watkins at the Combine.
4a. DL Vance Walker, Georgia Tech – San Diego has a glaring hole at end after losing Igor Olshansky as a free agent and Walker could fill the void. Walker (6-foot-2, 304 pounds) flashes quickness as a pass rusher, bagging 11.5 sacks over his final two collegiate seasons, and has the combination of balance and strength to excel against the run. He enjoyed a meeting with the Chargers at the Senior Bowl.
4b. WR Aaron Kelly, Clemson – The Chargers already have a lot of depth at receiver, but four of the team's top-six are entering contract years. Kelly (6-foot-5, 204 pounds) could provide depth and be groomed for a significant role in 2010. He has the size and leaping ability the Chargers prefer in their receivers. He met with San Diego scouts at the Combine.
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6. DE Victor Butler, Oregon State – The Chargers have had their eyes on Butler all season long. San Diego sent a scout to at least four Oregon State games during the season and hosted Butler for a formal meeting at the Combine. Butler (6-foot-2, 248 pounds) is known for his incredible quickness and would serve as either an outside linebacker or a pass-rushing specialist in San Diego.
7. QB Nathan Brown, Central Arkansas – San Diego is already three-deep at quarterback, but Charlie Whitehurst is entering the final year of his contract and is likely to sign elsewhere in search of playing time. The Chargers could spend a late pick on Brown, who threw 31 TDs against just four interceptions last season, and stash him on the practice squad for a season. Brown (6-foot-1, 219 pounds) met with the Chargers at the Senior Bowl.
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.