In 2009, he could offer insurance behind LaDainian Tomlinson, because Brown has the size (5-foot-10, 210 pounds) and durability (367 carries last season) to be an every-down back.
In the big picture, Brown would protect the Chargers in case they decide not to pay LT his $2 million roster bonus next March, or if the team cannot agree to a long-term contract with Darren Sproles.
The visit on March 30 will not be the first between Brown and the Chargers. He also met with the team at the NFL Combine less than a month ago.
RB Donald Brown
"I just try to be as versatile as possible and try to contribute any way possible," Brown said.
The biggest hurdle preventing Brown from joining the Blue & Gold is his draft value. He is projected to be picked anywhere from the end of Round One to the middle of Round Two. The Chargers' first pick is in the middle of Round One (No. 16 overall) and they do not pick again till the middle of Round Three (No. 78).
For Brown to be seriously considered for the position of Tomlinson's understudy, the Chargers would likely have to trade down in the first round. However, as explained in this article, that may be more likely than people realize.
Of course, Brown would love to elevate his draft stock to the point where the Chargers would select him at No. 16.
"I feel I can improve on everything, especially going to the NFL, you're playing with the elite," Brown said. "You have to step up your game that much more. Pass protection is big. You need to protect the quarterback."
If Brown elevates his game any higher, he could make an already potent Chargers offense downright scary. He's already coming off a season in which he led the nation in rushing (2,083 yards) while running in 18 touchdowns.
The Chargers ranked No. 20 in rushing offense and No. 18 in yards per carry last season. Adding Brown into the mix with a healthy Tomlinson and the electrifying Sproles could get those numbers pointed north in a hurry.