RB Knowshon Moreno
As good as Darren Sproles was last year, he's not a featured back. He can't take the physical pounding down after down; he's a situational, change-up runner who's effective because the defense isn't prepared for his speed.
Drafting Chris Wells or Knowshon Moreno is a realistic thought, even if it doesn't make sense for the present, because it will benefit their offense in the future.
If the Chargers don't draft a RB, the best player on the board could be Alabama OT Andre Smith. With two-time Pro Bowl OT Marcus McNeill undergoing neck surgery in February, depth at tackle would benefit the Chargers immediately. Prior to his debacle at the Scouting Combine, Smith was considered to be a top-five draft pick, but since that time his status has declined. But, he's still a tremendous talent and that's something you can't deny.
Thrill2death: If the Chargers pass on a running back, will they go for a defensive end, offensive tackle, safety or 'backer? What is the deepest position in this year's draft?
LB Brian Cushing
There isn't a safety worth selecting in the first round, at least not at No. 16. But the Chargers could trade back in the mid-to-late 20's, select a player like Western Michigan's Louis Delmas, and by doing so, acquire a second-round pick, which they don't have this year. There are a lot of possibilities outside of drafting a running back, but the best value on the board at their selection may be at running back.
There's a lot of depth at many positions in this year's draft, but if I had to choose one position that's the deepest, I'd say OLB; the hybrids.
DRAFTICON: What safeties, particularly strong safeties, could the Chargers look at? Also, has the team shown any interest in Cincinnati DE Connor Barwin?
Chris Steuber: I'd have to think the Chargers will look at the top three strong safeties in the draft: William Moore (Missouri), Patrick Chung (Oregon) and Chip Vaughn (Wake Forest). However, not having a second-round pick will hurt their chances of acquiring one of these three players, but there's a chance that Vaughn will slip into the third round.
I haven't heard anything about Barwin meeting or talking to the San Diego Chargers.
padscharg: Do you see the Chargers trading down in the first in order to acquire a second-rounder? If so, who do you think is the ideal trade partner?
QB Josh Freeman
A potential trade partner could be the New England Patriots, who own the 23rd pick overall and also have three second-round selections; they have a lot to work with to move up.
Another angle in a potential trade could be any team that has interest in Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman. With the Chargers owning the 16th pick, a team that wants Freeman will probably have to trade into that spot, because the New York Jets are a threat to select him at No. 17.
Boltman46: If the Chargers do trade down, who would they target?
Chris Steuber: That's an interesting question, because if they trade down -- depending how far they trade down -- the strength towards the end of the first round leans towards defense.
There will be some offensive players they could look at like Connecticut RB Donald Brown, Pittsburgh RB LeSean McCoy, North Carolina WR Hakeem Nicks, Rutgers WR Kenny Britt and Arizona OT Eben Britton. But if a linebacker like James Laurinaitis (Ohio State), Clay Matthews (USC) or Larry English (Northern Illinois) is available, that could be the direction they go towards.
DownUnderBoltsFan: Now that Jay Cutler is in Chicago, do you see the Broncos targeting Matthew Stafford or Mark Sanchez? Or will they take one of the defensive players the Chargers want?
Chris Steuber: I have to believe that the Broncos will try to move up in the draft and select either Mark Sanchez or Matthew Stafford. I know they prefer Sanchez over Stafford, and I'll continue to say that Sanchez should be the first pick in the draft.
For the Broncos to secure Sanchez, I think they will have to make a trade with the Detroit Lions, but that's unlikely. So, Stafford will probably be their target if Sanchez goes No. 1 overall. If for some reason the Broncos are unable to move up, LSU DE Tyson Jackson is a great fit in their 3-4 scheme. Jackson is a player the Chargers would consider at No. 16.