Bolts Buzz: Ten Day-Two Players to Watch

Drafting OLB Larry English in the first round created a good news-bad news situation for the San Diego Chargers. The good news is that the Chargers now have a pass-rushing triumvirate that can strike fear in opposing quarterbacks. The bad news is that the team's top-five needs went unaddressed on the first day of the NFL Draft.

The Chargers enter the second day of the draft with needs at safety, defensive end, offensive tackle, running back and wide receiver. Here's a look at some of the top prospects at those positions who are still available.

Safety: Alabama's Rashad Johnson and Wake Forest's Chip Vaughn

The Chargers need a safety to push Clinton Hart, who struggled mightily last year. Johnson would be an excellent value in the middle of the third round because of his high football IQ and knack for making big plays. Playing for former NFL coach Nick Saban at Alabama helped him greatly. Another option is Vaughn, an in-the-box defender who dominates against the run and controls play between the hashes.

Defensive Ends: Georgia Tech's Vance Walker and Georgia's Corvey Irvin

The Chargers have yet to replace Igor Olshansky and need a young player to add to the rotation. Walker would provide a penetrating presence (11 sacks since 2007) to a unit on which no player posted more than two sacks last season. Irvin could also be a good fit because of his ability to anchor against the run and make plays in pursuit.

Offensive Tackles: Oregon's Fenuki Tupou and Florida's Jason Watkins

The Chargers face a lot of uncertainty at tackle, and it goes beyond Marcus McNeill's neck surgery and Jeromey Clary's struggles in pass protection. McNeill, Clary and L.J. Shelton are all entering contract years, so the team would like to add another young talent to the mix. Tupuo has all the skills to develop into a top-tier starter while Watkins' nimble feet and big-game experience make him an intriguing prospect.

Running Backs: Liberty's Rashad Jennings and Iowa's Shonn Greene

Jennings is a punishing runner with the size (6-foot-1, 234 pounds) to carry the load. He could serve as LaDainian Tomlinson's caddy in 2009 and take over as the featured back as early as 2010. Another option is Greene, who burst onto the scene last season by rushing for more than 100 yards in every game. He's considered one of the best inside runners in the draft.

Wide Receiver: Cal Poly's Ramses Barden and BYU's Austin Collie

The Chargers are all set at receiver in 2009, but four of the team's top-six wide-outs are entering contract years. A.J. Smith has always been drawn to big wide-outs and there are a couple of great prospects on the board. Barden (6-foot-6, 227 pounds) would be an absolute steal at this point; he's comparable to a trimmer Antonio Gates. Another great value would be Collie (6-foot-2, 206 pounds), who is known for his strong hands and precise routes.

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.


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