The Chargers likely have room to keep one of these three players. Bennett has the early advantage because he provides insurance behind LaDainian Tomlinson, 30, and Darren Sproles (5-foot-6, 180 pounds). His willingness to play on special teams helps his cause, as well.
However, keeping Bennett leaves the Chargers with only one fullback (Jacob Hester). Instead, the team may opt to keep Tolbert, who started seven games last season and made some big plays before an ankle injury derailed his development.
Latsko is also an option if the team keeps two fullbacks. He is a better blocker than Tolbert and is more equipped to make an impact on special teams. However, he lacks Tolbert's experience and is not as dynamic with the ball in his hands.
DE Keith Grennan
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Scott has a huge advantage because of his experience under coaches Ron Rivera and Don Johnson. He has an ideal build for a 3-4 lineman (6-foot-3, 315 pounds) and has the most experience of anyone in this mix.
Nonetheless, he has basically been inactive for the last two seasons. The team may opt to go with Grennan, who worked his way onto the active roster last season before promptly going down with a foot injury. Grennan is a blue-collar lineman who thrives in a two-gap system. In many ways, he's comparable to former Chargers standout John Parrella.
Another option is Ogemdi Nwagbuo, who'd give the team a true backup nose tackle. The 300-pound lineman out of Michigan State plays with excellent leverage at the point of attack. Although he can't command multiple blockers as well as Jamal Williams does, he compensates by using his very impressive quickness to disrupt plays in the backfield.
The Bolts' biggest logjam is at outside linebacker. The top-four is set: Shaun Phillips, Shawne Merriman, Larry English and Jyles Tucker -- although Applewhite (SDSU) could leapfrog Tucker. More than likely, however, he's competing with another local college prospect, Bakhtiari (USD), for the last linebacker spot.
Applewhite played well during San Diego's 4-0 run last December and has made significant strides in coverage. He has done everything possible to maintain his roster spot, but Bakhtiari has made things interesting with a sensational training camp. Bakhtiari is a punishing tackler and is sensational in pursuit.
Of course, the Chargers may use their ninth linebacker spot on an inside linebacker, since that's where the team is more susceptible. In that case, Beckwith would make the most sense since he was such a steal as an undrafted free agent. Beckwith is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker with sure tackling skills, but he'll have to overcome his hamstring injury soon and show something in the preseason if he hopes to stick.
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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.