Auburn -- RB Ben Tate
Tate is an all-around back who lacks only big-play ability, something that was also said about LaDainian Tomlinson when he came out in '01. Tate and Tomlinson are very different off the field, as Tate has a cocky, brash personality, but as scouts say, the eye in the sky doesn't lie.
Boston College --LB/LS Mike McLaughlin
McLaughlin, a projected late-round pick, could help the Chargers in several areas. He could be the heir apparent to David Binn; he could replace Kassim Osgood's contributions in kick coverage; or he could step in for Tim Dobbins if the restricted free agent signs elsewhere.
QB John Skelton
The Chargers need a third quarterback after shipping Charlie Whitehurst to the Seattle Seahawks. Skelton has a big arm and posted four 400-yard games last season, so he could be the answer if he lasts until the bottom of the fourth round.
Fresno State -- RB Ryan Mathews
No player has gone to the Chargers in more mock drafts than Mathews, who many people believe will be San Diego's first-round selection. Mathews exploded onto the scene last season with more than 1,800 yards and 6.6 ypc. If the Chargers don't tab Mathews early, they could go for his backup, Lonyae Miller, later on.
Georgia -- DL Geno Atkins
Atkins played in a 4-3 defense at Georgia and is seen as a three-technique tackle at the next level. However, as he told us in this exclusive interview, he is getting some serious interest from 3-4 teams. He could step into the rotation and instantly become San Diego's best pass-rushing lineman.
Kentucky -- CB Trevard Lindley
Lindley saw his stock slip during his senior year as he battled an ankle injury, but he has shown the potential to be an impact player. A projected fifth-round pick, he could compete with Donald Strickland, Dante Hughes and Brandon Hughes for a spot in the nickel and dime defenses.
DL D'Anthony Smith
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Smith projects as a defensive end in the Chargers' 3-4 defense. He gets excellent penetration and is an strong tackler, which is why he could be selected as high as the second round. Smith impressed during his Pro Day with a 35.5-inch vertical leap and 28 reps of the 225-pound bench press.
Oklahoma -- TE Brody Eldridge
The Bolts must replace blocking specialist Brandon Manumaleuna and there is no better candidate than Eldridge, who started at tight end, guard and center last season. He should be available late in the draft.
Penn State -- DE Jared Odrick
A prototypical 3-4 defensive end, Odrick is a legitimate first-round candidate for the Bolts. He has incredible strength, allowing him to command double-teams and bull-rush effectively. He would be an excellent bookend on the other side of Luis Castillo.
Pittsburgh -- TE Dorin Dickerson
The Chargers spoke with Dickerson after his Pro Day and made plans to bring him in for an individual workout, so the team is clearly interested. Dickerson has an elite combination of speed and athleticism that could make him a dangerous complement to Antonio Gates.
Tennessee -- RB Montario Hardesty
A powerful runner who rumbled for more than 1,300 yards and 13 TDs last season, Hardesty is an option for the Chargers between the second and third rounds. He is a legitimate workhorse back and a respected locker room leader.
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