1. Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
GM A.J. Smith views his No. 3 cornerback as a de facto starter, so even though the team already has former first-rounders Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason, Smith addresses the position with another high pick by selecting McCourty. The Rutgers product has everything that Antonio Cromartie does not: a strong work ethic; a willingness to stop the run; and a desire to make an impact on special teams. And if you think the addition of Donald Strickland is enough to make Smith feel good about his cornerbacks, you're only kidding yourself.
RB Ryan Mathews
This is the beauty of the Charlie Whitehurst trade, which allowed the Chargers to move up 20 spots in the second round. Mathews should still be available at this point, and if not, Auburn's Ben Tate will be a nice consolation prize. Either way, this is the spot in the draft where Smith will find his every-down, workhorse running back. Smith is clearly interested in Mathews, as he attended Fresno State's Pro Day.
3. Torrell Troup, NT, Central Florida
The Chargers need a run-stuffing nose tackle, but not as bad as people might think. First of all, the run defense only allowed 107.2 yards per game over the final 11 games last season. Secondly, Ryon Bingham and Ogemdi Nwagbuo are coming off injured-reserve to join the recently re-signed Ian Scott in the mix. Adding an anchor like Troup -- or East Carolina's Linval Joseph, if Troup is not available -- should be all this unit needs. Troup interviewed with the Chargers at the NFL Combine.
4. Charles Scott, RB, LSU
The Chargers need to add at least two running backs to join Darren Sproles in a revamped backfield and Scott presents great value at this point in the draft. Scott is a strong runner between the tackles with some big-play ability, to boot. He has already interviewed with Chargers scouts twice this offseason and would love to be reunited with former teammate Jacob Hester in San Diego.
5. Sean Canfield, QB, Oregon State
While the Whitehurst trade helped the Chargers immensely in the second round, it also created a void on the depth chart. Smith believes in being three-deep at the quarterback position and he restores that depth with the selection of Canfield. The Chargers sent an area scout to at least four Oregon State games last season, where the team got a first-hand glimpse of Canfield's arm strength and accuracy.
7. Brody Eldridge, TE, Oklahoma
Speaking of filling out a three-deep depth chart, the Chargers need another tight end to replace Brandon Manumaleuna. There may be no better candidate than Eldridge, who started games at tight end, guard and center last season. The Chargers showed some early interest by attending his Pro Day last week.
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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. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.