Chargers Plan Visit with Day-Two QB

The San Diego Chargers arranged a private visit with one of the draft's more interesting day-two quarterbacks, has learned. This may be the man A.J. Smith is targeting to replace Charlie Whitehurst.

The San Diego Chargers have arranged a visit with Troy QB Levi Brown, according to's Adam Caplan. No date has been set.

Brown, a projected late-round pick or priority free agent, may become a poor man's Philip Rivers. He has good size size (6-foot-4, 229 lbs.) and the same three-quarter arm delivery as San Diego's star quarterback.

QB Levi Brown
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Brown began his collegiate career at Richmond before transferring to Troy in 2007. He played 23 games during his two seasons with the Trojans, completing 522 of 830 passes (63 percent) for 6,284 yards, 38 TDs and 12 INTs.

Brown has boosted his chances of getting drafted with a good offseason. He performed well in front of scouts at Texas vs. the Nation; he displayed a nice combination of velocity and touch at the NFL Combine; and he posted strong numbers at his Pro Day: a 4.82 and 4.84 in the 40, a 34.5-inch vertical, an 8-foot-11 broad jump, a 4.41 short and a 7.25 three-cone.

San Diego needs another QB after shipping Charlie Whitehurst to the Seahawks. The swap allowed the Chargers to move up 20 spots in the second round of this year's draft and also netted the team a third-round selection in 2011.

A.J. Smith considers it a priority to be three-deep at the quarterback position and -- despite the presence of veterans Rivers and Billy Volek -- intends to draft a player to fill out the depth chart. Volek is scheduled to be a free agent after the 2010 season.

Check out draft analyst Chris Steuber's scouting report on Troy QB Levi Brown in the Insiders Draft Talk Forum.

Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the 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.

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