Depth Chart Projection

The first round of cuts is in the books and the next round is only days away. What will the depth chart look like once the last axe falls? breaks it all down.

The Chargers face some difficult decisions with the players currently on their roster. San Diego has minimal depth on the offensive line and extra depth in the secondary, which is why we have the team keeping 24 players on offense and 26 on defense.

Ryan McDonald is one of the surprise players to make the cut. He stick as the ninth offensive lineman, although his spot will disappear if the Chargers claim another offensive tackle on waivers. Another player whose spot disappeared is Josh Reed, who loses out to promising undrafted rookies Jermey Williams and Seyi Ajirotutu.

On defense, second-year defensive lineman Ogemdi Nwagbuo falls victim to the numbers game. Also dropping out are CBs Dante Hughes and Fred Bennett, with Brandon Hughes and C.J. Spillman claiming the final two spots in the secondary.


QB: Philip Rivers, Billy Volek, Jonathan Crompton
RB: Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles
FB: Jacob Hester, Mike Tolbert
LT: Brandyn Dombrowski
LG: Kris Dielman, Tyronne Green
C: Nick Hardwick, Ryan McDonald
RG: Louis Vasquez, Scott Mruczkowski
RT: Jeromey Clary, Nick Richmond
TE: Antonio Gates, Kris Wilson, Randy McMichael
WR: Malcom Floyd, Jeremy Williams, Seyi Ajirotutu
WR: Legedu Naanee, Buster Davis


DE: Jacques Cesaire, Travis Johnson
NT: Antonio Garay, Cam Thomas
DE: Luis Castillo, Alfonso Boone, Vaughn Martin
OLB: Shawne Merriman, Larry English, Jyles Tucker
ILB: Kevin Burnett, Brandon Siler
ILB: Stephen Cooper, James Holt
OLB: Shaun Phillips, Antwan Applewhite
CB: Quentin Jammer, Nathan Vasher
SS: Steve Gregory, Darrell Stuckey
FS: Eric Weddle, Paul Oliver, C.J. Spillman
CB: Antoine Cason, Donald Strickland, Brandon Hughes

Special Teams

K: Nate Kaeding
P: Mike Scifres
LS: David Binn

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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