Chargers Chat With Four At Senior Bowl

Scott from NFLDC spotted the Chargers talking with at least four prospects at the Senior Bowl. Ellis and Crable are a couple of outside linebackers who have knack for making plays behind the line of scrimmage. I watched some Hookie football and every time I saw them play I noticed Eddie Royal making big plays. He's pretty undersized but I filed him away in the back of my mind as a nice return man. And of course Thomas DeCoud is probably the highest rated of the bunch and a guy who could potentially go at the bottom of the first round.

Its foolish to come to any definitive conclusions based of these reports but if its any indication at all of the direction the Chargers are going in the draft, then I think its safe to say the team and I are on the same page in terms of evaluating need areas. Certainly the Chargers need to get a quality Strong Safety to compete for playing time (I know Hart started last year, but who is his backup? Is there anyone even competing with him for a job?). I have been calling for better play from our kick return team and that starts with the returner. Sproles has been okay but far from spectacular and it would not be out of the question for the Chargers to take the best available playmaker with their first round pick. Royal isn't a first round talent but he is a good player and could help in the return game. And while I find it interesting the Chargers are scouting outside linebackers due to the emergence of Jyles Tucker and versatility of Anthony Waters, I suppose a 34 defense can never have enough good linebackers.

Chris Ellis DE/OLB 6'5" 260

Shawn Crable OLB 6'5" 240

Thomas DeCloud SS 6'1" 200

Eddie Royal WR/KR/PR

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January 22, 2008

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Dave H said... Jan 23, 2008, 12:51:00 PM

Nice post, thanks for the draft update.

DeCoud could be a really good pick, but 1st round is probably too high. We'll see what AJ does.

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