Team Chats Up Linebackers, Tight Ends, And More

Keep checking the blog for updates throughout the entire draft process as I will be doing extensive coverage on the Chargers needs and direction:

What has been particularly interesting to me is hearing reports that the Chargers have been targeting Linebackers primarily so far during Senior Bowl week. This could be a smoke screen but it seems as if they are doing lots of chatting with players who can play all four of the linebacker spots on the defense. Even more interesting is that they have not been interested in any of the top ranked senior linebackers and are instead looking for some guys who might slip through the cracks and be had in the later rounds.

In addition to the linebackers, the team is also looking for extremely tall Tight Ends (think 6'6"). Scott Chandler was drafted only last year and he himself is in the 6'7" range. I could see the team looking for depth at the position but I find it hard to believe they will carry four tight ends on the final roster. Again, the players they have talked to are guys who may fall to the late rounds.

And finally, the Chargers scouting departments has been having chats with very fast players who could contribute in the return game. Wide Receivers and a cornerbacks are the positions that often produce great return men. Certainly the team will be looking to improve in the return game and it'll be interesting to see if they bring in any competition for Darren Sproles.

Below is a complete list through Wednsday of the players the Chargers have been talking, courtesy of NFLDraftCountdown:

TE Kellen Davis - 6'6" 246lbs
TE Martin Rucker - 6'6" 255lbs
WR Eddie Royal - 5'10" 180lbs
WR Lavelle Hawkins - 5'11" 185lbs
WE Donnie Avery - 5'11" 190lbs
WR DJ Hall - 6'3" 185lbs
WR Marcus Smith - 6'2" 214lbs
CB Leodis McKelvin - 5'11" 190lbs
SS Thomas DeCoud - 6'2" 204lbs
ILB Philip Wheeler - 6'2" 238lbs
OLB Cliff Avril - 6'3" 251lbs
OLB Titus Brown - 6'3" 250lbs
OLB Shawn Crable - 6'5" 243lbs
OLB Darrell Robertson - 6'5" 252lbs
OLB Jeremy Thompson - 6'5" 264lbs
OLB/DE Chris Ellis - 6'5" 267lbs
OLB/DE - Jason Jones - 6'5" 270lbs

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