SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
2010 record: 9-7, second place AFC West
2011 draft rundown
Seven total picks (round): 18 (1), 50 (2), 61 (2), 82 (3), 89 (3), 183 (6), 201 (6), 234 (7)
Defensive End: Jacques Cesaire and Travis Johnson are only adequate, plus could be free agents.
Linebacker: Stephen Cooper and/or Kevin Burnett won't be back, Donald Butler can only play one spot, and there hasn't been much production across from Shaun Phillips.
Safety: The team can't depend on signee Bob Sanders to stay healthy, and Eric Weddle may be the next free agent unwilling to work with GM A.J. Smith.
Running Back: If Darren Sproles doesn't return, a complementary running back to Ryan Matthews is needed.
Wide Receiver: The team put the franchise tag on Vincent Jackson, and Malcom Floyd flashed in 2010, and Patrick Crayton did not light the world on fire before his wrist injury.
First round focus
--In the middle of the first round the Chargers won't have their pick of the elite prospects in the draft, but have a chance to pick a rising star. Free agency may take a toll on the team's front seven, which didn't perform to expectations in 2010; finding a young, athletic five-technique end or linebacker seems a reasonable place for General Manager A.J. Smith to start. Though receiver and safety are also team needs, the value at those positions may not match the value of their selection.
Five names on Chargers' board
--DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
--OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA
--DT Corey Liuget, Illinois
--OLB Aldon Smith, Missouri
--OLB Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh
--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter