2012 NFL Draft - Scouting for Future Chargers: Bowl Games Part 1

Team Needs
Starter Starter Competition Depth Projects
Current starter is FA next year and has no surefire understudy Current starter is FA next year and has understudy or current starter is inexperienced One or more backups are FAs next year May need a new starter or backup after 2012 season
S, FB, C, DT S, ILB, WR, C, DT, OLB, OG
S, ILB, WR, RB, TE, CB, OT
QB, K, OLB, DT, DE, TE

In case you missed it, I justified the most recent updates to the team needs list two weeks ago when I scouted the last week of the college football regular season. There's a lot of unknowns until we know the extent of some injuries and any changes in management are made, so I'm not going to say much more about that. Instead let's go to the games.

Ohio
(9-4) vs Utah St.
(7-5) Saturday 12/17 2:30 PM PT (ESPN)
It's the Ohio pistol formation vs. the Utah State strong rushing attack. Tyler Tettleton runs that pistol for the Bobcats and uses his two weapons (RB Donte Harden and WR LaVon Brazill) well and it'll be interesting to see that offense take on the Utah State 3-4 defense. If the Chargers stay in the 3-4 then perhaps top Utah State defender ILB Bobby Wagner will interest them. On the other side of the ball you get to see Aggies RB Robert Turbin. He's got a mix of speed and power to his game and it'll be up to MLB Noah Keller and the rest of the Bobcat defense to slow him down as well as dual threat QB Adam Kennedy.

San Diego St,
(8-4) vs Louisiana-Lafayette
(8-4) Saturday 12/17 6:00 PM PT (ESPN)
The Aztecs have been having some slow starts recently and that could be troublesome in this matchup. LA-Lafayette will basically have a home crowd in this one and will attack San Diego State's 3-3-5 defense will a strong ground attack. The Aztecs offense has something to prove here. QB Ryan Lindley is a Senior and this will be his final chance to show scouts he can lead this offense without the NFL receivers he had last year. Also, the spotlight is on Ronnie Hillman for this game as well. He was probably the best player in his conference this year and needs to keep putting up his monster performances to make sure he can lock in a 1st round selection in 2014.

I'll go over the individual players after the jump.

BFTB Scouting Targets:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Ladarius Green Louisiana-Lafayette TE Sr. 6'5 227 lbs
Versatile player. Not a true TE because he lacks bulk, but can lineup as an H-back as well. He can be a matchup problem as he uses his length to box out smaller defenders. He should be in line for a big day against the Aztecs and he'll get every opportunity to show off his skills to scouts. (4th round)
NFL Prospects:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Ryan Lindley San Diego St. QB Sr. 6'3 232 lbs
Has pro-style offense familiarity. Great arm strength. Not the most accurate. He's a tough competitor, but some questions about whether he can come through in the clutch. Has a little bit of a gunslinger label. (Mid to late rounds)
Sleepers:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Miles Burris San Diego St. OLB Sr. 6'2 241 lbs
Senior leader that has the build of an ILB for the Chargers if they stay in the 3-4. (UDFA)
Brian Stahovich San Diego St. P Sr. 5'11 293 lbs
Had some solid years punting for the Aztecs. (UDFA)
Jerome Long San Diego St. DT Sr. 6'3 282 lbs
The top DL for the Aztecs. Has made a lot of big plays this year in what is just a 3 man front. (UDFA)
Lavon Brazill Ohio WR Sr. 5'10 187 lbs
Top WR prospect playing today. Undersized, could be a slot guy. (Late Rounds)
Noah Keller Ohio ILB Sr. 6'0 245 lbs
Defensive leader that picks up most of the tackles for his defense. Will that translate though? (UDFA)
Bobby Wagner Utah St. ILB Sr. 6'0 233 lbs
Defensive leader in a 3-4 defense. (UDFA)
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