San Diego Chargers Daily Links: February 27, 2012

Will Chargers find their own Von Miller? - Bill Williamson
The South Carolina pass-rusher will likely be one of the players the San Diego Chargers seriously consider taking with the No. 18 pick in the NFL draft. The All-American appears to be a perfect fit for the Chargers.

Talking with Todd McShay - Bill Williamson
McShay thinks South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram will be gone when the Chargers pick, but that Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw may be available. McShay is not sure Upshaw will be an instant, dynamic pass-rusher. But because Upshaw is such a strong power rusher, McShay said, he would help the Chargers immediately — an NFL-ready linebacker who has a big upside.

Chargers could look at one-year wonder - Bill Williamson
Don’t be shocked if the Chargers are the team to give Mercilus that chance. He would fill one of their greatest needs. And indeed, Mercilus said the Chargers are among the the teams showing the most interest in him.

Two Minutes of Hate: Off Season San Diego Chargers Fans - Richard Wade
Hello readers. Welcome back to your weekly dose of the two H's*: hate and (on occasion) humor. If you're reading this, there are several assumptions we can make about you:

DeSean Jackson in the AFC West? - Bill Williamson
If No. 1 receiver Vincent Jackson leaves in free agency (the Chargers likely won’t give him the franchise tag, but they would like to sign him on the open market), they could be interested in DeSean Jackson. There will be several receivers on the open market, so the Chargers might opt not to give up a premium pick for a receiver. But if Vincent Jackson leaves, there’s no doubt the game-breaking DeSean Jackson would fit in with the Chargers on offense and on special teams.

Smith reveals offensive priorities around Rivers - Christopher Smith
San Diego General Manager A.J. Smith feels a consistent offensive line is the most important piece of the Chargers’ offense around Philip Rivers, followed by a good running game and then a stable of pass-catchers.

Chargers need to improve depth - Christopher Smith
General Manager A.J. Smith feels the back end of the roster was not strong enough in 2011. Head Coach Norv Turner believes developing younger players already on the roster is the biggest priority of the offseason.

SDSU's Hillman adds bulk for NFL - Christopher Smith
One of the Aztecs’ most dynamic players in years wants to prove he has the size and durability to be productive in the NFL.

San Diego mindful as ever of injury history - Christopher Smith
The Chargers traditionally have invested resources investigating the medical background of college prospects. The team believes it’s important to avoid mistakes this year after back-to-back seasons affected by injuries.

Ranking the 2012 Free Agents: Interior Defensive-Line - Bryan Hall
Garay is another player who probably would’ve been better off had he hit free agency after the 2010 season (+15.8 run grade, +12.3 pass rush grade) as he, like much of the Chargers defense, dipped in 2011 (+1.5 run grade, +7.3 pass rush grade.) Consistency against the run was a problem this year where really impressive performances against the Patriots, Bears, and Raiders in the finale (+8.7 combined in those three games) were offset by stinkers against the Dolphins, Jets and Ravens (-8.5 combined).

Hillman tears up 40, Lindley happy with progress - Kevin Acee
Ronnie Hillman proved himself right. He hasn’t lost any speed even as he’s bulked up. San Diego State’s third all-time leading rusher probably even got a little faster, as he covered 40 yards in 4.45 seconds on Sunday at the NFL Combine.

Chargers among teams searching shallow TE pool - Kevin Acee
It’s been three decades since Kellen Winslow took the tight end position to a new level and almost 10 years since Antonio Gates put away the basketball and further revolutionized the definition of a premiere tight end.

Spikes not going anywhere - Kevin Acee
The Chargers believe Donald Butler is on the verge of being a star and have Jonas Mouton, a second-round pick in 2011 who spent his rookie season on injured reserve, ready to contribute. And they’re in the market for another inside linebacker to put in their rotation.

Nothing really new after Chargers, Jackson's agents meet - Kevin Acee
The Chargers are believed to be willing to pay Jackson between $10-11 million annually on a five-year deal, but they are inclined to let the market be set by others. Jackson is expected to receive more in offers from other teams.

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