So after watching the NFL Combine (and seeing all the releases that have been made this year), my draft board has changed quite a bit. Of course, this is still pending signings and other personnel moves, but here's how it is as of right now.
Round 1 (#18 overall): Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia
For several weeks now, I've been maintaining that the Chargers will still take a pass rusher in the first and address their offensive line needs later, but with Kris Dielman retiring and no immediate successor, I think you need to take Glenn here. Nicks and Grubbs will be too expensive, David DeCastro won't slip past the teams in front of us, and the top-notch pass rushers have been climbing up boards out of our reach (Perry, Coples, and Ingram specifically; Upshaw and Mercilus have significant bust potential based on how raw they are and the scheme transition). Glenn will push for a chance to start at left guard and left tackle (if Gaither is not re-signed). Even if Green/Schilling and Gaither have those spots locked down by the time camp breaks, he could at least compete to take Clary's job.
Previous pick: Nick Perry, OLB, Southern California
Round 2 (#50 overall): Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State
If we still need a pass rusher, we could do worse in the second than McClellin. He's got good size to play 3-4 OLB (he goes 6'3" and about 260 pounds), an incredible motor, good acceleration and excellent speed (ran a 4.63 at the Combine), and fights off blocks well. He's also quite good in coverage. This pick could also go to a guy like Vinny Curry, but I gave McClellin the edge due to his superior athleticism. He's been rocketing up some draft boards thanks to his strong showing in Indianapolis; other prognosticators are not so enthused, but I think he's got the tools to be worth the selection.
Previous pick: Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina
Round 3 (#82 overall): Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama
He's not quite Terrence Cody, but Chapman is a solid brick of a nose tackle who will be good at occupying blockers and collapsing the pocket, and he can help alleviate the loss of Luis Castillo's clogging presence (and/or that of Antonio Garay, should he not be re-signed either). There are rumblings that he might be a two-down player, which I don't like to hear, but he should be impactful as a rotational guy in his first year.
Previous pick: Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
Round 4 (#114 overall): Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette
A big, athletic pass-catching tight end who is very much in the Antonio Gates mold. Many San Diegans will remember him as the guy who abused SDSU's defense in the New Orleans Bowl this year, and I think he'd make a stellar red-zone target for El Capitan. His blocking needs work, but he could step in as a receiver right away and take over for Randy McMichael.
Previous pick: Evan Rodriguez, FB/TE, Temple
Round 5 (#146 overall): Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State
Hillman's name has been tossed about here quite a bit, and I think he'd be a good piece to pick up. Mike Tolbert and Jacob Hester are both free agents, and it seems like the former will hit the open market rather than be re-signed, so we'll need another back to spell Mathews. Hillman is more in the Sproles mold than the Tolbert mold, as an elusive guy. However, it was noted at the Combine that he had put on weight, and it appears that he lost no speed in doing so. If he's able to pack on a bit more muscle and work between the tackles, he could develop into an excellent #2 back.
Previous pick: Ryan Miller, T, Colorado
Round 6 (#178 overall): Miles Burris, LB, San Diego State
Another Aztec. I'd like to pick up another young linebacker to be developed, and Burris is a high-floor/low-ceiling guy. He'll probably never be a Pro Bowler, and as of right now, he's vulnerable to the pass, but he can play inside or outside 'backer (in theory-- might be a little undersized for a 3-4), and he plays with hustle and possesses excellent strength and speed.
Previous pick: Gary Joe Kinne, QB, Tulsa
Round 7 (#210 overall): Gary Joe Kinne, QB, Tulsa
I still like Kinne, but I think he's more likely to be there in the 7th than Burris. If not him, keep an eye out for Dan Persa (Northwestern) or Chandler Harnish (Northern Illinois). All three are tough, gutsy, maybe-a-bit-too-short quarterbacks who find ways to win and get the ball to their receivers reliably.
Josh Chichester, TE/WR, Louisville: Doesn't have great stats and is not a blocking tight end by any stretch of the imagination, but led the Cardinals in receiving touchdowns this past season, is a significant vertical threat, and he'd immediately be one of the tallest receivers in the league at 6'8". Can't overstate the bit about his height-- can you imagine Rivers playing pitch-and-catch with that guy in the red zone?
Vaughn Meatoga, DL, Hawaii: You can never have too many defensive ends. Meatoga is a stronger guy who will probably end up as an end in the Chargers' scheme, but his motor never stops and he's got enough short-area quickness to beat guys on his own and get to the ball carrier when he finds himself in the backfield. May or may not command double teams at the pro level, but he's certainly worth a tryout.
Ifeanyi Momah, WR, Boston College: A guy I love. Why? I'll just quote the NFP review on him:
Loves to get after it in the run game as a run blocker. Generates a pop into contact, loves to pick off defenders at the second level and has a real physical element to his game. Will play as a rush DE in nickel situations for the defense and brings a defensive type mentality as a blocker.
He's also very big for a wideout (six foot six). Good acceleration, doesn't have the best flat-out speed, but uses his burst and his shiftiness to evade coverage and get off of jams. Can still be a vertical threat of the same caliber as Jackson or Floyd, but he'll take a bit of grooming.
Dan Minamide, DB, Harvard: A sentimental pick-- his dad was my science teacher for two years, and Dan is a pretty cool guy himself-- but he's a gamer. Similar size to Eric Weddle (5'11", 190), terrific athleticism (as an option QB at San Pasqual HS he put up incredibly gaudy stats and lettered in four sports), a nose for the ball (consistently one of the Crimson's leading tacklers), and experience lining up anywhere in the defensive backfield. He also returns kicks. I wouldn't bet against him, and as we could use a safety anyways, it would be interesting to see him come into camp.