STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 12: Linebacker Dont'a Hightower #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide hits quarterback Tyler Russell #17 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs as he throws a pass in the third quarter on November 12, 2011 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
Remember three weeks ago, when I gave you the list of NFL draftees that the San Diego Chargers had met with and everyone was disgusted that A.J. Smith wasn't meeting with potential first-round linebackers? Well, your wish is apparently A.J.'s command.
The updated list now includes potential first-round draft picks Dont'a Hightower and Melvin Ingram, as well as potential second-round draft pick Bobby Wagner.
Wagner played 3-4 Inside Linebacker in college and would do the same in the NFL. Melvin Ingram is viewed by many as the best pass-rushing prospect in the draft, but the Chargers would have to move up to get him because he won't be available at pick 18. Perhaps they're just doing research in case someone wants to move down from the first 10 picks.
Dont'a Hightower played 4-3 MLB and OLB for the University of Alabama and is viewed as a tough, nasty defensive leader. He would probably work best as an ILB in the Chargers' 3-4 defense, maybe as a replacement for Takeo Spikes, which isn't really a need.
With A.J. Smith, you can never say "He wouldn't draft that guy", but both of these linebackers visiting San Diego seems more like a smokescreen than anything else.