San Diego Chargers Daily Links: April 3, 2012

NFL Blog Network mock draft - Mike Sando
Analysis: Mercilus is the best pass-rusher on the board at No. 18 and the Chargers would be happy to take him. He could be a slight over-draft, but he has big-league potential. (Bill Williamson)

Saints fans anger horribly misdirected - Mike Freeman
This is all on Payton but because Payton is viewed as a savior by Saints fans and because Bountygate taints the franchise Saints fans need to blame someone, anyone other than the culprits themselves.

Shaun Phillips, Hope Solo work together on charity - Lynn Hoppes
The athletes, starting Monday, will ask their fans, "How can I give back to our community?" Fans will then have the chance to submit local charities and causes for the hometown hero to support. Popchips wiill accept submissions on its website here, and the athlete will choose the winning idea.

Todd McShay high on two potential Chargers - Bill Williamson
Here are McShay’s thoughts on Merculis: "He was relentless as a pass rusher, all over the place, flying around the field. I don't think he's an elite athlete, but he certainly has the combination of size at 6-foot-3 1/2, 261 pounds, and the burst you look for to get after the quarterback.

Timetable slips for Chargers stadium plan - Matthew T. Hall
First, it was the Chargers’ playoff hopes that slipped. Now, it’s the completion date for a financing plan for a new Chargers stadium.

Ex-NFL QB Ryan Leaf arrested 2nd time - Matt Volz
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested again Monday, just days after he posted bail on similar charges that he burglarized a home and stole prescription drugs, authorities said.

2012 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 18 - Dan Kadar
As the draft approaches, this is a pick that is starting to gain momentum. At his pro day workout, Barron answered questions about his athleticism and health. So now it comes down to how General Manager A.J. Smith has his board set. Is there a pass rusher out there more highly rated than Barron (particularly in this mock scenario)? Will he go against his draft history and take an offensive lineman in the first round? If the answer to both questions is "no," then Barron is a good, logical pick. He's an all-around corner with experience playing near the box and dropping in coverage. In a league that is utilizing the tight end more, Barron could be a weapon on defense.

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