San Diego Chargers Daily Links: May 1, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA: Freesafety Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers goes up for an inteception against the Miami Dolphins during their NFL Game at Qualcomm Stadium in San DIego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Where they stand - Bill Williamson
The Chargers drafted the intriguing Edwin Baker in the seventh round. Baker slipped down the draft and he has potential. But I’m not sure he is ready to be a top backup. San Diego still might bring in a veteran.

Names to know in the AFC - Todd McShay (Insider)
Impact pick: S Brandon Taylor (third) -- He should get a chance to push Atari Bigby for a starting spot alongside Eric Weddle, and Taylor's solid all-around game could allow him to win the job. He isn't a top-shelf man-coverage safety, but Taylor has adequate range in zone and is a physical presence when the ball is in the air. He will also come up hard in run support.

Chargers draft at a glance - Christopher Smith
The Chargers added seven players during this weekend’s NFL draft. Take a look at what they may bring to the roster.

PFF Top 101 of 2011: 70 to 61 - Pro Football Focus
Weddle has been so good for so long that it’s about time everyone just accepted he’s an elite safety that earned his big contract from the Chargers. The free safety finished the year with seven interceptions to go with four pass deflections and was responsible for only 110 receiving yards given up while in coverage. His work in the run game didn’t stand out quite as much, but he still earned a positive grade. A fine player perfectly positioned to take over the mantle of the league’s top safety as others get older and begin to regress.

A.J. Smith loves his new dinosaur - Kevin Acee
Said Smith: "I think Melvin will have the same problem Tyrannosaurus Rex had millions of years ago."

Chargers rookie likely out for season - Michael Gehlken
It is almost certain the Penn State guard will miss his entire rookie season due to pre-existing medical issues. The Chargers were privy to his recent pectoral surgery and a lingering knee injury when making him the No. 149 pick in the draft.

'Excited' Gates expects return to form - Michael Gehlken
At last, the most frustrating period of the All-Pro's career may finally be behind him. Gates has been a full participant in the Chargers' voluntary workout program, running and lifting with teammates for about the past week.

Cosell Tweets: Round 2 of the NFL Draft : NFL Films Blog
Chargers focused on defense: Ingram + Reyes. 2 guys with position + scheme versatility. Reyes very athletic. Must become better pass rusher.

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