San Diego Chargers Daily Links: April 23, 2013

Harry How

Your daily dose of San Diego Chargers news & notes from around the web.

Greg Cosell’s mock draft: Picks 1-16 - Greg Cosell
The best combination of size, speed and athleticism at linebacker in this draft is Georgia's Alec Ogletree. He has no athletic limitations -- he’s field-fast with sideline-to-sideline range and speed. He consistently showed explosive traits both as a run defender and in pass coverage. The concern is play recognition, or what most refer to as instincts. He needs to become quicker and more decisive with his reactions, especially in the run game.

All "Day 3" Team, 2008-2012 - Gordon McGuinness
With a name that matches his size, King Dunlap has seen time at both left and right tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles. His play has generally been good, but he stepped up in a big way to fill in at left tackle last season in the most action he has seen in his career. That season convinced the San Diego Chargers Dunlap was worth a chunk of their free agency cash in the hope he can help settle Philip Rivers’ nerves.

Playmaker Score 2013 - Vince Verhei
Why the dearth of quality wideouts? For starters, there's not a physical freak in the class like Julio Jones or Calvin Johnson, a guy whose raw athletic gifts jump off the page. The fastest players in this group in the 40-yard dash (Tavon Austin and Kenny Stills) were both below average in vertical leap, while the best leaper (Justin Hunter) was just average in the 40.

2013 Defensive Prototypes: Secondary - Sam Monson
The prototype for this player therefore comes in the form of one of the smartest safeties in the game, Eric Weddle from the Chargers. Though his team runs a full spectrum of coverages, and is not strictly a Cover-2 team, Weddle is exactly what a team playing that defense would look for. He is athletic, disciplined, strong against the run, and smart enough to stick to his assignment and trust the scheme. He makes more plays by being in the right place at the right time than by freelancing and trusting his athleticism.

Recapping Last Week's Mini Camp - Ricky Henne (VIDEO)
The San Diego Chargers players, coaches and front office members had April 16 circled on their calendar for the last three months. That’s because it marked the first time the team would hit the fields here at Chargers Park under Head Coach Mike McCoy for a three day mini camp. Here are some highlights from last week.

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