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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: April 12, 2012

CHICAGO, IL: Jacob Hester #22 of the San Diego Chargers runs during the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL: Jacob Hester #22 of the San Diego Chargers runs during the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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With The Eighteenth Pick In The 2012 BRB Mock Draft, The San Diego Chargers Select... - MDC
Shea McClellin - Hmmm... Now here's a guy who has production all over the D-line, can drop back, has excellent film, excellent use of hands, and would be a starter day one. So with the 18th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft the San Diego Chargers select SHEA MCLELLIN, OLB, BOISE STATE.

ROTB Community Mock Draft, Pick 18: The San Diego Chargers Select... - Jess Root
Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia. After the retirement of guard Kris Dielman and the release of left tackle Marcus McNeil, the Chargers' offensive line is going through changes. Glenn is a swing guy, meaning he's played both guard and tackle in college, but at 6-5 345 he's probably a better fit for guard. He manhandles defenders on the run and is very good in pass protection which fits perfect for the pass-first offense in San Diego.

Interactive Mock Draft – With the 18th pick, the Chargers select… - Mr. East
Drew Butler’s the pick, and I’m sticking to it. As GM of the Chargers, it’s my duty to improve the team the best way I seem fit. Screw SD.

Draft History: Safeties - Christopher Smith
As we begin our preview of the safeties available in the 2012 NFL Draft, here’s a look at players the Chargers have drafted at the position.

Hester, Henderson face deadlines - Kevin Acee & Michael Gehlken
The source said an ultimatum also stands for offensive tackle Mario Henderson, who worked out for the Chargers last week and even announced on Facebook he would be joining the team. Henderson has until the weekend to decide whether he wants to sign with the Chargers.

Q&A with draft analyst Nawrocki - PFW Staff
To me, (Alabama’s) Courtney Upshaw fits what they do well. If you look at the acquisition they made in free agency with Jarret Johnson, coming from Baltimore where he was very successful leveraging the edge and playing with power, I think his tenacity and his competitiveness are really what made him stand out. The Chargers added him to the equation, and if you’re looking for a bulldog with leverage and power, Upshaw fits that mold. I don’t know if he’s as safe a pick as A.J. Smith would prefer.

Cosell Talks: Diamonds in the Rough - Greg Cosell
Shea McClellin: He played both with his hand on the ground at DE, and standing up at LB in Boise State’s defense. What I liked immediately was his lateral agility and quickness. He showed the ability to get low and bend the edge as a pass rusher. He also had an instinctive feel as an inside rusher for getting skinny and getting through small cracks. He shed blocks and made plays in the run game. He was a smooth change-of-direction athlete with excellent balance and body control.

How A.J. Smith got his groove back - Gregg Rosenthal
The Chargers were able to keep a lot of core players without spending too much. Defensive end Luis Castillo, defensive tackle Antonio Garay, center Nick Hardwick and tight end Randy McMichael were among the veterans to return at low prices. Smith fortified Philip Rivers' protection.