By John Ulecka @johnnyu9322 on March 29, 2014
Equipped with a new coach Mike McCoy, the Chargers built upon a rough start to end the year with a playoff spot. The 9-7 Chargers are not far from contending and there are a few players in the upcoming draft to help San Diego.
San Diego have two aging guards in Chad Rinehart and Jeromey Clary, and one of them could be cut. Clary is the obvious choice with his 6.8 million cap hit and age (32). Yankey brings the Chargers versatility to play both the guard and tackle positions. Yankey is highly intelligent and has the awareness to contain NFL DL.
Kyle Fuller is a rising prospect and the cornerback would provide much needed depth for the Chargers. San Diego released Derek Cox and Fuller can contribute right away for a team who plays in tough AFC West. He possesses a physical demeanor and plays with great energy to create turnovers.
Trading up for Lewan would provide San Diego with two cornerstone offensive tackles for many years. Last year's first-rounder D.J. Fluker played well toward the end of the year. The Chargers have had their OT issues over the past few seasons and to get two reliable guys in recent years would bode well for San Diego.
Bradley Roby was considered best CB last year but his stock dropped a bit this year, but at 25th overall, he is a value here. Roby has the speed (4.39 40-yard dash) and plays well in tight coverage. San Diego is looking for a top-notch corner to play versus the quality wideouts in this division (Demaryius Thomas, Dwayne Bowe, James Jones and Wes Welker).
The recent departure of NT Cam Thomas to Pittsburgh has left a hole for San Diego to fill. Louis Nix III is a massive man (6-foot-2, 331 pounds) who could fill that void that hasn't been filled since Jamal Williams clogged the middle. Nix brings his enormous body which he uses so well with his agile footwork and ability to change directions.
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