The San Diego Union Tribune looks at whether or not the Chargers would move up from No. 18 for the right player. Perhaps that player is Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt. He has been moving up draft boards and could be a top 10-12 pick. San Diego general manager A.J. Smith was at his pro day.
Smith has extra picks in the second and third rounds. He told me last week he is not sure what he is going to do with the picks, but he is pleased that he has options. Smith has been known to move up in the draft as he did for running back Ryan Mathews last year. Smith moved up 16 spots to get Mathews. I could see the same thing happening this year. As for Watt, he is a fine prospect who’d fill a need for the Chargers.
I think if Smith falls for the right player -- I know he’s studying pass-rushers hard -- a trade up could happen.
Denver’s Pat Bowlen and San Diego’s Dean Spanos were part of Thursday’s labor talks. Kansas City’s Clark Hunt was involved earlier in the week.
In an Insider piece, Bill Barnwell looks at the speed of the running backs in this year’s draft class. He is high on Oklahoma’s DeMarco Murray. Denver is one of the teams that have a pre-draft visit setup with him.