18. San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado. Solder is one of the tougher prospects to get a read on – some scouts love his talent and upside, others think he’s soft and not ready to play. San Diego’s pass-first offense would allow Solder to grow as a player while starting right away at right tackle.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and Chargers president Dean Spanos rarely meet to discuss the team’s desire for a new stadium. They’re busy. The wish is well known, and it’s something their staffs talk about frequently.
San Diego has to be closely watching the receiver class as well. If Floyd leaves, the Chargers will need a receiver. Rice could be a very interesting fit if the Chargers (who recently put the franchise tag on Vincent Jackson) if they want to spend big money. I can see the Chargers adding at the position (perhaps early in the draft) even if Floyd is re-signed. Keeping Floyd may have gotten easier now that Rice has joined the free-agent class. Rice will likely be more sought after than Floyd, so it the Chargers may have an easier time keeping him if they don’t decide to make a push for Rice.