“It’s unique,” San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said here from the league meetings. “We’ve always said we’re going to make X-amount of changes. We’ll keep some guys and we’ll lose some others. But this year we don’t know the rules. So what do we know? We know there will be a draft. So we focus on that.”
If Cameron Heyward would fall to the Chargers in the second round, it would be a steal. The former Buckeye would have easily been a top-20 pick if he entered the draft after last year, but after a subpar season, JJ Watt from Wisconsin and Nick Fairley from Auburn among others have surpassed him on draft boards.
The Chargers have the 18th, 50th, 61st, 82nd and 89th picks this year. That, along with next year’s picks (which Belichick always seems to like to stockpile) gives the Chargers the ability to target a player at No. 28 and go for it. Smith also has a history of doing that.