October 08, 2011; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide safety Mark Barron (4) warms up before the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama won 34-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE

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For what it’s worth, I heard the rumblings a couple of times, too. Barron looks likely to go in the 12-to-16 range in the first round, meaning that there isn’t much of a chance he will be around when the Chargers draft at No. 18. A trade up could cost a third-round pick and the No. 18 pick or a similar package.

Chargers general manager A.J. Smith even said as much in an interview in January, when he was scouting pass rushers, a position that the team may look at when it has the No. 18 pick in the first round Thursday from Radio City Music Hall.

The newspaper reported that one of the strategies discussed by the team includes trading for a higher pick in order to take Barron.

Looking at the Chargers heading into this week’s NFL Draft, there are opportunities to upgrade the roster at the offensive tackle position and by adding a rush linebacker in the 3-4 front. Along with possibilities at safety and DE, here are the prospects we feel best fit the Chargers.

“I sat next to him because I know he’s been here for the longest,” Meachem said of Floyd, who’s entering his ninth year with the team. “Just try to learn as much as I can. Be like a sponge right now so that I can understand and adjust to the new team and the atmosphere of it.”

As of Monday, the San Diego Chargers are still working out their strategy for the NFL Draft this week according to Jimmy Raye Chargers Director of Player Personnel.

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