Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

“I think the offensive line would probably be my first concern right now,” Spanos told the team’s official website. “The left side of the line with Marcus McNeill and Kris Dielman coming off major injuries, that would be my first concern. And secondly, I really think we need to go look at a potentially big-time pass rusher/outside linebacker.”

SAN DIEGO — Nick Hardwick isn’t done playing football. The veteran center contemplated retirement near the end of a tiresome 2011 campaign that ended just short of the postseason with a 8-8 record.

The USC Trojans have had 15 first-round picks in the NFL draft over the last 10 years, and the 2012 draft figures to add two more to that list. All-American left tackle Matt Kalil will likely be a top five pick, and he is expected to be joined in the first round by a fellow junior, defensive end Nick Perry. In the latest 2012 NFL mock draft at SB Nation, Perry is projected to be picked 18th by the San Diego Chargers.

All the stadium stories you missed since my last roundup while you were wondering why New York has all the luck.

“That let me know right there,” Hardwick said. ” … I feel great. I’ve been training my butt off since then. I’m ready to have my best season yet.”

SAN DIEGO – A Pro Bowl running back, a game-changing linebacker, a special teams ace and a solid rotational defensive lineman is not a bad haul.

The 30-year-old Hardwick, scheduled to be a free agent, raised questions about his future late in the season when he said he was considering retirement. He told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he hopes to re-sign with the Chargers.

I think Brown is the replacement for Malcom Floyd in a year or two, but definitely not a replacement for Vincent Jackson now. For as good as his moves and hands are, Brown doesn’t have Jackson’s size or speed and wouldn’t do much against #1 CBs around the league. Not to mention, there’s not much depth after brown in the San Diego Chargers WR group. They’d need to bring in a FA or a high draft pick to replace Jackson.