Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

BW: In my latest mock draft I have Illinois’ pass-rusher Whitney Mercilus going to the Chargers in the first; that area is San Diego’s biggest need. If Mercilus, and the other top pass-rushers are off the board and Perry, Smith, Kuechly and DeCastro are still available, the Chargers would be in a great spot because all are terrific players. Kuechly and DeCastro would be the best value picks and Perry and Smith would fill the biggest holes. But, in that instance I think DeCastro could be the choice because of the combination of value and need.

What stays the same is the Chargers. While general manager A.J. Smith received bouquets and backslaps for the players he added through free agency, a closer look begs the question: In what area are the Chargers better than when the season ended?

Turning 33 in June, Tomlinson has generated little to no interest around the league. Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith has already publicly confirmed Tomlinson won’t be returning to San Diego.