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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
With LT settled, what do Chargers do at No. 16?

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

With the San Diego Chargers agreeing to a new deal with LaDainian Tomlinson on Tuesday night, the team will likely not take a running back in the first round of the draft.

The Chargers are still interested in taking Tomlinson's eventual replacement, but there is no rush. Plus, with Tomlinson and backup Darren Sproles both on the books for more than $6 million apiece, it is doubtful the Chargers will invest first-round money in another tailback this year. San Diego has other needs.

Here is a look at some of the players who could intrigue the Chargers in the first round. San Diego has the No. 16 pick:

USC linebacker Brian Cushing: The Chargers have a need at linebacker. Cushing will likely be taken right around where the Chargers select. He could be the impact player defensive coordinator Ron Rivera is looking for.

LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson: If the Chargers want to fill a hole on the defensive line, the athletic Jackson could be the ticket.

Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis: He likely won't be the top choice but if the Chargers are bent on taking a linebacker and Laurinaitis is the best available, he could be the choice.

USC linebacker Rey Maualuga: If Maualuga is on the board, he could be staying in Southern California. He is an impact player who would fit in with the Chargers very well.

Mississippi tackle Michael Oher: If other top San Diego targets weren't on the board, and Oher slipped down the board, he could be a good bargain and the team could use him at right tackle or as injury insurance for left tackle Marcus McNeill.