Morning Links: Bolts ready for stadium talk

Bernie Wilson of The Associated Press reports that with San Diego electing a new mayor in Republican Kevin Faulconer, the San Diego Chargers are ready to renew talks with the city.

Faulconer is not scheduled to officially take office until March. However, Mark Fabiani, the team’s point man on the stadium issue, told Wilson that after meeting with a ballot lawyer this week, the Chargers are likely looking at a city-wide special election in June 2015 to seek approval for a replacement for 70,000-seat Qualcomm Stadium.

“I think that because our issues are going to go to a vote, this is not going to be some kind of backroom deal that someone can characterize as a giveaway to downtown interests,” Fabiani told The Associated Press. “It potentially could be one of the most heavily campaigned issues in San Diego, maybe the most campaigned issue ever.”

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego ranks center Nick Hardwick No. 5 on his list of the Chargers' top 22 players for the 2013 season.

In this ESPN Insider piece, South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney remains atop ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay’s big board.

In this ESPN Insider piece, draft guru Mel Kiper’s offers his top 10 by position in this year’s draft. It’s worth a look.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated believes Donald Butler is the lone player in free agency the Chargers need to bring back.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has the Chargers selecting Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix at No. 25 in his latest mock draft.