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Morning Links: Combine primer

2/19/2014

Good Morning. In this ESPN Insider piece, draft gurus Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay get you ready for this week’s NFL scouting combine. The first day of player availability for the media is Thursday. General manager Tom Telesco is tentatively scheduled to talk with reporters on Thursday at 12:30 p.m Eastern Time.

Kiper provides his top five big questions for teams and players entering the combine, while McShay highlights some players who have the best chance of turning in the top 40-yard times in Indianapolis. Cornerbacks San Diego might consider that could be in that conversation include Florida’s Loucheiz Purifoy and Ohio State’s Bradley Roby.

Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post offers a glowing evaluation of Roby, saying he can be a starter at cornerback for an NFL team in his rookie season.

Andrew Brandt writing for Sports Illustrated gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what happens at the combine.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports offers a plan to overhaul the franchise tag system to fit the positions players actually play in the new NFL, including hybrid tight ends like Jimmy Graham.

Scott Kaplan and Bill Ray Smith talk with San Diego mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer about the possibility of getting a new stadium built for the San Diego Chargers in this audio link. Faulconer said he’s willing to work with the team on a project, as long as it protects tax payers. “The Chargers are important for this city,” Faulconer said. “They are important to the region. And I’m confident that we can work together, figure out a package that makes sense and protects us from a tax payer’s standpoint -- if we can do that we’re going to be in business.”

Rick Drummond of Pro Football Focus takes a closer look at the Chargers’ roster as the organization looks to upgrade talent this offseason. Drummond says that Eric Weddle is the only elite player on the roster.

John Breech of CBS Sports offers his offseason preview of the Chargers.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego completes his spin through the top 22 players of the 2013 season for the Chargers, with Philip Rivers at No. 1.

Jake Hefner of Bolt Beat believes small school cornerback prospect Pierre Desir could be a fit for the Chargers.