Morning links: Quick thinkers wanted

February, 25, 2014
Feb 25
10:10
AM ET
Good morning. The defensive backs are running and working out at the NFL scouting combine this morning in Indianapolis, and I will have post something on the better workouts later today.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego writes that new San Diego offensive coordinator Frank Reich is looking for quick thinkers at the scouting combine who can handle his team’s no-huddle offense. Reich calls quarterback Philip Rivers one of the smartest players on the football field on Sundays and is looking for football players with similar mental ability.

ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown takes a closer look at Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III, a possible fit for the Chargers at nose tackle in the team’s 3-4 scheme.

Darren Smith of the Mighty 1090 talks with San Diego center Nick Hardwick about his decision to return to the field in 2014 in this audio link.

Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post cycles through his evaluation of the top defensive line and linebacker prospects. Florida State’s Tim Jernigan and Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hagemen are two defensive tackle prospects to keep an eye on for San Diego.

Former NFL player Matt Bowen, writing for Bleacher Report, offers two more edge-rusher prospects who could make sense for the Chargers -- Montana outside linebacker Jordan Tripp and Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports offers eight under-the-radar free agents who could get more attention than expected. New York Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph could make some sense for San Diego.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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