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Morning links: Small schools, big dreams

Good morning. ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha profiles a couple small-school prospects in this year’s draft who are hoping to make a big impact once they reach the NFL. They are University of Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack and Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir.

The San Diego Chargers, in need of help at cornerback, could be interested in Desir, who finished with 25 career interceptions during his college career. At 6-foot-1 and 198 pounds, Desir fits the profile of a long, rangy cornerback like the Seattle Seahawks had success with against the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that San Diego’s offensive line situation could be fuzzy, with the five of the eight players up front having contracts that expire at the end of the upcoming season.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com profiles Missouri defensive end Koney Ealy.

Mike Costa and Judson Richards of Xtra 1360 AM radio talk with Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network about the Chargers and the upcoming draft in this audio link. Brooks says San Diego wants to get back to playing more physical press coverage at cornerback, and believes Ohio State’s Bradley Roby or Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller would be good fits.

Matt Waldman of Football Outsiders believes Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald will be a star in the NFL.

Andrew Lawrence of Sports Illustrated examines what he considered the real NFL fantasy football, fringe prospects and long shots to make the league working out at the NFL regional scouting combines.