Morning links: Chargers in spotlight

Good morning. Draft analyst Rob Rang of CBS Sports takes a closer look at the San Diego Chargers and the team’s positional needs heading into next month’s draft.

Rang identifies cornerback, outside linebacker, defensive tackle, offensive line and receiver as needs for San Diego. Though he believes the Chargers could draft as many as two cornerbacks in this year’s draft, Rang identifies Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix as a target for San Diego in the first round because of the lack of depth at the position in this year’s draft.

Rang also points to Utah outside linebacker Trevor Reilly, Florida cornerback Jaylen Watkins, Stanford offensive lineman David Yankey and Pittsburg State receiver John Brown as potential targets for San Diego.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with edge rusher Dwight Freeney, who expects to make more of an impact in 2014 after an injury shortened his 2013 season.

TCU cornerback Jason Verrett talks with Darren Smith of The Mighty 1090 in this audio link.

Kyle Posey of Bolts from the Blue evaluates Louisville pass-rusher Marcus Smith.

ESPN Broncos beat reporter Jeff Legwold writes that with the success of Seattle cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell, big cornerbacks are en vogue, but in short supply in this year’s draft. One of the reasons the Seahawks have had success with big cornerbacks is because of the scouting department’s ability to find players who have the measurables, and the coaching staff’s commitment to develop and play young players.

Brandon Stone of KUSI News talks with San Diego native Dillon Baxter about his workout with the Chargers in this video.

According to Pro Football Focus, new San Diego running back Donald Brown was the most elusive runner in the NFL in 2013.