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Morning links: Chargers' draft needs

4/22/2014

Good morning. The San Diego Chargers begin the offseason program this morning. The team is scheduled to have media availability Tuesday, so look for a report here from Chargers Park later this afternoon.

In this ESPN Insider pieceInsider, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. examines draft needs for every NFL team. Kiper identifies cornerback, nose tackle, receiver and outside linebacker as top needs for the Chargers.

ESPN’s Kevin Seifert takes a closer look at new helmet technology designed to reduce concussions. Interesting read.

I talked with Mike Costa and Judson Richards of Xtra Sports 1360 AM about San Diego’s draft needs and the stadium issue in this audio link.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with San Diego strength and conditioning coach Kent Johnston in this video. Johnston says part of the player’s focus this offseason will be on a newly designed injury prevention program.

More Henne: He profiles University of Nevada offensive lineman Joel Bitonio. Chargers general manager Tom Telesco should have some good info on Bitonio, with former high school and college teammate Brian Polian serving as coach at Nevada.

Michal Gehlken of U-T San Diego talks with Ryan Mathews and Seyi Ajirotutu, who have been working out at the beach in preparation of the beginning of San Diego’s offseason program.

Dan Sileo of The Mighty 1090 talks with Hall of Fame defensive back Ron Woodson about the Chargers in this audio link.

Charles Davis of the NFL Network gives the Chargers cornerback Kyle Fuller in his latest mock draft.

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight takes an interesting look at which cities sleep in, and which cities get to work early. According to the report, the median arrival time for work in San Diego is 7:51 a.m.