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Morning links: Trade pivot points

5/3/2014

Good morning. In this ESPN Insider pieceInsider, former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian identifies some trade pivot points in the first round of this year’s draft.

We theorized that the San Diego Chargers could potentially be at a trade pivot point at No. 25, particularly if the Cleveland Browns, who hold the No. 26 pick, do not get their quarterback earlier in the draft at No. 4.

However, Polian believes teams that need a quarterback and do not get their guy early in the draft will look to trade back to No. 18 (New York Jets) or No. 19 (Miami Dolphins).

Polian: “Yes, Tennessee has a need under center, but would the Titans pass on [Darqueze] Dennard, who can fill another key need, to latch on to what could be the third QB off the board, perhaps Teddy Bridgewater or Derek Carr? It’s more likely the Titans will take the best player available. That makes the Arizona Cardinals, at No. 20, the next most likely team targeting a signal-caller. If you want to make sure you get the top QB left on your board, you’re going to need to get ahead of the Cardinals.”

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com checks in with cornerback Steve Williams, a fifth-round pick in 2013. The Cal product missed all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle, but said he’s ready to contribute in 2014.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego writes that nose tackles are a big piece of the puzzle for teams looking to make the Super Bowl.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego talks with draft analyst Mike Mayock of the NFL Network, who believes the Chargers are praying for a cornerback at No. 25.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com has the Chargers selecting Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby (25), Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix (57), South Carolina receiver Bruce Ellington (89) and Alabama outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard (125) in his four-round mock draft.

Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders provides a report on the offensive players with the most broken tackles in 2013. Running back Donald Brown and receiver Keenan Allen are ranked among the highest in terms of broken tackles at their position, while Ryan Mathews is ranked among the lowest at his position.

John Glennon of The Tennessean writes that former Chargers quarterback Charlie Whitehursst is staying in a log cabin during offseason work for the Titans.