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Morning links: Pass-catchers wanted

3/27/2014

Good morning. In this ESPN Insider pieceInsider, ESPN draft gurus Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay review the top receiver prospects in this year’s draft. Receiver could be a target for the San Diego Chargers early in this year’s draft, as the team looks to add another playmaker opposite Keenan Allen.

Both analysts agree Clemson’s Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans of Texas A&M are the top two receivers in this year’s draft.

But they disagree on the top 10 after those two. Kiper Jr. has Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham and Marquise Lee completing his top five, while McShay ranks Beckham at No. 3, Cooks at No. 4 and Lee at No. 5.

McShay points to Clemson’s Martavis Bryant as a potential sleeper pick, while Kiper Jr. likes Oklahoma’s Jalen Saunders and John Brown of Pittsburg State as late-round steals.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego writes that the Chargers have an advantage over other AFC West teams with the stability they have created on the offensive line. All five projected starters from 2013 are expected back in 2014.

Jordan Beane and Sam Davis of Chargers.com review the rule changes that passed during the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla., this week.

Neil Paine of Fivethirtyeight.com takes on Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s claim that safety issues will result in the demise of football and points to research that suggests economics and other factors might be more to blame than injury fears. Good read.

Matt Waldman of Football Outsiders takes a closer look at a draft prospect who might makes some sense for the Chargers, Wake Forest receiver Michael Campanaro.

According to Pro Football Focus, Danny Woodhead only had three drops on 79 catchable balls last season.