Breaking down draft-day game plans

Updated: April 20, 2004, 5:34 PM ET
By By Scouts, Inc. | For ESPN Insider
Every NFL team goes into the draft with a to-do list based on their team's needs, their draft position and their willingness to trade up or down. Our scouts have been doing their homework and, with the draft less than two weeks away, present an early look at the most likely scenarios each team will face on draft day (listed in order of first-round selection):

San Diego Chargers
Day 1 Picks: 1st overall (first round); 35th (second round); 66th (third round).
First-Round Priorities:

  • Trade down to a spot where they still can get one of the top three QBs
  • Ole Miss QB Eli Manning
  • Pittsburgh WR Larry Fitzgerald
  • Iowa OT Robert Gallery
    First Round Outlook/Trade Scenarios:
    As it stands right now, the Chargers still would like to trade this pick to another team drafting in the top-10 in order to acquire extra picks and still draft one of the top quarterbacks -- Manning, Miami of Ohio's Ben Roethlisberger and N.C. State's Philip Rivers. However, teams that were considering making the move to the No. 1 spot -- including the Giants, Redskins and Browns -- have been turned off by the Chargers' demands, as well as their seemingly "sleazy" use of the media to create the impression there is more interest in the pick than actually exists.

    If they were to pull off a last-minute deal with the Giants, don't be surprised if they make a second trade down, too. From what we've been told, the Chargers have had talks with the Browns at No. 7 on the outside chance they actually get a deal done to move down to No. 4. If the Giants take Manning at No. 1 following a trade, there's a good chance Gallery still will be on the board at No. 4. If that's the case, the Chargers could acquire another pick -- or WR Dennis Northcutt -- while still getting a top quarterback such as Roethlisberger or Rivers at No. 7.

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