The 2012 NFL Draft will be a huge stepping stone for the San Diego Chargers as they attempt to return to their winning ways after a bizarre 8-8 season. Other than Vincent Jackson, the Chargers aren't in danger of losing impact players to free agency, which is why they should have a relatively strong team in 2012.
The draft will merely provide the Chargers with an opportunity to fill positions lacking in production and add depth behind aging players. Filling holes will be a top priority in earlier rounds, while depth players will likely be selected in the later rounds.
General manager A.J. Smith has a fairly decent track record drafting productive players deep into the draft, so every pick will be an important one.
Fans will argue whether offense or defense is the most critical issue to address in this year's draft, but at the end of the day it doesn't necessarily matter as much as drafting players that will make the biggest impact on this team.
Here are 10 players who must not only be on the Chargers radar in the draft, but are also an ideal fit in their system.