Now that the immediate dust of the NFL Draft has settled, the traditional evaluations have just about run their courses.
Beyond the grades and the team-specific evaluations, there is another train of thought to take. This is how the rest of the league's choices impacted one's own team.
Note: The number in parenthesis with each pick represents where they were taken overall.
The obvious is to examine the draft within the division, and with several big moves happening around the AFC West, that could easily be wrapped into its own piece.
Yet, what else happened around the league that might just have an impact on San Diego's 2010 season—and beyond?
Here's a handful of selections to look at and ponder.
The addition of a potential upgrade at starting corner to a possible playoff opponent is not in and of itself quite enough to make the list.
Wilson was a good find by the Jets. I had him pegged as the draft’s No. 2 corner, even though he was the fourth taken.
But what makes this move significant enough to be on the list is that Wilson’s ability to succeed right away may have a greater impact on the Chargers than simply how well he performs against the Bolts should they meet.
The trade of Antonio Cromartie to the New York Jets for a conditional 2011 draft pick has the potential to be either a second- or third-round choice, based on playing time.
Going up against Dwight Lowery or Drew Coleman it was fairly safe to say it would take something drastic for Cromartie not to meet the playing-time criteria to make that pick into a second-round choice.
Should Wilson prove the player many think he is, he just might be able to lock down the starting role before the season is over.
How quickly he can secure the job may just be the determining factor in where San Diego’s draft pick falls.
This pick is being used to represent the Oakland Raiders draft as a whole.
They should not challenge San Diego for the division in 2010, but after years of faulty reaches and questionable selections, Oakland finally put down a steady, solid draft.
Instead of trying for a home run, the Raiders took a more meticulous and patient route that we haven't seen out of the silver and black in a long time.
They shored up the front seven early. Tack on a pair of solid offensive line projects in the mid-rounds, mix the Jason Campbell trade into the draft equation, and Oakland has probably leapfrogged Denver for the No. 2 spot in the AFC West.
A player San Diego fans will be keen to watch over the next few years as he was on the team’s radar all offseason.
Next to draftee Ryan Mathews, his was the name most tied to the San Diego Chargers in draft projections. He was thought to have worked his way back to the late first or early second round after shedding over 20 pounds.
Instead Cody, was just a handful of picks away from falling out of the second round entirely. This is something of a surprise given that teams like Miami, Buffalo, and Kansas City all could have used a nose tackle upgrade (Buffalo’s manner of dealing discussed in a later slide).
With all that said, fans will be watching how Cody fares closely. If his weight issues do become a problem, it will to make A.J. Smith all the better for taking the route he did in the draft.
Should Cody become the next dominant force in the middle, there will be plenty of fans bemoaning what could have been.
As a 2010 opponent, the Jaguars were an interesting piece of San Diego’s relatively kind schedule.
The Jaguars are an up-and-down team that perennially floats around the .500 mark, and can’t quite put it all together.
They are, however, prone to coming up with surprise games against solid opponents where they can, at least for a week, look like a legitimate playoff contender.
Because of all this, reaching for a pick above-value when they were selecting so high is a move to San Diego’s benefit.
Alualu may very well be a solid player, but he would probably have been better served going to a 3-4 team and converting end.
Also, Jacksonville could have improved their stock by trading down into the 20s, still selecting him, and filling out other holes with an added pick or two.
Aside from the direct matchup, Alualu going early may very well have served to keep him out of the hands of several late first-round AFC teams that present a more direct (i.e. playoff) threat to San Diego.
The selection of Spiller by the Buffalo Bills probably sealed San Diego’s decision to trade up to the No. 12 spot in order to draft Ryan Mathews.
If Spiller remains on the board, he is probably on his way to Seattle with the No. 14 pick, and San Diego only has to worry about what Houston is doing at #20.
Torell Troup’s choice at No. 41 may have had quite the opposite effect. Selecting Troup instead of Linval Joseph or Terrence Cody could very well have been the trigger that allowed San Diego to land Cam Thomas at the bargain price of a fifth-round pick.
This will be a very interesting pick to watch because this is the pick San Diego gave up in order to guarantee Mathews. Misi feels like a slight reach, nothing drastic but probably half a round ahead of value.
Should the Dolphins wind up regretting that they neglected either taking a nose tackle or the higher-rated Sergio Kindle, it will cool some of that lost pick's sting.
Though Misi is almost assuredly not the player San Diego would have chosen with the No. 40 pick, his success or failure will be tied to a selection San Diego once held.
Several draft pundits had the Denver Broncos, in dire need of a starting center, trading down and selecting the top-rated center in the late first or early second.
With Pouncey off the board, it was just one more way to ensure the Broncos traded up to land project player Tim Tebow a round (perhaps more) over projected value, unless they instead bypassed wide receiver with the No. 22 pick.
The high boom-bust potential, paired with the lack of an instant benefit (a la a starting center), both serve to strongly impact Denver’s outlook for the 2010 season.
Another up-and-down team San Diego will play in 2010. The Cardinals' opening choices of Dan Williams and Daryl Washington are not bad choices of themselves, but do reflect one item that could impact the San Diego matchup.
With Jimmy Clausen still on the board at 47, Arizona had the opportunity to hedge itself and land a potential frontman should Matt Leinart falter.
With several marquee names gone, if Leinart can’t prove to be "the guy" for Arizona, then the regular season matchup looks much less difficult than the Western Division champion head-to-head it was supposed to be.
While both solid TE options were probably not reasonable within San Diego’s set of options, the two highly touted TE’s set off a mini-run where five tight ends were selected between 113 and 132. Another two followed before San Diego’s No. 168 selection.
While one can argue that a third QB was likely on SD’s radar all along, if that minor run hadn’t started, the team might have been able to take a better fit for TE depth here and wait on the QB position until Round Seven or UFA.
A few potentialities: Clay Harbor, if they wanted that 250 lb., H-back type, or Michael Hoomanawanui as a blocking tight end who can still catch (which is more in line with what SD could have used alongside 245-lb. Kris Wilson and pass-catching extraordinaire Antonio Gates).
I will also add 182nd 49ers' selection Nate Byham as a great fit had he somehow dropped to San Diego at 235.
While RT probably ranked higher on the boards of Chargers fans than team brass picking in the seventh round, either option might have been too good to pass up.
Calloway was the more NFL-ready option who could have pushed Clary quickly, but has less ultimate upside. While Capers, chosen only four places ahead of San Diego, could have been a bargain as a developmental project with high upside.
Both players entered the draft projected around the fourth round and were bargain finds that late.