2011 NFL Draft: 6 First Round Options for Chargers

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2011 NFL Draft: 6 First Round Options for Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers once again failed to meet high expectations with a 9-7 season.

For a talented roster that finished first in both total offense and defense, missing out on the playoffs was disappointing. Their inability to perform well on special teams and in close games ultimately was the downfall of the team.

The Chargers draft needs is a short list. A rush linebacker will probably be their most important priority, with Larry English's disappointing career. Shaun Phillips had 11 sacks last season, but will need a capable complement.

The defensive line needs a solid five-technique (defensive end) with Jacques Cesaire aging and declining.

Offensively, the Chargers are set with weapons, especially if they can manage to keep one of the best receivers, Vincent Jackson. A right tackle will be needed though, with Jeromey Clary struggling.

So, here are the options for the Chargers at pick No. 18:

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