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Eye on April

Chargers are on the clock, but who will make the first pick?

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By B. Duane Cross, SI.com

2004 NFL Draft
No. Team W-L
1. San Diego Chargers 4-12
2. Oakland Raiders 4-12
3. Arizona Cardinals 4-12
4. New York Giants 4-12
5. Washington Redskins 5-11
6. Detroit Lions 5-11
7. Atlanta Falcons * 5-11
8. Cleveland Browns * 5-11
9. Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11
10. Houston Texans 5-11
* -- Subject to coin flip
Complete draft order, click here.
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San Diego's past six first draft picks include DB Rogers Beckett (2000) and QB Ryan Leaf (1998). So why should fans be excited about the team holding the No. 1 pick in April's draft?

Ben Roethlisberger, Larry Fitzgerald and Eli Manning are three good reasons.

Roethlisberger and Manning are regarded as the top two quarterbacks, which presents a dilemma for San Diego's front office: Stay the course with QB Drew Brees, a second-round choice in 2001, or start over (again).

If the Chargers stick with Brees (who was benched twice this season and is 4-16 in his past 20 starts), a trade is the most logical course of action; the Raiders, Cardinals and Giants all could use a QB, while the Falcons may make a move up to nab Fitzgerald. And the Chargers are not opposed to rolling the dice. In 2003 and '01, San Diego swapped its first pick to Philadelphia and Atlanta, respectively, to move down the board.

Last year, the Chargers traded the No. 15 choice to Philadelphia for first- (No. 30) and second-round picks, selecting CB Sammy Davis and S Terrence Kiel.

In 2001 San Diego opted out of the No. 1 spot in a deal with Atlanta in exchange for the No. 5 pick and a third-round choice in '01, a second-rounder in '02 and WR/KR Tim Dwight. Those three draft picks yielded RB LaDainian Tomlinson, CB Tay Cody (who was released this year) and WR Reche Caldwell.

We want your take on the 2004 NFL Draft. Mull over the names TFYDraftPreview.com regards as the top players available and submit your choices for the Top 10 -- and feel free to wheel and deal:

Who to watch for in the 2004 NFL Draft
From TFY Draft Preview (rankings entering the Senior Bowl)
Rank Pos. Name Class Height Weight 40 College
1. QB Ben Roethlisberger Junior 6-5 240 -- Miami (Ohio)
2. WR Larry Fitzgerald Sophomore 6-3 210 -- Pittsburgh
3. QB Eli Manning Senior 6-4 215 -- Mississippi
4. T Shawn Andrews Junior 6-5 330 -- Arkansas
5. T Robert Gallery Senior 6-7 1/2 320 -- Iowa
6. WR Roy Williams Senior 6-4 210 -- Texas
7. S Sean Taylor Junior 6-3 225 -- Miami (Fla.)
8. DT Vince Wilfork Junior 6-2 350 -- Miami (Fla.)
9. TE Kellen Winslow Junior 6-5 250 4.1/25 Miami (Fla.)
10. DE Will Smith Senior 6-4 263 -- Ohio State
11. RB Kevin Jones Junior 6-0 225 -- Virginia Tech
12. RB Steven Jackson Junior 6-3 233 -- Oregon State
13. OLB Karlos Dansby Senior 6-5 235 -- Auburn
14. WR Reggie Williams Junior 6-4 220 -- Washington
15. WR Michael Clayton Junior 6-4 200 -- LSU
16. MLB Jonathan Vilma Senior 6-2 225 -- Miami (Fla.)
17. OLB D.J. Williams Senior 6-2 245 -- Miami (Fla.)
18. DT Tommie Harris Junior 6-3 288 4.97 Oklahoma
19. CB Derrick Strait Senior 5-11 194 4.47 Oklahoma
20. T Vernon Carey Senior 6-5 363 -- Miami (Fla.)
21. DT Randy Starks Junior 6-4 312 -- Maryland
22. CB DeAngelo Hall Junior 5-11 195 4.35 Virginia Tech
23. WR Rashaun Woods Senior 6-2 190 -- Oklahoma State
24. OLB Teddy Lehman Senior 6-2 243 -- Oklahoma
25. CB Chris Gamble Junior 6-2 180 4.47 Ohio State
26. WR Michael Jenkins Senior 6-5 215 -- Ohio State
27. DT DeMarco McNeil Senior 6-2 300 -- Auburn
28. WR Lee Evans Senior 5-11 202 -- Wisconsin
29. QB J.P. Losman Senior 6-3 220 4.65 Tulane
30. OLB Dontarrious Thomas Senior 6-4 238 -- Auburn
31. DT Marcus Tubbs Senior 6-4 310 -- Texas
32. CB Dunta Robinson Senior 5-11 180 4.49 South Carolina
Rank Pos. Name Class Height Weight 40 College
33. G Chris Snee Junior 6-3 331 -- Boston College
34. OLB Michael Boulware Senior 6-3 222 -- Florida State
35. RB Greg Jones Senior 6-1 248 -- Florida State
36. TE Ben Troupe Senior 6-4 262 -- Florida
37. DE Antwan Odom Junior 6-5 277 -- Alabama
38. DE Kenechi Udeze Junior 6-3 270 -- USC
39. CB Nathan Vasher Senior 5-11 180 4.49 Texas
40. T Nat Dorsey Junior 6-6 330 -- Georgia Tech
41. MLB Richard Seigler Senior 6-3 238 -- Oregon State
42. CB Will Poole Senior 6-0 190 -- USC
43. WR Devard Darling Junior 6-3 205 4.35 Washington State
44. WR James Newson Senior 6-1 207 4.1/25 Oregon State
45. RB Mewelde Moore Senior 6-1 210 4.45 Tulane
46. RB Chris Perry Senior 6-1 220 -- Michigan
47. DE Dave Ball Senior 6-6 279 -- UCLA
48. DE Bobby McCray Senior 6-6 245 -- Florida
49. T Jacob Rogers Senior 6-6 305 -- USC
50. TE Ben Watson Senior 6-3 253 -- Georgia
51. RB Michael Turner Senior 6-0 1/2 228 -- Northern Illinois
52. DT Darnell Dockett Senior 6-4 280 -- Florida State
53. T Tony Pape Senior 6-6 305 -- Michigan
54. OLB Kendyll Pope Senior 6-2 210 -- Florida State
55. S Brandon Everage Senior 6-0 190 -- Oklahoma
56. DT Chad Lavalais Senior 6-3 289 -- LSU
57. WR Ernest Wilford Senior 6-4 221 -- Virginia Tech
58. QB Philip Rivers Senior 6-5 236 -- North Carolina State
59. WR Jerricho Cotchery Senior 6-1 200 -- North Carolina State
60. DE Greg Taplin Senior 6-5 256 -- Michigan State
61. DT Matthias Askew Junior 6-6 292 -- Michigan State
62. CB Keiwan Ratliff Senior 5-10 178 -- Florida
63. DT Dwan Edwards Senior 6-3 301 -- Oregon State
64. T Max Starks Senior 6-7 349 -- Florida
13 Names to Keep on Radar
Rank Pos. Name Class Height Weight 40 College
65. S Stuart Schweigert Senior 6-3 217 -- Purdue
66. WR Bernard Berrian Senior 6-2 190 -- Fresno State
67. DE Nathaniel Adibi Senior 6-3 255 -- Virginia Tech
68. WR Johnnie Morant Senior 6-4 223 -- Syracuse
69. DE Darrion Scott Senior 6-3 280 -- Ohio State
70. WR Derek McCoy Senior 6-2 205 -- Colorado
71. DE Isaac Hilton Senior 6-5 250 -- Hampton
72. WR Darius Watts Senior 6-2 183 -- Marshall
73. DE Claude Harriott Senior 6-4 255 -- Pittsburgh
74. WR Devery Henderson Senior 6-0 195 -- LSU
75. S Sean Jones Junior 6-1 201 -- Georgia
76. DT Igor Olshansky Junior 6-6 3-5 -- Oregon
77. WR P.K. Sam Junior 6-3 195 -- Florida State
Note: Players' height, weight and 40 time subject to change at the Scouting Combine, Feb. 18-24.

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