High Voltage Senior Bowl Blog, Day Three

WR T.J. Graham (Peyton Williams/Getty)

The action rolls on with the third day of Senior Bowl activities. Today, we chat with a receiver who considers himself part of the Rivers family and would love to join Philip in San Diego. We will also serve up reports from both practices and reveal more players who are talking with Bolts coaches and scouts.

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Batting .500


WR Vincent Brown
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The value of Senior Bowl evaluations varies by team. For the Chargers, the work they do in Mobile, Ala., has a very real impact on their draft plans. In 2011, four of San Diego's eight draft selections were Senior Bowl participants: CB Marcus Gilchrist, WR Vincent Brown, CB Shareece Wright and OG Stephen Schilling.

Brown arguably helped himself more than any other player at last year's Senior Bowl, running excellent routes and catching everything thrown his way. He proved he could hang with the big boys, which was a concern coming out of SDSU.

Who is this year's Vincent Brown? It could be Appalachian State WR Brian Quick, who met with the Chargers on Tuesday. Quick has the size the Chargers prefer in their wideouts (6 foot 5, 220 lbs.) and is a smooth athlete. He's still very raw and drops a few too many balls, but his upside is enormous.

He's made some strong catches against tight coverage this week, proving he can produce against higher levels of competition. That will boost his draft stock, whether he winds up in San Diego or somewhere else.

The Upside of Upshaw

Alabama DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw met with Chargers assistant director of college scouting Mike Biehl on Wednesday. Upshaw would fill a huge need for the Chargers, who ranked No. 23 in sacks last season (32).

The Chargers have had a hole at outside linebacker since Shawne Merriman left town. Larry English was supposed to fill the void, but he has been unable to stay on the football field.

Upshaw has impressed Chargers scouts this week. He has shown outstanding strength and a vast array of pass-rush moves. His ability to get after the quarterback is not a surprise, as he had 9.5 sacks last season to go along with 52 total tackles.

He could be a candidate for the Chargers at No. 18 if he is still on the board.

Reunion with Rivers?


WR T.J. Graham
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There are several receiver prospects who would love to come to San Diego to play with Philip Rivers. But no one would enjoy the opportunity more than NC State WR T.J. Graham. An explosive kick returner and receiver, Graham was coached in high school by Rivers' dad, Steve.

"Coach [Steve] Rivers and Stephen and Philip have always been a part of my family," Graham said. "I'd love to go play in San Diego with [Philip]. I grew up with Philip and I've been around him a lot ... he's been a role model for me."

Graham would fill a need in San Diego. He could take over for Patrick Crayton; the team's No. 4 receiver and punt returner is a free agent who will not return.

Graham looks to use Senior Bowl week to prove he is worthy of such an opportunity. He is seen in some circles as more of a track guy than a football player. His numbers from last season (46 catches, 757 yards, seven touchdowns) are not overwhelming considering the Wolfpack had a pretty solid passing game.

Graham said this week he aims to showcase "route-running skills, catching the ball, leadership qualities, learning ability and picking up the playbook quickly."

He is also relishing the opportunity to make plays versus the nation's top defenders.

"We're playing against really good competition out here," he said. "I feel like I can match up against these guys and have some success. There have been times where things haven't gone great, but my successes outweigh my failures."

Graham will spend the next couple months training at home with his father, who is a personal track coach. He is hoping to wow scouts at the NFL Combine next month with his 40-yard dash time.

He likens himself to Ted Ginn Jr., the former top-10 pick whose absence from the NFC Championship Game is the main reason the New York Giants are heading to the Super Bowl.

But Graham doesn't want to be pigeonholed as just as slot receiver and return man.

"I'll play anywhere. I'll play O-line, D-line, it doesn't matter. I just want to contribute to a team and help it win."



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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 16 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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