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Chargers Ponder Pass-Rushing OLB

OLB Shawne Merriman (Robert Laberge/Getty)

A.J. Smith was ecstatic to land to the No. 40 overall pick in a prior trade with the Seattle Seahawks. Now, he must decide what to do with it. The prevailing logic says the Chargers will go with a running back or nose tackle, yet the team has also met with a pass-rushing linebacker who could ignite the defense.

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