Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (71) on the line of scrimmage during the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Alabama beat Michigan 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Kiper’s Big Board Has 5 Left Tackles For the 2014 Draft

Mel Kiper posted up his big board for the 2014 NFL Draft and it is looking pretty for the Chargers. Of the top 25 players on the board, 5 of them are left tackles that we could possibly add to the mix up front.

Here are the guys listed by Kiper:

4 Cyrus Kouandjio *AGE: 19 HT: 6-6 WT: 311 Alabama

6 Jake Matthews AGE: 21 HT: 6-5 WT: 305 Texas A&M

8 Taylor Lewan AGE: 21  HT: 6-8 WT: 308 Michigan

11 Antonio Richardson *AGE: 21  HT: 6-6 WT: 332 Tennessee

19 Cameron Erving *AGE: 20 HT: 6-6 WT: 308 Florida State

* juniors or draft-eligible redshirt sophomores are noted with an asterisk.

Two of the guys will be entering the draft for sure, while the other 3 will have to declare for it.

If the Chargers can find a vet to lock down the left tackle spot for a year, there could be a young tackle that they can pick up in the 2014 draft to lock it down for years. Already going into the 2014 draft, we know that we will probably have to pick up a left tackle. Hopefully they all declare and the Chargers will get some good options with the last pick in the first round.

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  • MC Boltman

    Wow, what A.J. Smith never has done, Telesco “has to do” in his first two years as GM: picking an offensive tackle in the first round of the draft. We´ll see…if #24 lets us down again, then TT probably will have to think twice if its gonna be a lineman again in the first round.

    • tubbs45

      AJ had to do it the AJ way. Greasy haired A-hole. TT has got stones!

      • Ambitoos

        AJ would have picked a LT from 2 creek college because he never got in any trouble.

    • davacho

      no rb in the 1st please!

  • Peter Thompson

    I like your optimism Ernie!
    “Hopefully they all declare and the Chargers will get some good options with the last pick in the first round.”
    That’s what I’m talking about!!!!!

    • tubbs45

      Hell yeah love it!! #BoltUp AFC West about to #GetWhizzedON

  • tbell11

    That is why I was happy the Chargers didn’t draft an LT when all 3 elite tackles were gone early. The OT spot is deeper in 2014.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Hey, just for knowledge sake, McCoy decides if there is going to be competition at a particular position, not TT. Somebody (maybe another site) was saying they were interested to see if TT wanted to have a competition at some position. Better be interested if McCoy wants one.

  • Stefanie Smith

    What happens next year when everyone gets their boxers in a wad because the best ones are out of our reach and we refuse to move up for fear we lose a pick?

    • davacho

      what happens next year to everyone that wear briefs? or for those that like to feel a cool breeze beneath our knockers?! what then? what. then?

      • Gunnar Martin


    • Ambitoos

      My boxers are always in a wad anyway with this team.

  • Cgoodness13

    It really sad we have to deal with this, smith should have delt with the manner years ago. Imagine if we had a decent LT, then we could be focusing on either CB or SS.

    • Dion Chin

      MM was a great LT for us until he ran into injury problems.

  • Ambitoos

    Question. Did the Chargers offer Max Stark a conract?

    • Ernie Padaon

      nothing that i have seen