2014 NFL Mock Draft: The San Diego Chargers Select…

Sep 14, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles offensive lineman Bobby Hart (51), offensive lineman Ruben Carter (65), offensive lineman Brian Stork (52), offensive lineman Josue Matias (70) and offensive lineman Cameron Erving (75) during the first half of the game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

It is that time to start looking at some draft picks again. Sure we are still in the hunt, but draft season is upon us. We are going to take a look over at the mothership and see what their selection is for the Chargers with the 13th pick in the draft.
The San Diego Chargers select… Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State
The Chargers offensive line could use some improvement, which would allow Philip Rivers to continue playing at a high level.
Along with giving Rivers more time, the addition of Erving would help open things up for the running game.
If Erving declares for the 2014 NFL Draft, he will be one of the most highly sought after offensive tackles because of his versatility and athleticism. He would be a great addition to the Chargers offensive line.
I can’t really hate against this pick. Any time we get help up front, it is a good move. The team is build in the trenches. I would love some help on the defensive side of the football, but with King Dunlap always injured, a starting left tackle would be amazing. We would have some nice bookends for a while protecting Philip.

 

Topics: NFL Draft, San Diego Chargers

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  • PakMaN

    I wonder what is to happen to Matthews.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      This could determine our first draftpick. I have been thinking about it heavily since they didn’t use him in Washington.

      • Stefanie Smith

        It makes me sad, Pete. Not sure these people know what they are doing. I am really trying not to be negative…about this Whisenhunt goof.

        I am starting to dislike them. They don’t like Matthews because “he is not their guy”? Or what? Thought this coach could make anyone good.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Did you see the Seattle Seahawks against the Saints last night? It was a clinic… especially on defense. Here’s the Seahawks record since Pete Carrol took over:

          2010 – 7-9 – Hasselbeck / Whitehurst
          2011 – 7-9 – Hasselbeck / Whitehurst
          2012 – 11-5 – Russel Wilson

          2013 – 11-1… so far – Russell Wilson

          I can see the Chargers possibly going 7-9 for the next two years, but building through the draft. TT seems to have a keen eye for picking talent. Fluker was great, Allen was phenomenal, Te’O isn’t a bust.. yet. Stevie Williams could be good. Tourek Williams isn’t bad for a 6th rounder, and Sorennsen did really well for a 7th round pick, whether he is the future, or not. Seattle’s best CB, Richard Sherman, is a 6th round pick himself!!! He’s top of the league right now!

          So, I guess what I am getting at, is that Seattle needed a change at HC, and to build through the draft, with really good picks. TT has made some good picks. McCoy is worlds better than Norv, even if I disagree with his coaching at times. But, he is a rookie. The bottom line is that we want to be like New England one day… where you bamboozle other teams into giving away their picks to you… or like the Niners this season, where they seemed to have a billion picks, and were ALREADY stacked. They were 6-10 in 2010, then made some changes, built through the draft, and went 13-3 with an NFC championship appearance, and 11-4-1 with a Superbowl appearance. All RIGHT after major coaching changes… and personnel changes.

          The San Diego Chargers may suck, as we look at them today. But, I have seen some major changes this season. Even if we go 7-9 next year, 2015 will be the season where we see them get it together, and start DOMINATING, and leaving this losing culture behind forever.

    • boltingindiego

      rm24 has 2 years left on his deal hes not going anywhere.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        I think he is talking about Jake Matthews from A&M

        • boltingindiego

          ah i was going by the steph post so i assumed rm

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            I assumed wrong. He clearly spelled “Matthews” with two T’s… however… I feel “Matthews” will be long gone by the 4th to 6th pick.

          • boltingindiego

            definietly i see him going either to the rams or falcons.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          He was? Then I guess my answer would be the same as this year…. the “top” left tackles.. if you want to assume that… will all be off the board by the time we pick… unless we tank.

      • Stefanie Smith

        I thought he was talking about m24 also when I responded to Pete. lol

        • boltingindiego

          lol we all did except for ernie

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            What if I was wrong. Hahaha

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            I’d recommend that you get a “copy editor”, and then not follow it up with the email I said I would send you… lol.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            right! ha

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I’ve been reading ever mock I can find lol, all of them are all over from Nix to Ikepre, Mack, Verette,Kujo. We should be picking in a good landing spot of all sorts of talent, probably 4 qbs in the first round I think we will get the #9 pick and have A lot of options in the first and low enough in the second to get another bad ass starter and possibly a starting NT in the 3rd if were sticking with the 3-4.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Gotta be honest Blanksy.. not sure we should go for a NT in the 3rd. For all the talk about how we need a guy that “commands double-teams”, I don’t think a 3rd rounder will come in and do that. However, if we are OK with going 7-9 or worse next year, then we can develop a third round NT.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        i want nix! did i already fall in love with a player before they even declared!? oh well. i know there will be plenty others i fall in love with. Nix is ridiculous. Also, did anyone else notice that Aubrayo is a free agent at the end of the year?

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Take Nix if he’s there… I thought they should have taken Lotuleilei, personally. Even over Vaccaro. And you KNOW I was beating that drum… lol. Franklin is done. Maybe as a depth player… but probably not. Guess the Colts realize that too.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            i know there was a bunch of us that were screaming for either star or kenny when that pick came up. I know that is all I wanted to hear. Don’t get me wrong, I love DJ, but how bad has Clary played at right tackle? Harris and Dunlap likely could have played left tackle at the start of the year. Our offense hasn’t needed someone to hold onto a block forever.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Agreed… I still would have taken Kenny. I know that sounds funny.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            ha. right. still imagining either of them on this defense makes it a game changer. Kenny could play the LB/S role that Weddle has been playing and Weddle could then roam around like he is supposed to. Star would have taken over the middle and made everyone else around him better and that front line would be talked about for a while.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            All I know is the Panthers are in it, and we are not. Star was better than Aubrayu or Cam was this year, and Vaccaro played better than Gilly.

          • boltingindiego

            harris and clary has benefited by the new O and a better o-line coach this year. who really wanted clary at rt this year no ONE did. Harris sucked as a undrafted free agent but blossomed this year don’t know if anyone saw that coming either. Hopefully were able to pick up nix in this years draft.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            my dream: Nix and Van Noy in first two rounds after we signed Grimes and bernard pollard in free agency.

          • boltingindiego

            did pollard only sign a 1 year deal with tenn. I know grimes did with miami. Not a bad 2 picks in the draft. Depending on which rankings you go by i wouldn’t mind getting purifoy in the 3rd.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            right! both signed 1-year deals

          • kris

            Why didnt we sign Grimes this past offseason!! Pisses me off, he was cheap and a baller! If hes available and we don’t swoop again its ridiculous.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            i thought the same.

  • Daryl Peek

    “giving Rivers more time” ?!?

    I’m not hating on the subject matter of the article but Rivers is one of the least sacked QB’s this season. I think CB or a pass rusher is of more importance in this coming draft.

    • boltingindiego

      i think it’s more about the reshuffled o-line. Have this guy as lt, fluker rt, dielman rg, and then so on. If nix is available we should go there since our starting nt is really a back up trying to start.

      • Daryl Peek

        My point is defense and depth has been the biggest problem every since training camp. If this coming draft doesn’t start and or end with defensive picks, we might have the wrong GM in place IMO. TT did a good job with Fluker and Allen last year. Gotta fix the D.

        • Gunnar Martin

          I agree. We are desperate for some help on D. At least our first rounder has to be a defensive player, but preferably all of our early round picks do. I would be fine with upgrading the depth of the O-line a bit later in the draft, but when your defense is as bad as ours, you can’t possibly pass up the play makers that will likely be there.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Imagine how much better this defense would have run with Stevie Williams over the middle… how many times were we burnt on over the middle BAD nickel CB play? I say, go for the best players out there, regardless of pick order. It amazed me how many of the Seahawk’s players were 5th & 6th round picks in the secondary last night, according to the commentators. I think TT proved that you don’t need to go high to get an explosive player this year. I cringed when they drafted Fluker.. he was ridic!!!! Allen was picked in the 3rd… pretty much made this offense what it is… even Tourek strip-sacked Manning, and who knows what Williams would have added to this D… even as ONE good CB. He might have ended up with Derek Cox’s job.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            definitely. best player available.

          • Daryl Peek

            So if a QB is the best player on the board when the Bolts are up is that where TT should go? *looking*

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            If the #1 QB in the ENTIRE draft happens to fall to us at 9 or 12, or wherever we pick, I wouldn’t be mad. Let him sit behind PR, and learn. Even if they got a “good QB” in later rounds I would be cool (like if we got a Russell Wilson, or Colin Kaepernick, etc.). Or, if we had mad crazy draft picks, and had a loaded team (which we don’t), like San Francisco or New England have done in the past. But, I personally think it would be the wrong time to pick.. let’s say … the 3rd best QB in the draft in the first round. I wouldn’t worry about it for another year, because PR’s contract isn’t up until 2015. I know you probably disagree with that, but that’s my personal feeling.

          • Daryl Peek

            I figured you’d find a way to wiggle out of that one. LOL I just wanted to make it uncomfortable

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            It’s my specialty = )

          • Daryl Peek

            On the real tho, if we got a Kapernick or Wilson type PR’s huge salary will need to seriously be considered a liability. TT could do tons with that much freed up cap space. IJS

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            most definitely. if we got a qb… we would have so much room under the cap.

          • John Alton

            They will look at best player in the board based on position of need. Teams have there own rankings. They don’t watch the pundits or with what the fans think. They rank players by position. If a team is loaded with receivers they are not going draft a receiver because he is ranked extremely high.

          • Daryl Peek

            Couldn’t have said it better man.

    • Rex Lajos

      Sadly the only reason he is not sacked that much is because he throws the ball 2 seconds after the snap…making it impossible for big plays down the field. I would love it if he had a clean pocket for 5 seconds like Brees does…even Brees had a good 3-5 seconds during the Seahawk game before having to throw.

      • Daryl Peek

        Gotta disagree. PR has one of the best yards per attempt this season at 8.5 per pass. If I’m correct Wilson is the only QB above him at 8.7. PR still gets the ball down field, we just don’t see the Norvous 7 step drop and bombs away jump balls anymore. That was all part of the McCoy 70% completion rate plan, and a good thing may i add.

        • Rex Lajos

          You should check those numbers with YAC….he can’t throw the ball downfield for the homerun, when he used to be able to with time in the pocket and a true deep threat WR. He needs more time and a big fast WR.

          • Daryl Peek

            So out of 50, 20 + yard passes all of our receivers got YAC on them? To be honest, I can only recall a few receptions like the Gates 60 yard catch against Dallas and the recent Green one that had major YAC. I do recall plenty of 20 yard bombs thrown to players like Woodhead, Allen, Royal and Gates for touchdowns from outside of the 20 yard line. Most of these were over the top passes to the end zone.

            The dink and dunk theme many try to say Rivers is this season is a bit over played IMO. It’s not like he’s heads above everyone else in passing attempts a game this season. He’s #17 on the list. (the irony LOL) By what you’re saying our WR’s are killing it in YAC. I just don’t see it like that.

          • Rex Lajos

            Keenan has almost 400 YAC…

          • Daryl Peek

            That means he’s got almost 500 yards of passes caught on some 58 receptions split up between those almost 400 of YAC. LOL

          • Rex Lajos

            Daryl…thats not how that works lol I think I might have lost you somewhere.

          • Daryl Peek

            I don’t think I got lost but I did say this is not a perfect model. Almost 400 – 843 = 443 in non YAC catches tho IJS lol

          • Rex Lajos

            look at it this way….if he catches the ball at 10 yards….he will at least run it 9 more yards every time….thats what that stats means 45% of his yards came after the catch. Woodhead is the same…Gates had his big catch and run against the ‘Boys but he is the only receiver that catches and goes down immediately. MM and Wiz have made a gameplan to punish Defenses with YAC, but thats why the bolts have a bad scoring record because no deep threat WR + short pocket time = no big scoring plays.

          • Daryl Peek

            The bad scoring is lack of commitment to running the ball IMO. Last season the BOLTS had red zone issues. This is something that has been building momentum over the last three seasons.

            If 45% of ones yards come after the catch that means 55% is yards gained at the point of the catch. Anyway you cut it Rivers has had a cleaner pocket this season. Yes the scheme of the offense has helped but he’s not just throwing short passes.

  • Stan Zab

    #5 offense in the NFL, #29 defense in the NFL. Yeah, lets draft offense. Good idea.

    • Rex Lajos

      We need a Left Tackle for sure but you make a good point, would love the next Jamal Williams back up in here…would make any CB look good.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      number 4 if you go by the stats that you are looking at, but check the stat for points scored and see where we rank. Moving the ball down the field gets us nothing if you can’t punch it in.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Honestly, I think the biggest thing that is missing from our offensive attack is a true No. 2 receiver on the outside. As you well know, Brown ain’t cuttin it. Having someone over there would really help open things up, and then the opposing D wouldn’t be able to focus so much on Keenan anymore. I can’t help but fancy having James Jones over here next year. His contract expires this offseason…

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          for sure. it is such a huge weakness for the offense right now

        • boltingindiego

          what killed us were the 2 season ending injuries in dx and floyd. the what ifs in the red zone / our record with our big wr’s.

      • Stan Zab

        Ok but why would they draft more offense when the defense is one of the worst in the NFL while the offense is one of the best. Yes they can’t score in the red zone but thats more scheme than anything in my opinion. Need corners and a Nose Guard.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          definitely need defense.

  • Alex Pitrofsky

    Our defensive line is awful, worse than awful. It’s horendous. So is our secondary. I say we go secondary, d line, OT for our first three picks

  • Darrin Anthony

    It seriously Bugs me the the people think the Chargers will draft that low. I seriously see them picking 6 or 7

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      that is our current spot

  • ioane

    I would prefer a defensive player. But adding another stud on the offensive line is also a great way to go. After the top quality pick, an OK like Erving is a great pick. I don’t see him getting out the top 10.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    I Agree! Teams are built in the trenches. Offensive linemen are the backbone of the team along with D linemen.

  • Derek

    Only if Louis nix and verett are gone and we can’t trade down. Yeah king hasn’t shown he can be consistently dependable and I cringe every time our offensive line shuffles, but we have been able too make it work. On defense however no matter who we put at nt or cb we have struggled. Nobody on defense has had a good season! Offense has. I say we get a new db’s coach keep eyes open for potential at defensive and offensive coordinator and go totally defensive this draft/fa

  • Derek

    Unbalanced teams don’t get rings! Look at recent history. Drafting offense early would be a mistake. Our need for cb and nt is too dire to draft by talent available

  • Cgoodness13

    Ehh I feel like FA is where we will find a backup for King

  • 1961 Fan

    You don’t have a clue what the Bolts are going to do in the draft. Stay on this season, we still have 4 games remaining. The Giants are next, and if nothing else play for pride instead of a draft choice. It is apparent you are paying too much attention to reruns of Star Trek.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      thank you?

  • Bolt Fan

    We need a NT plain and simple!!

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  • Tyreece Kaete Sr.

    Would love this pick

  • Derrel Kingdom

    We need a pass rush will cover the lack of corner back production! Khalil mack or vic Beasley would b a good fit with melvin and dwight coming back next year

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