2014 NFL Mock Draft: Chargers Select Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

Sep 7, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Oregon Ducks cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (14) breaks up a pass intended for Virginia Cavaliers running back Khalek Shepherd (23) as defensive back Brian Jackson (12) looks on in the second quarter at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

 

Even though the Chargers are still technically in the hunt for a wildcard berth, its time to start looking at potential draft picks to close some holes on the team. According to the Sports Illustrated Mock Draft 3.0, (see entire mock draft), the Chargers will select Ifo Ekpre-Olomu with the 13th overall pick.

The first corner off the board (though Tennessee, Pittsburgh and a couple teams above could be in the market there). The Chargers have to improve against the pass, and bringing in an aggressive corner of Ekpre-Olomu’s ilk would set the table.

I have watched a few Oregon games this season and I like what I see from him. He would add some much needed aggression, quickness, and athleticism to the Chargers’ defense. However, I am not sold that the Chargers should take a corner with the first pick. There is a steep learning curve for young corners transitioning from college to the NFL passing game. Even cornerbacks seen as pro-ready prospects generally do not make an immediate impact. (See recent top corners: Dee Milliner, Morris Claiborne, Malcolm Jenkins, and of course, Antoine Cason)

 

I am not even sold the Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is the top corner in the draft. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think there is a corner in the draft worthy of the 1st round pick, especially since the free agent market will be stacked with good corners this year. I would prefer picking a left tackle, such as Cameron Erving, and finally putting an end the the turnstile at left tackle.

 

Since it’s still early in the (far from scientific) NFL mock drafting process, I wanted to see what everyone thinks the Chargers should do in the 1st round. Let’s get mocking.

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  • kris

    Im starting to think we should take Nix first. Would love Efo, but not that high. My dream would be take Nix, first, pick up Pollard and Grimes in FA. Then choose a corner/OT second round.

    • Stefanie Smith

      That would be awesome to get Pollard and/or Grimes in FA. Good idea.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      THIS!

  • joerockt

    While we need a DB, it won’t be in the 1st round. BTW, are you having a stroke in your pic? lol.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Here’s a Mock that is Charger Biased somehow: http://www.drafttek.com/2014-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round1.asp

    In this one we would get :

    1st: Nix NT
    2nd: C. Erving LT
    3rd: Attaochu OLB

    I would be very down with this, get our Big NT – get out LT and a serious pass rusher then go CB 4th 5th WR 6th and C 7th.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      how in the world did that happen?! amazing

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        Right? I just put it here cause it would be a bomb draft but I know it couldn’t happen.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Too bad full mock drafts are never right. And besides, if you look at the rest of the picks in that mock, it’s actually really bad. The rankings are all screwed up. Would love to get all three of those guys though.

    • Conor Cahill

      We can dream, right?

    • Stuart Adkins

      No DB’s?!

      • Conor Cahill

        Rushing linebacker could be just as effective for the defense (probably more effective than a rookie db)

  • alejandro

    if they are going to keep the 3-4 defense, they need a NT, Louis Nix (Notre Dame), Daniel McCullers (tenesse), and a LT in the first 2 rounds.

    • Conor Cahill

      If Nix ends up going in the top 5 or 10, I could actually get behind picking up McCullers mid-way through the first round. Reyes and Liuget play so much better with a solid nose in the middle. It could completely change the face of the front line.

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Nix, Kouandjio, Khalil Mack, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

    I’d be happy with any of those players

    • Conor Cahill

      you lost me at Ifo

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Definitely

  • Stefanie Smith

    Doesn’t the draft occur late in April or May 2014? Some day soon, I hope we are not talking about the draft in December… and instead talking about the play offs.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I think we will always be talking about the draft in December, no matter where we are in the standings. Just what we do

      • Conor Cahill

        Haha I just cant help myself

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          right. i have been talking about draft on Spin Zone for months. It is a never ending topic.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Anybody else concerned with the guards? I think it’s about time we replaced Clary, and a solid protector there would make Phil a ton more comfortable in the pocket. Remember his happy feet? That’s what happens when there’s so much pressure up the middle. Man, this offseason is going to be a HARD test for Telesco. So many needs and not enough ways to fix them.

    • Conor Cahill

      Guards are just much easier to ‘hide’ on the line. Tackles are the positions that are left on an island on almost every play against the best pass rushers. Luckily for us, our 2 best lineman are C and RT so RG is not a position of GREAT need (in my humble opinion)

      • Gunnar Martin

        True. Would still like some kind of upgrade there this offseason though.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Not my biggest concern. Troutman could end up being pretty good

  • RZ

    Defense…Best player available..and if Rex Ryan gets canned this year we should make him our “D” coordinator.

    • Conor Cahill

      strangely, after years of hating the guy, I agree with this

      • RZ

        I feel you on that one..haha, but I believe he would be a major upgrade over Pags…sorry Pags.I think the D would benefit greatly with RR as DC. and with guys coming back from Injuries next season and the Draft the D can be Mashers!! I can only wish for the best..

        • Conor Cahill

          A more aggressive defense would definitely be preferred. Dare I say he might even be able to make derek cox look at least average?

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            a pass rush might make cox look decent. i dont think he is as bad as he has been playing. but DANG he has looked terrible out there. Maybe if he could get some help from the safety some time. too bad our best safety is playing linebacker

  • Bolthead17

    If Nix is there, it would be a travesty to pass on him. If he’s gone then I say best player available on Defense

  • diomar espinal

    I think people have to remember TT isnt a GM that drafts based off need. Hes shown from his time in Indy and his first draft with the Chargers that for the most part he drafts based off the “best player available”. Maybe in the first round we will draft based off need but after that its going to be like last year. Hopefully he hits like he did last year because Fluke and Keenan are the truth!….Let me know what you guys think.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Touche. He does do that. But for the sake of pleasing our own limited imaginations, we have to pretend like he does draft by need. Hard to evaluate otherwise until our draft pick is set.

  • Will

    We need Jason Verrett. He’s definitely the best corner in the draft. I’ve watched his tape along with olomus, darqueze dennard, and Justin Gilbert, and verrett definitely stands out the most by far. Reminds me a lot of Richard Sherman. And read this: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000290090/article/tcu-cb-jason-verrett-shuts-down-baylor-wr-antwan-goodley

    • Conor Cahill

      Agreed. Jason Verrett or Justin Gilbert.

  • GPack

    Round 1: Verrett or Ekpre-Olomu
    Round 2: Cedric Ogbuechi or James Hurst
    Round 3: Some DT

  • Nate

    Dennard from Michigan State. Really good corner. Probably the best in the class at CB

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