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

2014 NFL Mock Draft: The San Diego Chargers Select

Time to check in on the latest of the mock drafts around FanSided. This one is coming from  With The First Pick. I probably will start making my own one of these soon. Depends on how much time I got on my hands. Mainly because every mock draft I see selects a player I really don’t want with our first round pick.

Here is the pick from With The First Pick.

16. San Diego Chargers Cyrus Kouandjio, OT Alabama

It is conceivably possibly the Chargers could go with King Dunlap since he has been much better this year than he was at any time in his career with the Eagles, but they may not want to bet on that happening again.  More likely, they will pair up Kouandjio as a bookend with his former teammate D.J. Fluker and give them a solid group to protect Philip Rivers.  Kouandjio is somewhat similar to former Charger Marcus McNeil.

Don’t get me wrong. This is not a bad pick. Having a pair of Alabama bookends on the offensive line sounds amazing to me, but our biggest need is on the defensive side of the football and Louis Nix is sitting there for the taking. We need help in the secondary also. If we select a left tackle, I won’t be mad, just would have to wait to see what we get in the following rounds again.

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  • chargersfanfromswitzerland

    iam all for nix in the first if he`s there the time we pick!!

  • blu3ny3llow

    I would prefer Cameron erving from Florida state or Antonio Richardson from TeX if they go O line

  • chargers760

    We could pick up tim Jennings or major wright the bear have so many free agents I don’t think they will sign them all jennings is a monster at cb and wright is having a sold year at safety

    • Ernie Padaon

      would love both of them. need all kinds of help in that secondary. i bet we make a play in free agency for some of that secondary help

  • ioane

    He’s my favorite LT in the draft. He’s really athletic and has a high ceiling. This guy is still scratching the surface of his immense talent. I would take him in a heart beat, I just don’t see him dropping out of the top 10.

    I’ve been known to be a huge Nix fan but those knees have to be of some concern, I think he has a chance to slip to us because of the injury. If I had to choose between the two, I would take Cyrus and go after Linval Joseph of the Giants to fill the NT position.

    I would also hope the Chargers draft Jackson Jeffcoat in the 2nd round and CB Jean-Babtiste later on.

    I’ll leave my trust with TT he had a great draft his first year, so I believe he’ll do it again.

    • Tazzster

      I agree with the Nix concerns. I would have trouble spending the number 1 pick on someone who has injury history.

      • NativeSanDiegan

        Especially NT where his knees are taking a constant beating.

  • boltage89

    I think our lack of push rush should be the first priority that should be address, the protection seem to be fine when all the starting linemen are playing. Louis Nix is a beast and with reyes, ingram, liuget, and freeney starting that will make our CB’s job easier.

  • Tazzster

    I think with the #1 pick you need an impact player. Not just a starter, but a guy who is going to make an impact. The defense is our biggest need right now, so I think you have to draft a defensive player. The areas of major concern are the D-Line and pass coverage. It seems that you would get a bigger impact player by taking a D lineman (maybe I am wrong there… I don’t know). Taking a CB seems risky, because you need that impact player. You need a guy who can cover a #1 reciever 1 on 1. So, not just a ‘good’ cornerback, but a GREAT one.
    However, we have a group of 3rd round pass coverage talent and they have not been doing much for us. Maybe it is time to take that 1st round CB. I think with a solid lock down guy in there that unit would become much better, but I am just a fan who posts on the internet – what the heck do I know?

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Word can’t be mad with that beast, but like you said LT would be cool but we need some D.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Not the best player available, nor the most needed position. I would be disappointed if this happened.

    • ioane

      We are likely drafting anywhere from 12-18. So Cyrus would be the best available if he fell to us especially considering the position that he plays. King Dunlap has been a stud for us, a lot better than we all expected. But he’s had 2-3 concussions already this season. He can’t endure anymore of those. If Dunlap ends up getting hurt and IR’d early next year, than LT immediately becomes the most important position of need.

      If you guys want to talk about drafting an impact player, than look at what DJ Fluker has done to improve this line. Adding another solid piece like Cyrus will give us an even better line which will give our offense even more opportunities for many years to come.

      I’m all for drafting a pass rusher, but who’s going to be there when we pick? Unless MACK falls to us, I would take Cyrus over a CB any day.

      Besides, this Draft is deep with the CB position. Mind you, CB’s can take awhile to pay dividends.

      The only way that I would pass on Cyrus if Khail Mack is still available, but I would even rate Cyrus over Mack.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Well you obviously feel very strongly about that, so I’m not going to argue about it much. But I don’t really like the prospect of taking Cyrus over someone over like Antonio Richardson because his footwork isn’t the greatest. I guess he could’ve improved since the last time I saw him play this year, but he looked like he would take a while to develop at the next level. I’d be much more comfortable going with a different tackle, or even better, position.

  • Nick in PB

    Tough call. I don’t think I have made my mind up yet. OT, CB, OLB/pass rusher would all be high on my list. I like what Lissmore has done so far at NT. I liked Harris at OT when he was healthy. Big improvement from last year. But that still only leaves us with injury prone tackles on the left side. I still think CB is our greatest need.