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Chargers 2014 NFL Draft Needs


The San Diego Chargers are in a much better position going into the draft this season compared to last season. There still are a few positions of need for this team. Here is what Daniel Jeremiah believe that the Chargers need going into this draft:

t16: San Diego Chargers
Record:
 7-7
Team needs: CB, OG, OLB
Analysis: The Chargers‘ offensive line has played much better this season, but they could still use an upgrade along the interior. They have spent a lot of picks on pass rushers over the last decade, but they’re still in the market for a difference-maker on the outside.

The secondary is huge going into this draft. We would likely need some help on the interior of the line and that left tackle position still may need to get someone who we can trust to stay on the field.

That is a decent list to start with for the Chargers, but we also need a nose tackle and probably a wide receiver. We will figure out what happens with the team in free agency, but if Donald Butler goes somewhere else, we will need another middle linebacker also.

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  • PakMaN

    I don’t see butler going anywhere else, especially after this season.

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

      Agreed. Plus, I just bought my Butler jersey, so that’s the end of that argument… he can’t leave now.

  • Tazzster

    First two picks should be a pass rusher and a corner back.

    Ernie, why a wide reciever? It seems like the recieving core is doing great right now… plus we have a couple of guys out on injury that could come back next year. I think reciever is one of our deepest postionions.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      not sure if DX or Malcom return. DX is a free agent and he has never been reliable. If Malcom returns, then no need for a receiver. Brown is doing better of late, but he has been a disappointment this year.

      • Joan Manuel Martinez

        Plus Royal is set to make $4.5 Mill next year and is often injured.

        • boltingindiego

          6 mil cap hit but we would save 4.5 if we cut him.

      • Calman21

        I don’t see a receiver being drafted this year (unless we get another Allen like steal). Too many needs to be addressed this time around. I expect this team to be much more competitive next year and even more so in 2015.

      • ioane

        Even if, they are both too injury prone for us to rely on. Royal is likely out to save us money. We need another WR, a big physical receiver with the speed to open the offense. I would rate Receiver higher than most.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Agree it all depends on Malcolm’s health, if he’s okay they have to take an RB between round 3-5, we know Mathews misses a half here and there.

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

    What do you guys think about getting Terrence Cody as a free agent Nose Tackle from the Ravens next year? Gruden was gushing over him, saying he will be highly sought after in the offseason. I looked at his stats, and nothing really jumps off of the page at me.. anyone have any opinions on that? He has learned behind Haloti Ngata, which can’t be too bad, right? He’s 6′ 4″, 349 lbs, and he DID play for Alabama.

    Also, whether we like it, or not… we have to address the center position soon. Not sure how many more years Hardwick will be here. It would be ideal for the new guy to learn behind Hardwick, before he retires, as he is our most reliable offensive lineman. Is that something people feel more comfortable picking up in free agency, or in the draft?

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

      Here’s a little blurb on him from NFL.com

      Cody is a massive body with natural power as an interior run stopper. He can push the pocket effectively with excellent natural power but needs to develop his hand use and expand his pass rush package. He is disruptive penetrating the line of scrimmage versus the run and will command double teams often. He is limited outside the tackle box but has decent range for a player of his stature. Cody has improved his reads and ability to leverage the blocker but will likely improve more at the next level. He fits best as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defensive front and is more of a two down player at this point.

    • Gunnar Martin

      You took the words straight out of my mouth. Kudos Pete

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I liked Cody coming out of college. I think he would be a great player for us. stats never really say anything for that nose spot.

    • Sergio Quintero

      The absolute definition of a Nose Tackle, he’s right up there with Linval Joseph as a target for the offseason.

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

        Yeah… I would prefer to have a more seasoned (yet still young) guy play the nose for us, rather than wait for someone to blossom. Especially a guy who played behind Ngata, and for one of the best defensive systems in NFL history.

  • Derek

    With freeny on contract we can wait till next yr to get a passrusher cb is a first rd need nt is second I like troughtman I think we can pick up a depth guard in free agency and go full defense in the draft, once he has all the pieces see if pagano is our guy. I’m also assuming we can get English back for cheap depth and tourek makes the leap in his seccond yr to a reliable passrusher.

  • ioane

    My official Mock for the Chargers:

    1. Darqueze Dennard CB – He’s displayed everything that you would want in a CB. Can play man, zone and run support.

    2. Jackson Jeffcoat OLB – underrated player in the draft and one of my favorite pass rushers in the draft. It’s in his blood, his dad was a stud pass rusher back in his time in the NFL. He’s long and lean and has long arms and a non stop motor.

    3. Donte Moncrief WR (he’s too talented to be here in the 3rd, but so was Allen.)

    4. Marion Grice RB – Mathews has been good this year, but we still need another RB to help out the rotation and be a capable runner if Mathews is either hurt or signs elsewhere. Ronnie Brown won’t be brought back and Grice is a great pick here unless guys like Carey or Sankey fall to this spot.

    5. Stanley Jean-babtiste CB – I’m dreaming here if I see this guy in the 5th. He’s solid with great size, still a bit raw but has room to grow. Double dipping here at CB but we need as much depth as possible.

    6. Brandon Thomas OL- could be solid depth for the line.

    7. Still looking at players that can bring some value late I. The draft.

    As you noticed, I didn’t mock a NT in my draft. The reason for that is because I feel we have a guy in Byron Jerideau who has great potential to fill that role. I watched a lot of him in S.Car and I loved what I saw.

    Dunlap and Harris should also be able to man the LT spot next year and we have solid depth at guard.

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

      Wow… I like all of that. Nice list.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I would take Van Noy over Jeffcoat, that guy is a great player in particular if he can raise his weight 245-250 lbs range.

  • Sergio Quintero

    No way is OG ahead of Nose Tackle in the needs for the chargers, I expect the chargers to resign Rinehart at money similar to his current 1.25 million he’s playing at right now, at worst they would replace him Troutmann. They may ask a paycut from Clary, but even then do you ask a reduction from the guy who has saved their bacon because he can play RT.

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

      Yes… they do ask him to take a pay cut. He has played pretty poorly. He has just been useful because he played RT when Dunlap went down… but, he isn’t good at either position.

      • Sergio Quintero

        You are right 5 million for Clary is way too much, 2-2.5 I could buy because of the versatility but no more.

        I loved the grade that Walter Football gave on the Clary signing in 2011, At this point, I’m convinced that Jeromey Clary has naked pictures of general manager A.J. Smith. There’s no other explicable reason why the Chargers would give such a terrible right tackle this much money. The Chargers should have found an upgrade for Clary years ago; they’ve failed to do so, and instead basically lit $20 million on fire.
        Millen on LSD lazed kielbasa score, F-

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

          Hahaha. .. I remember seeing that grade.