Oct 26, 2013; Ames, IA, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert (4) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

McShay 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Chargers Select…

Mock drafts are flowing everywhere. I know there are so many things that are going to change before the actual draft comes upon us, but it is still fun to see who people project as our pick. Here is the selection from ESPN Expert TOdd McShay in his first mock of the season:

Justin Gilbert
San Diego Chargers (7-7)
COLLEGE: Oklahoma State
AGE: 22
HT: 6-0
WT: 200
Analysis: The Chargers’ top need is a pass-rushing 3-4 outside linebacker, so if Buffalo’s Khalil Mack drops to this spot, he’s the slam-dunk pick. But with him off the board in this scenario, there really isn’t another 3-4 OLB who belongs in the first round. San Diego also needs O-line help, but I think Gilbert could be the pick here. He came back hungry this season after a subpar 2012 campaign, and proved to be one of the top cornerbacks in college football. He is a playmaker who is good both in coverage and versus the run, and he has very good size for the position. Other CB options include Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard.

I have seen Gilbert selected in a few mocks out there. Chargers fans might want to take a look at Gilbert’s tape to see what the kid is all about. He seems to be someone who the Chargers could have their eyes on.

We need help in the secondary. A new corner to play opposite of Shareece Wright would be welcomed. Gilbert also could help in the special tams in the return game.

Here is some highlights on Gilbert:

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  • Gunnar Martin

    I really love this pick. Not only offers Pro-Bowl potential at corner, but also has great play-making ability in the return game. Kind of Patrick Peterson-esque.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      I like where your going with that, good call.

  • navw21

    This is the guy I want picked. Can play man and zone well. Would quickly become a shutdown corner and take away half the field. As well as a legitimate return man.

  • ioane

    Like he said, unless Mack is there we should CO

  • Sergio Quintero

    The most physically gifted corner in the draft, Dennard is probably a better player at this point, but Gilbert has a higher ceiling, seems like a logical pick.

    If the chargers win their last 2 games no way do they sniff a Khalil Mack, my guess if they pick at around 16-18, so its the best corner available or settle for one second tier pass rushers. I really like Trent Murphy from Stanford, team him with Keiser and they could have a Stanford all star team at OLB.

    I expect the chargers to gamble on the health of King Dunlap for next year, I believe they will hope to get 12-14 games out of him, and have Mike Harris or Fluker play the games he misses.

  • Tazzster

    Love the highlights. Looks like he would be a pro-bowl player.

    If he was our first rounder, I would not complain.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Would he be the #1 starter? He would have to cover some crazy talent, but I also don’t really see Wright as a #1 either so maybe the rookie would be the #1 guy, that could be tough for a rookie or work out really well.

  • jcharge29

    Even though our biggest need in the draft is DT, I wouldn’t mind a player like Gilbert if Nix or a can’t miss prospect is off the board.

    • Derek

      But a superstar nt doesn’t have as much of an effect as a pair of above average corners coupled with weddle. I think we can buy the best nt available and let our undrafted ones develop

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        My early 3 round mock

        1st Round – Louis Nix
        2nd Round – Trent Murphy
        3rd Round – Bradley Roby

        • Derek

          I got no problems with that draft just hope robys issues are coachable like Amerson ohio state usually put out great DBS. Not sure we need a olb so early with freeny back I say we trade dwn to late second and pick up roby and bpa

          • boltingindiego

            i doubt we will keep freeney next year he has a 5.125 cap hit and if we cut him we would save 3.5. He was a replacement for melv this year that didn’t pan out.

          • Derek

            I hope we keep him on the cheap he can teach our passrusher some moves and tips on dealing with injuries and how to play offensive linemen

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            That’s TT’s boy man of course he is keeping him.

          • boltingindiego

            not for that price and with our limited cap space.

      • jcharge29

        Can we buy a DT though? What is our cap situation in 2014? Will we have enough to buy a DT and even if we do, who is out there?

        • Derek

          Look at the latest post, dts are cheaper than cb’s I’d rather buy a nt and draft a cb

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      I remember jcharge29 on the Espn Forums.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    We should see if we could get this dude for a workout (Pats already worked out #3 sack leader Law), he’s 30 but lead the entire CFL in sacks with 18 and he’s exactly the same size and Melvin and he has progressed every season. He could be Melvins twin backup next year haha

    He can also bust out some serious dance moves and gets his other mates involved.

    • arnie

      True. There is gaping hole that will need to be filled with English gone, an JJ on the last year of his deal.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        There’s a 6″1 185lb Cb that had 7 ints and 2 sacks, 25 years old.

  • Julien Bélair

    if gilbert is taken and of course Mack, I would take Beasley. He seems explosive and we need a pass rusher badly

  • 619chargers4life

    my gut tells me we wont select a corner in the 1st . its just to risky. if you look at TT history with the colts, they selected a corner if the 1st just once and during that draft they also selected a corner in the 2nd.the first rounder didnt really pan out. we were all shocked about the Fluker pick but turns out to be one of, if not the best OL in that draft. i expect Tom not to get cute and continue to build in the trenches LT or NT. i think Corey and Reyes deserve a top notch NT. our DE’s are young but beasty. add a top notch NT that can get pressure and our corners will shine regardless and our front would be together for years to come if they can all stay healthy.

    • zeus619

      I agree. With a draft deep in CB I think it would be good to address another position. A player like Lamarcus Joyner should be there in second, a hard hitting corner who can tackle. Kyle Van Noy would be a player to consider in the first, he would give us another option at outside linebacker to pair with Ingram and Johnson.

      • 619chargers4life

        Agree with u on that as well

  • Derek

    I think Mack is gonna have less of an impact than dion Jordan due to the jack of all trades master of none quality they share. I rather shaizer because of sideline to sideline coverage to eventually replace Jarrett or Kyle van noy for his blitzing either would make our defense thrive.

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