2014 NFL Mock Draft: In Round 3, the Chargers make a TRADE!

Oct 19, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) is injured as he is sacked by Tennessee Volunteers defensive lineman Marlon Walls (58) and defensive lineman Daniel McCullers (98) during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

1st Round: OLB Vic Beasley

2nd Round: CB Jason Verrett

In the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Mock Draft, the Chargers were slated to select with the 79th overall pick. The 49ers own the 74th pick. According to Walterfootball.com, the Chargers and Niners were to select NT Daniel McCullers and DT Ed Stinson, respectively. However, since the 49ers run a quicker defense and the Chargers NEED a legit nose tackle, these picks make no sense. So, I propose a trade for the Chargers to move up to #74 and draft a mammoth of a Nose Tackle prospect, Daniel McCullers. Here’s what Walter Football has to say about McCullers:

 #74. San Diego Chargers: Daniel McCullers, NT, Tennessee 
The senior had 33 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss, one pass batted and .5 sacks in 2013. He wasn’t as good as expected, but played better against Georgia and Florida than he did versus Oregon. McCullers will play in the Senior Bowl.

McCullers stands at 6’8″, 360 lbs. He as an absolute truck. He wasn’t the game-changer that Tennessee hoped he would be this year, but he did post some pretty solid games against Georgie and Florida. The NT is still very raw, but is almost impossible to block one-on-one, which will force teams to double him and leave Liuget or Reyes open more often. McCullers can also collapse the pocket from the inside and has improving pass rush ability. As is usual for guys his size, he needs to work on his conditioning, as he was out of breath a lot at Tennessee. He is NOT a one-direction player though. Even at his size he has lateral quickness and good speed that would be a great addition to the inside of an already impressive defensive line. The Chargers just need someone to plug up the middle and Daniel McCullers is more than capable of that. He will need some work and professional coaching, but he could be a force in the NFL with his size.

Here you can see him just move people in 1-on-1 and swallow up doubles, freeing up outside rushers:

Well, that’s it for the 2014 NFL Mock Draft this week. I’ll try to make multi-round mocks a weekly thing going forward.

What do you guys think about the trio of defenders selected in the first 3 rounds?

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Topics: Daniel Mccullers, Ed Stinson, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Volunteers

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I honestly think the 3rd round is the round we get our NT, exactly what you said above and what I said in your 1st round mock the DE/DT pick at this spot is Walter not knowing a ton about our teams needs. He gets the basic needs but somehow missed we need a NT not another DT.

    Also I was digging McCullers but after reading up on him and watching video he’s slow the .5 sacks means he is not a pass rusher what so ever but he does take up alot of space a get doubled quite a bit which is what Te’o needs for sure. I don’t like that his coach talks not so well about him having a worse Senior year then they were expecting (he didn’t progress at all) . I Kinda like Dajuan Jones he looks like a bit more of a athlete and he should be there at our pick and not have to trade anything.

    • Conor Cahill

      I was also really big on McCullers going into the season but he really disappointed. He doesn’t appear to fit the bill of “loves to work and play football” that TT goes for

    • Conor Cahill

      But I agree, unless Louis Nix is available in the 1st, we should target a NT in the 3rd.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

  • Tazzster

    This mock draft leaves a lot to be desired.

    I think if Clowney, Barr and Mack are off the board when we get to draft, then we should probably go CB. (I know those 3 are supposed to be off the board, but maybe we trade up)

    So I think first round will be a CB. Justin Gilbert looks like a baller and a superior athlete. Watching his highlight real I was thinking Deon Sanders….

    Second round we should focus on the Defensive line. Perhaps we get lucky here and Nix falls to the second round because of injury issues. If not then we are looking at players like Kyle Van Noy or Carl Bradford.
    By the time you get to the third round you are probably looking for talent to develop, unless you find another Keenan Allen.

    But a lot of this depends how guys perform at the combine and how many juniors decide to play another year, as well as how well these players interview.

    • Gunnar Martin

      You nailed it. And I would be perfectly fine if we landed Gilbert in the first and Van Noy in the second. That would be EPIC.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        I second that, I like that pairing, the NT we get in the 3rd possibly could be a starter as well only Nix is projected 1st rounder after him its a drop off but the 3rd rounders guys could possibly start too.

    • Conor Cahill

      I would love that too, I just don’t see van not falling to the 40s

      • Tazzster

        I have Van Noy ranked 40th overall on my source website, but its really too early to tell what is going to happen.

        Plus I would not be surprised to see Nix fall to us in the second. Teams do not like to take risks on players with injuries. (for example… Keenan Allen)

  • Gunnar Martin

    He would also be our new backup OT, if you know what I mean.

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

    I still think we should take a shot at Baltimore’s Terrence Cody in FA first, over a third round project player. But, TT wants to build through the draft, probably. Still … Cody is young enough, but has experience playing behind a great NT on a superb defense. And, he played in Alabama. . There is somethin bout dem Bama boys… ask Fluker.

  • Will

    Jason Verrett in the second would be a dream come true but he’s Wayyy too good to fall that far

  • jeffrey scharf

    This mock is perfect so far!! But im not sure varrett will last till second round. He is a first round talent at cb and we def need him. If our draft went like this it would be perfect

  • ioane

    I hate the McCullers pick. He’s too tall to play nose tackle. He’s going to struggle to get leverage and will get washed. I rather we address NT in FA or see what a rotation of Lissemore and Jerideau has to offer. I hunk Jerideau will end being a good player for the position.

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