Mock Draft: Who The Experts Mocked To The Chargers

Jan 3, 2014; Orange, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive back Lamarcus Joyner (20) during practice for the BCS National Championship football game against the Auburn Tigers at Orange Coast College. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The main NFL sites have released their first NFL mock drafts of the season and we will be keeping track of all the selections during these mocks to see what everyone is thinking for the San Diego Chargers.

Here is the list of players that have been mocked to the Chargers this week:

Mel Kiper (ESPN): CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
Ian Rapoport (NFLN): CB LaMarcus Joyner, Florida St.
Bucky Brooks (NFL.com): CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
Daniel Jeremiah (NFL.com): CB LaMarcus Joyner, Florida St.
Charles Davis (NFL.com): TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Rob Rang (CBS Sports): CB Marcus Roberson, Florida
Dane Brugler (CBS Sports): OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame

Most of the experts are thinking that the Chargers will go for a player in the secondary with Bradley Roby and LaMarcus Joyner getting the most votes. Of the two players, Joyner is the more versatile player. He can play safety and he can also cover as a corner. He can also return kicks. His size will be his biggest question mark.

For some reason, Charles Davis mocked TE Jace Amaro to the Chargers. Amaro is a real good tight end, but we are not going to draft a tight end in the first round this season. We have much more issues on this team that need to be addressed. Antonio Gates is getting old, but we already have the future on the roster with Ladarius Green.

We will keep our eyes on the different mocks out there. Of the guys that have been mocked, which player would you like the Chargers to select>

Which player would you want to select from the different mocks?

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  • veazy

    Stay away from tosu, overrated as hell.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Tosu?? who are you referring to?

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    I’m guessing Charles Davis hasn’t even watched the Chargers this season. If he had, he would have gone defense instead of picking a player for a position that we seem to be pretty set at.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      yea… that was stupid

  • 619chargers4life

    9 out of 10 of the experts were wrong last season . I expect this draft to be no different .

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

      Agreed.

  • Gunnar Martin

    I would be extremely disappointed if TT picked any of the guys here. Shows you how much the “experts” know.

    • Jon Marine

      Heh heh… “experts”… heh heh…HA HA HA

      • Gunnar Martin

        Exaaaaactly.

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

      Agreed…

  • jcharge29

    Lamarcus Joyner? The man is a midget. He won’t survive in the NFL with that size. The only way he could make a living is if he is a nickle corner and we’re looking for a starter.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I like him, but I sure would feel better about taking an undersized CB with less than ideal speed in the second round, even if he is one heck of a player.

      • jcharge29

        “an undersized CB with less than ideal speed” and you would invest a high round draft pick in that? No. Absolutely not.

        • Sergio Quintero

          I said I would draft him in the second round, seems like a major stretch to take him in the first, he really is a very good player, excellent coverage technique, very good tackler, produces INT’s, but the physical skill set says no sooner than the 2nd round.

          • Gunnar Martin

            A second rounder is still considered a high pick.

          • jcharge29

            He’s not going to make it in the NFL with that size on him. Stop deluding yourself. If anything, he’s a nickle back on third down situations. We need a starter who can go vertical and Joyner isn’t that type of player. He isn’t going to last because all someone has to do is put a tall WR on him and he’ll get burned faster than a thin slice of bread in a toaster set to the highest level. No to Lamarcus Joyner. Move on.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Joyner is 5’8 and Verrett is 5’10 and whole bunch of scouts think Verrett is a lot closer to 5’8 than the listed 5’10 but you like him. Brent Grimes is 5’9 and Tim Jennings is 5’8 both are pro bowl level corners, Joyner is basically a consensus top 40 player in this draft, somebody is going to take before the second round is over.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            I like Jason Verrett better than Joyner.

            Even though Verrett is 5’10 you have to love the way he plays.
            I read somewhere that if Verrett was 2 Inches taller he’d be a Top 5 pick.

  • Sergio Quintero

    None of the above, all of these picks are very need based with several better players getting passed over for need. I doubt the chargers take a LT, I think the chargers are impressed by King Dunlap, and they’ll give a shot to Mike Harris for any games he misses, since he actually played well this past season.

    So eliminate the OT Martin from the list, and to choose from second round level corners, or a first round level WR like say Marqise Lee or Kelvin Benjamin, or a higher rated pass rusher like say Vic Beasley, Scott Crichton or Kyle Van Noy, put me down for a OLB or WR.

    • serg21

      Vic Beasley is going back to school

      • Sergio Quintero

        Just went to check you are right, too bad seem to be a player who fit at around the chargers pick.

    • David Howell

      A colleague who follows the college game a lot more than me is very keen on Van Noy. If he’s right on him, I’d be very pleased to have him at the Chargers. Quality pass rush can neuter even the best offenses, and we’ve got a few of those on tap for 2014 (NFC West for the interconference games, the threats in our division). It’ll ease the pressure on the DBs, anyway.

      I think we can get by without using an early pick on a potential WR2. With the RBs and TEs we have, we can pass out of a 1WR set. If we take a speedy corner early on, we could even have him play a little offense as a field stretching presence on passing downs, though there might be a playbook learning issue there.

  • Xia

    Jason Verrett
    Darqueze Denard
    Louis Nix III

    I would live happy if any of these are our draft choices

    • jcharge29

      Verrett? Yes. Nix? Absolutely. Dennard? Hell to the no! Darqueze Dennard is as overrated as they come. He’s CB who gets away with a lot of holding in college on account that he isn’t fast or athletic enough to keep up with athletically superior WRs.

      • Xia

        What do you think of Justin Gilbert, may I ask?

        • jcharge29

          I think he is the type of CB teams should invest in. Year after year, WRs and TEs are coming out of school more faster and athletic than ever, so it makes sense to look at DBs who can match these pass-catchers pound for pound in terms of athleticism and Gilbert is the most athletic DB in this entire draft class in terms of height, speed and technique. He’s also a dynamic KR as well. I think Gilbert should be the first CB off the board.

          • Nick in PB

            I like Gilbert. If he’s available in the first round I would take him before the others if we go corner in the first round. We have enough needs that Tolesco will take the best player available in the first round at any position of need. If we don’t take a corner in the first, I would love to get EJ Gaines in the second.

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        I think you’re dead wrong on Dennard.

        Watching him play brings a smile to my face.
        He’s the one Corner I watch and say wow.

        No way is Dennard around when we get to pick.

        • jcharge29

          No I’m not. He’s overrated and his play proves it. Average speed, average physicality, uses his hands way too much. He’s not that good. I even asked a draft analyst on CBSSports.com about him and he pretty much agreed with me.

          Dane Brugler 12/22/13

          to me

          “I don’t disagree w/ much of what you’re saying. His (Dennard’s) downfield aggressive nature won’t fly in the NFL and he’ll be target quite a bit for that. He doesn’t have elite speed or athleticism, but it’s good enough. He’s smart, heady and instinctive and puts himself in good position to make plays on the ball. He’s not in the same convo as Revis or some other top CBs, but I think mid-to-late 1st is a decent spot for him, although I don’t know if I would take him that high.”

          I wouldn’t waste a first round pick on Dennard if my life depended on it.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            Average Physicality? Isn’t Dennard best known for his physicality?
            Not to mention he’s the best run stopping Corner in the Draft.
            He isn’t afraid to tackle at all.

            Richard Sherman had average speed. Keenan Allen had average speed.
            How’d they turn out?

            “Dennard is an aggressive cover man both at the line of scrimmage and down the field. He uses his hands well to redirect wide receivers off the ball and then uses one hand to ride the receiver down the field. Dennard rides the hip pocket and has shown the speed to stick with receivers down the field. He’s also proven his instincts and can jump routes or attack the ball.”

            “Dennard may have to learn to better hide his hand-checks in the NFL—where penalties are called more often—but his footwork and aggressiveness are pro-ready.”

            NFL Coaching will only make him better!

          • jcharge29

            Doubt it. I just don’t see an elite CB at the next level when it comes to him. He’s not really that impressive.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            If you’re only argument is “average speed” it’s a bad one.
            But will agree to disagree.

          • jcharge29

            Well there is nothing to agree with because we won’t take him. Some poor team is going to take him higher than he should go and he won’t fall to the Chargers pick. Also you proved my point where you said “Dennard may have to learn to better hide his hand-checks in the NFL—where penalties are called more often” If he is such a good CB, why should he have to use his hands at all if his “footwork and aggressiveness” are so “pro-ready”? If he played the position more cleanly, maybe just maybe you would have a chance at winning this argument.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            Lol you don’t seem to understand the concept of press man coverage.

            You have to have good footwork, aggressiveness and be able to use your hands. Simple as that.

            I did say “Dennard may have to learn to better hide his hand-checks in the NFL—where penalties are called more often”

            But i did also say NFL coaching will only make him better.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            Average Physicality? Isn’t Dennard best known for his physicality?
            Not to mention he’s the best run stopping Corner in the Draft.
            He isn’t afraid to tackle at all.

            Richard Sherman had average speed. Keenan Allen had average speed.
            How’d they turn out?

            “Dennard is an aggressive cover man both at the line of scrimmage and down the field. He uses his hands well to redirect wide receivers off the ball and then uses one hand to ride the receiver down the field. Dennard rides the hip pocket and has shown the speed to stick with receivers down the field. He’s also proven his instincts and can jump routes or attack the ball.”

            “Dennard may have to learn to better hide his hand-checks in the NFL—where penalties are called more often—but his footwork and aggressiveness are pro-ready.”

            NFL Coaching will only make him better!

    • Sergio Quintero

      Verrett seems to be prospect that is falling, most mocks have him going in the 2nd-3rd round, seems like Nix and Denard will be long gone by the chargers pick.

  • serg21

    Forget drafting a corner get one from free agency the secondary free agency is packed this year

    • Gunnar Martin

      The problem is that we are already over the cap. Even if we get under, we’ll still have to leave room for Butler’s new contract as well as the ones for our draft picks. We really don’t have that much flexibility for free agency.

  • serg21

    I wouldn’t mind drafting another receiver like Allen Robinson

  • blu3ny3llow

    None of the above!!!!!!!!!PLEASE!!!!!

  • serg21

    Kyle van noy or Allen Robinson please

  • Conor Cahill

    Not Roby.

  • Daryl Peek

    I think I recall seeing Bleacher Report with us selecting Kyle Van Noy. I wasn’t up on him but after watching some of his highlights, that kid jumps out at you on tape! Very instinctual like a cross between Seau and Vontaze Burfict in blowing a play up. Explosive and looks long and lean like a Jason Taylor. OLB, MLB versatility. IDK where he’s truly projected but I be willing to bet his stock will rise if he runs well at the combine.

  • tbell11

    I like Marcus Robertson the best because he’s proven to be a shut down corner in college and he has the highest upside of the corners. He might get picked by the Bengals before us though. The Chargers already have a nickel CB in Gilchrist and Stevie Williams from Cal who we picked last year but got injured. I’m really liking Michael Sam as a pass rusher from Missouri in round 2. Then DT DeAndre Coleman from Cal in round 3 would be nice.

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      I like Roberson too.

      But he hates to tackle even worse than Cromartie.
      And that’s saying something.

  • Nick in PB

    Not impressed with any of those guys on the list. I love mock drafts for the fun of it but these dudes don’t exactly know what the Chargers need. I like CB but we already drafted a smallish CB last season (Williams) and he seems like a good one. We just don’t need another. Take EJ Gains in the second round.

  • Bolthead17

    If we can’t get Nix or a top LT then I seriously hope HaHa Clinton-Dix falls to us

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i love HaHa!

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

    I expect TT to draft nobody that anyone forecasted, and have 2 of them get nominated for multiple awards. That’s why he is awesome.

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