San Diego Chargers Should Not Draft A Corner In First Round

Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright (29) celebrates at the end of the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers should not draft a corner in the first round of the draft.

“Isn’t that the biggest need for the Chargers!?! You are stupid and that makes no sense!” – some dude that has never heard me say my half crazy things

Seriously! The depth at the corner position in this draft is deep and the level of talent from the first round to the next round is not that different. We can’t say the same for the other positions in the draft. Who is even the top corner in this draft?

Darqueze Dennard? Justin Gilbert? Jason Verrett? Those guys might not be available by the time we select in the draft. Is Pierre Desir, Stanley Jean-Baptiste or Keith McGill that big of a difference from who would be available in the first?

Why waste a first round draft pick for a corner that you can get in the next round, when you can upgrade other positions on the roster?

The Chargers could pick up a linebacker, a defensive tackle, a safety or a top wide receiver at that selection and still get a corner later in the draft. There are plenty of different directions that the Chargers could go with that selection and corner doesn’t seem to be the best direction.

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  • Arthur Rose III

    I actually don’t disagree, and I don’t know how to feel about that.

  • Derek

    We need a starter. Not a give him a yr due to injury or acclimation to nfl speed and pass interference definition. This draft is deep with cb, dt, and wr. But how many drafts yield multiple starting cb’s I’m not even talking superstar. It took Richard Sherman 2 yrs in the nfl to be the cb he is today. I think we should give up a next yr pick to move up a few. I’ll explain why. This yr fa is full of cb’s (grimes, Tillman, talib, Peterson, verner, browner) so I hope some of the teams ahead of us will splurge on them. We have a top notch o line coach so we can ask him to make something out of our Oline for 1 more season. We have freeny as a passrusher for 1 more yr and worst case we can cut cox and use the space to get another if 93 gets hurt again. Cb is our upmost need. I think our defense will really come together this season. After that it’s giving Phillip a tall guy on the outside to throw to and a big one in the middle to keep him safe

    • Cgoodness13

      Shhhhh your not suppose to talk about Sherman, he doesn’t like when people talk about him lol

      • 619chargers4life

        Hahaha lol

    • Bolthead17

      I am not a fan of trading away picks unless you are sure to land a bonafide superstar which I see nowhere in this draft. Stay put and take the BPA unless it’s QB or RB in the first two rounds and then go for needs

      • Derek

        It’s a risk but from what I see Gilbert is a finished product. He is top 5 cb from the last 3 classes. And due to our roster being solid I say he’s worth spending next yrs 3rd and maybe this yrs 4th to swap 1st rd spots with cowboys ravens browns

  • 619chargers4life

    My thoughts exactly . I’ve felt this way for a while now . I think we’re going OLB or NT . if there is going to be a shortage of OLB talent in the 2015 draft I can see us picking one in the 1st of this years draft .

    • Sergio Quintero

      It just seems that the only NT that are actual improvements to the chargers current NT are the 2 guys from Notre Dame, that 95% of the mocks have taken before the chargers pick at 25.

      Seems like pick 25, will be either a OLB or a WR. It would be awesome if Floyd could play in 2014, it just doesn’t sound good at all.

  • Cgoodness13

    We’ll have to see how FA goes, I expect TT to sign at least 1 CB who can start Wright should be decent next year, Williams should be a excellent NB. SS is a big “?” with Taylor coming back from surgery, Addae coming back from a decent year, and Gilchrist coming back from a wildly mediocre year. NT is a big priority with Thomas playing out of position (though that could be Paganos fault). We need a Pass Rusher to replace Johnson and Freeney when their contracts run up. And we could use a Guard to maul next to Fluker or to tank next to Dunlap

    • Daryl Peek

      Agreed

    • Sergio Quintero

      I just hope there is enough money for a NT, CB and resigning Donald Butler, it seems inevitable they need to do some contract maneuvering with Rivers, Weddle & Gates, and cut multiple players.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        i am wondering if floyd and freeney retires… seems like a possibility on both.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Its sad listening to Floyd and his desire to play, but the fact he sleeps with a neck brace, it sounds like he needs a miracle to get back to the field. I haven’t heard anything from Freeney and a desire to retire, i’m not against it, his cap number can be useful for other needs.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      so many needs!!!! but agree with all of them

  • Jerello

    I agree! Thank you!

    Kelvin Benjamin anyone? Stanley Jean-Baptiste in the 2nd?

    • Sergio Quintero

      In terms of talent he’s well worth the 25th pick, but my only issue with Benjamin is he’s really raw & inconsistent, and probably will be a non-factor for his first year and half, he’s a top 10 talent and that’s why you take him. Lets remember Vincent Jackson was basically invisible his first 2 seasons, so we have seen the development game before.

      Its just hard to draft a developmental player, when trying to go into a playoff push, it would be awesome if by some miracle Marqise Lee would drop to them, not getting my hopes up though.

      • Julien Bélair

        I would take allen Robinson before Lee. The guy is 6’3 210 and he has speed and play making ablities. TTsaid he wants more speed. Go after that guy TT

        • Sergio Quintero

          I like Robinson more than Benjamin, in particular to produce early, I want to see how Robinson runs in the combine some sites have him in the in the mid 4.5 range, but he’s definitely in my cluster of players to watch at pick 25.

          • Julien Bélair

            yeah me too

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i would take Lee in a heart beat!! dude is ridiculous after the catch. the team of allen and lee would be ridiculous.

          • Julien Bélair

            you would take Lee before Robinson ?

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            i would…. and i like robinson a lot too

          • Julien Bélair

            Both would be great in bolts uniform for sure but I do have a je ne sais quoi for Robinson. He also brings a bigger body. But i’m not a scout I don’t know which one is better in terms of route running.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            i hear you… I think either would be epic for our offense. I just love seeing Lee’s ability after the catch and his ability to return kicks as well.

          • Julien Bélair

            who is better Lee or Robinson for returning kicks?

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          not a desire to retire.. .just the bad quad tear that could keep him from getting back on the field in the manner that he would like.

      • Derek

        But we didn’t spend a 1st rd on Vincent so if the scouts do their job they won’t have to drop a 1st on benjamin

    • Derek

      Kelvin is way too raw to get picked in the first rd. he is as good as that wr that went to the Vikings who is only good when they Taylor plays to him. Kelvin needs atleast a yr to develop and there’s no time for that with weddle aging along with hardwick

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      not a huge kelvin fan… but wouldn’t mind if we went for a wide receiver… i would love if Marqise lee somehow slipped down the draft.

  • Rob Base

    Agree! You do have a solid point there is depth…. soooo I say go with Van Noy in the 1st! Lol

    • Sergio Quintero

      I was so impressed with Dee Ford in the senior bowl, Clowney, Barr & Mack should be long gone by 25, so for a OLB I’ll go with Ford, Van Noy then Crichton.

      • Derek

        The senior bowl is set up so the defense can show off. Van noy is great but dee ford is deff not first round material. Put this in perspective we found Shawn Phillips in the fourth. Besides we drafted a passrusher last yr

        • Sergio Quintero

          Bruce Irvin got picked early in the draft I find it hard to believe that Ford gets passed by pick 40 at the most. I like both Van Noy & Ford, I liked Ford before the Senior Bowl he was a flashed a lot in the Auburn games I saw, and the level of competition he faced in the SEC can’t be argued.

          After Ingram, I’m just not buying the pass rushers in the chargers roster, I hope Freeney has something left, English should be gone, and JJ is average at best, the chargers will take a pass rusher in one of their first 3 picks.

          • Derek

            Dee prob will get picked before 40 but hopefully not by us. Yeah Irvin got picked and look how productive he has been since Avril arrived. Sec can be tricky look how productive Jarvis jones turned out to be….. I agree Ingram is about the only one we can deff count on next season but also a top cb will make our rush better. Peyton has picked on marshal to tire our rushers out with short passes. I think tourek will get better next season to be a passrusher I think kaiser is always gonna be a depth guy along with walker. But we can find a rusher in the 3rd or 2nd or pick off one of these teams switching to 4-3 (browns)

      • Rob Base

        I think Ford will be gone. Van Noy is a solid pick and if he’s still on board at 25 Bolts should jump on that right away.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Ford made himself a lot of money Senior Bowl week, i have always liked speed rushers, in particular if you can find that slow footed right tackle to make him his turnstile the entire game.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        i would love Ford… big Ford fan!

  • Derek

    We just bought a cb, I know he isn’t working out. But we aren’t the browns, Tt will give him more than a yr. but I trust he’ll still draft a cb prob not in first, might get Colvin later due to his acl. I’m pretty sure most of y’all don’t like cox because y’all never heard of him before the trade if he was Rogers cromartie or flowers or Carr y’all wouldn’t have grabbed the torches and pitchforks so quick. But do the hw. He wasn’t a shutdown corner but he was solid besides some injuries till this point. He might have been trying to play through one.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Are you serious? Before we signed him, I liked him more than Rodgers-Cromartie, Flowers, AND Carr. I thought we hit a home run. But then I saw him play in a Bolt uniform and he looked like a whole different player…

      I do hope we get Colvin later in the draft though. That’s some big-time pay-off down the road.

      • Derek

        Trust me ur a minority. And to ppl who say this I bring up Jarrett Johnson’s first ur here vs his 2nd and 3rd sometimes it takes a season for players to get comfortable in a new system. I still think he can turn it around. Looking at his history such a steep fall makes no sense on its own. I stand by he was hurt or just not comfortable

        • Gunnar Martin

          I really don’t know what to think about him. From this point on, I’m just gonna go with what TT decides and be happy with it.

  • Jonah Lee

    That’s sound judgment!!
    Hopefully Tom Telesco reads this article!

  • Gunnar Martin

    I agree with you here Ernie. Besides, Telesco drafts by best player available. It’s possible, but I doubt the best player available at our draft position will be a corner.

  • diomar espinal

    One guy who i pray we get is that Robert Herron kid. People where saying TT is in search of the next TY and wow after watching the practices and senior Bowl that guy is the real deal. He was just like keenan abusing the press man except he was way faster. If you guys go back and watch on the play that dee ford sacks Logan from the top of the screen, robert is matched up with keith mcgill. Robert gives him an insanely quick hesitation double move that makes Mcgill fall. Safe to say keith Mcgills draft stock fell right there for me lol In all seriousness i felt stanley jean outperformed him anyway and plain looked smoother turning his hips. Not to mention he is a real good tackler for his position.

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  • Derek

    If we don’t go cb we should go with nt and get ej Gaines and maybe Colvin too

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