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Chargers will get a good player at 25


Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas Christian defensive back Jason Verrett runs the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers will get a good football player at pick 25. Some have proposed that they trade up to get a Justin Gilbert or Khalil Mack. Great players for sure (and more than one Charger fan would leap for joy should either fall to 25), but since this is one of the deepest drafts of all time, it seems obvious that they should and will keep all of their picks. With the way Tom Telesco and staff have shown they can draft, it seems that keeping picks, present and future, is the wisest course of action.

 Since predicting the top part of the draft is a wild proposition, trying to figure out who will be there when the Chargers draft is an exercise in futility. But does that mean we don’t try? Hardly.

 By now, the Charger needs have been well discussed: corner back and rush linebacker stand out, but we could use a franchise left tackle, depth on the both lines, a wide receiver or two, and even a stud safety. Frankly, every team in the NFL can use a stud at any position and would probably draft such a player if he fell inexplicably.

 So that leaves us with analyzing likely scenarios and what would be the best course of action. We’ll set aside the stud falling scenario because it’s just not prudent to make such predictions. No one thought that Melvin Ingram would be there for the Chargers two years ago, but that just made the selection easy. That leaves us with looking at the overall draft and determining what positions will be strongest later in the draft to help drive our first selection.

One logical train of thought says that corner back is deep in this draft. Stud rush linebackers do not grow on trees. If Dee Ford or Kony Ealy make it to 25, and several mocks suggest that they might, the Chargers first round choice is rather simple.

Option two would be to take a cornerback, but there is no need to reach for second round talent. It is not likely that Justin Gilbert will be there, and this list is not long. Darqueze Dennard and Jason Verrett are two that top the list with a “perhaps” reserved for Bradley Roby and Marcus Roberson. No other corner is worthy of the 25th pick. Lamarcus Joyner is another possibility, but his size puts him right in line with last year’s selection of Steve Williams and does not seem like the best avenue to pursue.

Going with a third option would be to find a starter for the offensive line. Again, no reaching. Zack Martin tops the list of players who “may be available at 25,” but even hoping he makes it to 25 might be wishful thinking. If any of the following were available, the Chargers could do far worse than drafting them: Taylor Lewan, Cyrus Kouandjio, or Morgan Moses (the latter being more of a last resort option). Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews will be gone.

A fourth option is looking at the defensive line. There are some very interesting choices here. Timmy Jernigan, Louis Nix III, Ra’Shede Hageman, Aaron Donald, and Stephon Tuitt all are promising options. The first two would be strong considerations regardless of who fell to 25. The remaining three would be good pick-ups if the rest of our options didn’t fare well.

Coming in at option 5 would be a safety. Two stand out: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor. Both players would solidify our secondary and would free up Eric Weddle a bit. Jahleel Addai has shown great promise and playmaking ability, so safety is not a top priority, but either of these players would make the Chargers better. Another very interesting choice is Deone Bucannon. Although most likely a second round pick, he has tremendous upside.

Option six would be a wideout with some size or some exceptional speed (or both). Marquise Lee Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham Jr., and Kelvin Benjamin are all intriguing. It would probably be better for the Chargers to get a receiver later in the draft (another deep position), but any of these guys would look good opposite Keenan Allen.

As with all of the guessing, it is easy to argue that several of these players at all positions will be gone by 25. But regardless of what actually does happen, one of the players mentioned above has to fall to the Chargers. Omitting several players who most likely will be gone leaves the Chargers with a solid first round pick. Telesco is not likely to make the mistake of reaching, the only real mistake he can make, because he seems to understand how to draft. He certainly has a tough act to follow on the heels of last year’s success, but here’s to hoping lightning strikes twice.

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  • serg21

    I think it’s in this order
    1CB
    2 any where on the defensive line
    3 wide receiver
    4 offensive line
    this is my order for priorities in the first round

    • Julien Bélair

      NT before CB (depends on FA of course)

  • Julien Bélair

    my choice goes like this :
    1: Nix
    2: Gilbert (not gonna happen) Dennard (probably not gonna happen) Verrett
    3. Lee or Beckham or Boldin
    4. Dee Ford
    5: damn wtf everybody is gone????? a Guard…

    • Sergio Quintero

      Free agency will tell us about Nix, a WR will be the best value not the biggest need is the big draft question. My early guess is Verrett just ahead of Ford because of better history of health.

      • Julien Bélair

        I think very highly of Verrett the kid can be special. He is my pick if Nix is picked or we sign Joseph in FA. If he is not there a WR would absolutely be my choice

  • 619chargers4life

    This draft is so deep I think if we had multiple picks, like 3 of them, in the 2nd, we would turn out another grade A draft. I hope TT works some kind of magic . And I’m sure he will, trade or no trade.

  • Julien Bélair

    off topic but damn Eagles just sign Maclin !

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

      Doh…. sorry for Sergio… I know that was his guy. That sucks = /

      • Julien Bélair

        Mine too but 6 mil for one year … I’ll pass and take a wr in the draft

      • Sergio Quintero

        I wanted the NT and corner first in free agency, but I’m more down with Andre Roberts at a very reasonable number.

  • Cgoodness13

    i have a feeling TT is going to sign a new starting CB and NT in FA so i think we go Guard in the 1st

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      or wide receiver.

    • Sergio Quintero

      All guards seem to be taken in the 2nd round in the mocks, I can definitely see one taken at pick 57.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        If Martin and Su’a Filo go in the 1st Serg. owes me dinner!

        • Sergio Quintero

          Simple rules 2 OG’s, announced by Goddell in the first 32 picks, if Martin gets announced as OT he’s OT.

          Do I get anything if they’re isn’t 2 first round OG’s, seems only fair.

    • Diegoblue

      Can’t see a guard in the 1st.. I feel we go NT.. CB (last year FA CB was a fail) or OLB.. IMHO

  • Preston Niedert

    Dion Jordan is being shopped around should the chargers be intrsted? Why not a change in scenery is good besides pagano could make better use of his skills then Miami could.

  • tubbs45
  • zeus619

    What about Kyle Fuller? Hasn’t he showed enough to be considered a late first round pick?

    • Sergio Quintero

      Seems to be seen as the 4th corner in this draft that should be picked from 25-45, I don’t think he’s going to be the best player they find at 25, but he might be the picked by need.

  • bolt Ness

    I would not take Verret I mean yeah he had a good combine but that doesnt mean anything, real life situation us a different story, hes short I mean odell beckham made him look like a fool, imagine a calvin Johnson or larry Fitzgerald or anquan boldin, imo I think hes over hyped because of the combine I see a decent at most cb in him and thats all just my opinion though

    • bolt Ness

      And if anything I would get him 2nd rd not with my first round pick

      • Diegoblue

        He won’t be there with our 2nd rd

  • bolt up!

    Center phil costa from Cowboys got released :)

  • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

    Apologies to new writer Michael Norton…. I stole credit for that post with my name in the byline for a solid 2 hours….. oops

    • Michael Norton

      No worries, Ernie. I’m just glad I was able to get it out there to be read. Thanks.

  • micah

    what about Jordan Matthews?

  • BlueBoltFan

    My priorities (right now) for the 25th pick are:

    1: OLB – Ealy or Ford, because they can be featured as designated pass rushers this year while they learn how to play the position, allows them to be potential impact rookies. I also like Kyle Van Noy’s skill set if he can learn to rush the passer. High game IQ, elite instincts, & can play coverage.

    2: WR – Beckham, Cooks, or Lee. I’m a firm believer in making strengths even stronger. I think any of these guys would be ready to make an impact this year and would complement #13 perfectly.

    3: .CB – Jerrett or Fuller. Rookie CB’s typically don’t make much of an impact. I’d much rather see Sam Shields in lightning bolts via free agency.

    4: DT – Nix, or Hageman though I’m not completely sold on either guy. They both have question marks. I’d prefer Paul Soliai as a free agent pick up…or Red Bryant, or Linval Joseph (though they’ll probably be pricey)

    5: OG – If Zack Martin is available he’d be priority 1a because he could ultimately be our future LT and is almost a lock as an all pro guard. Otherwise I think there are quality players in rds 2 & 3.

  • TheRisingTide

    What do you have against Kyle Fuller?