Oct 5, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kyle Fuller (17) celebrates with safety Kyshoen Jarrett (34) after making an interception in the fourth quarter. The Hokies defeated the Tar Heels 27-17 at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Mel Kiper’s ‘Grade A’ Draft For the San Diego Chargers


Mel Kiper released his ‘Grade A’ draft today and it featured the first 3 rounds of the NFL Draft for each team. Here are his selections for the San Diego Chargers:

Top needs: CB, NT, WR, OLB

Round 1 (25) CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
Round 2 (57) OLB Trent Murphy, Stanford
Round 3 (89) OT Cameron Fleming, Stanford

With this draft, the Chargers would fill a few needs on the roster. Fuller would immediately work his way to be a starter on defense. He would compete with Richard Marshall out of training camp for the starting job and it would give depth  for the secondary. 

The selection of Trent Murphy would give the team help getting after the quarterback. Murphy could be worked in on passing downs and would eventually work his way to become the starter opposite of Melvin Ingram. Murphy would get to learn from both Dwight Freeney and Jarret Johnson in his first year and would get valuable experience before he becomes a full-time starter.

Fleming would be nice for depth on the offensive line. He could work his way to become a starter as well. He can play both tackle positions and can also move inside to play guard. He would be the utility man on the offensive line and could push for a starting job in his second season.

With this draft that Kiper selected, there is no immediate help at wide receiver. The team would have to help Malcom Floyd returns or hope that Vincent Brown steps his game up. Kiper considered Davante Adams and Bruce Ellington in the 2nd and 3rd round, but decided to go a different direction in those rounds. Round 4 would likely be a receiver.

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • Joshua Hoffman

    “Who the hell is Mel Kiper?” Lol

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    I finally watched this guy’s tape…Lord God Almighty he is beastly

    • Julien Bélair

      who? Fuller?

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Yeah. I probably should have said that. Yeah he’s solid. He’s got ball skills, fluent hips and he got the closing speed and enough athleticism to make jump ball interesting. I like him.

        • Anthony95

          Fuller is my #2 CB behind only Gilbert. With Dennard being #3 and it goes from there.

        • Julien Bélair

          I have a hard time drafting a CB with our first round pick… I just don’t think the vaue will be there. But no question Fuller is a beast

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Well who else would you draft? The staff is pretty high on Lissemore and it seems like he’ll be starting. That leads me to believe that we have lost some interest in Nix. Our biggest need is a corner…well multiple corners but hopefully one of the guys we already have develop into a starter. Maybe an end. Maybe Ford or Ealy. Maybe a guard like Su’a-Filo. There are multiple needs but the first round talent corners, and low first rounders (Verrett, Fuller or Roby but let’s hope not) seem to be pro ready opposed to the rest of the guys.

          • Julien Bélair

            I would draft Benjamin Hageman Nix (depends on the knee) over Fuller. Maybe even Su’a Filo

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Can Hageman play in a 3-4?

          • Julien Bélair

            They say that he can make the transition. He can play almost any position on the line.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Can he play guard too?

          • Julien Bélair

            yes but only RG or C

          • Marcel West-Bailey
          • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

            Even with all the kudos Clary has been given w his durability etc, why haven’t they restructured his pay yet??? Mind is blown….

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Why would they? Well why would they right now? The draft is in a few weeks, the price of players is going to drop even more after the draft and from what I’ve read they don’t want to sign anyone else just yet. I think when someone becomes available they’ll look into it but they have said they are still having talks about free agents within the team so only time will tell.

          • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

            One less loose end…post draft everything will fall into place NFL wide, more cuts will be made, etc,. But man he’s overpaid and I think TT will try to scoop up more “Depth” w remaining FAs post draft…on the cheap…seems like they’ll have $$ next season, but they could also secure the next set of SD players set to be FA…I’m just bored like everyone else for some Football….waiting and anticipating the Draft blows

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            I get what you’re saying and I actually agree with you. For me I’m trying to imagine why he hasn’t had a pay cut yet and if the front office has little to no intention of signing anyone he can keep the contract he has now. Now when, I think it’s June 2nd but don’t quote me, the deadline comes and he hasn’t had anything work done to his contract I’d be a little peeved but until then TT still has time to determine why he’s going to do when the 4th highest paid player on the team.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            hahahaha

          • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

            I’d like to see that OG come to SD… Him & Fluker body slamming fools left & right

  • Julien Bélair

    I don’t see us drafting a LT because Dunlap is still young and if he is as good this year as he was last year we will resign him for 4 years.

    Give him a shot a draft a LT next year if it doesn’t work out.

    • navw21

      I think draft for depth purposes bc of his concussion history, but I wouldn’t draft one until 5th or later.

      • Julien Bélair

        I would agree with a LT in the later rounds

    • Derek

      But his concussions!!! He had 3 last season alone. Our draft needs another swing lineman preffably a guard but next yr if Harris aint the one we need to grab one

      • Julien Bélair

        Fluker can play LT a game or two also Harris will be back.

        • Derek

          jury’s still out on fluker and harris at lt. both kept phillips passes short n quick. i know that was the offenses plan more often than not but my point phillip was alot more comfortable with dunlap. i think this season tells us who dunlap is, a guy who cant play 6 games of the season back to back is a liability. and needs a able and willing back up. fluker on the left and clary on the right gives us C- protection and B- run blocking this doesnt suffice with next yrs schedule in the NFC west.

          • Julien Bélair

            that’s right but I am more than willing to give it a shot this year and see what happens. So much hole to fill right now so I feel like LT can wait

      • Julien Bélair

        Derek you’ll be glad to know that I am more and more falling in love with Hageman

  • Anthony95

    no NT in first three rounds! ouch. Guess kiper thinks Lissemore is a solid starting NT. That makes one of us. NT has to be address as does OG, CB, KR. Don’t see pass rush as being the top need here.

    With a healthy def including Butler, Ingram, Freeney, Reyes, and Luiget we will get a pass rush. As long as we have a solid NT to add to pass rush and clog middle. I see pass rusher to replace Freeney next year being a viable option but would rather have a CB, OG, WR, KR and NT. Get pass rusher next year.

    • Julien Bélair

      I have to agree

    • Daniel Sutter

      Drafting a NT is not as big of a need as many think. Lissemore is what, 23 years old and showed ability last year and will only gey better. In training camp last year Jerideau was listed as Cams backup and he looked good and stood out at the camps I attended before his injury. I was one who thought Cam wouldnt work out and payed close attention to this possition. In my opinion Jerieau or someone after the June 1st cuts will get the backup spot and grabbing any NT outside of Nix would only be competition for Lissemore. Nix has concerns about his drive that will shy away TT so i doubt SD drafts him and this is also why he is slidding down the mock boards.
      The above mock fills many weak areas from last years team. I have faith in Harris under Coach D so grabbing a WR before a rotational/developmental OL would be wise but a good WR can be had in later rounds if we were to wait. With everything (injury history and age as well)taken into context, biggest needs are clearly; CB, OLB, WR, and OL.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Lissemore is 26. I agree that we probably won’t draft a nose tackle this year. Maybe next year if there are more options.

        • Daniel Sutter

          Thanks Gunnar. Knew he was still young…I agree though, probably wont see any NT drafted along with no SS either.

        • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

          If the 3 NTs on the team now are not enough, & they don’t draft 1, I think TT will scoop up a remaining FA cheap…

          • Gunnar Martin

            Definitely a possibility. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did that at all.

      • Anthony95

        Lissemore can be rotational at NT but really is better suited to the outside in a 3-4. With Nix at NT that gives us depth and versatility on the D-Line. Reyes – Nix – Luiget with Lissemore rotating in and Geathers also coming in at NT.

        In a 3-4 defense the single most important position is NT. So, if were changing to a 4-3 then I will stop beating the Nix drum but until then its Nix in 2014!

        • Daniel Sutter

          NT is very important in a 3-4 so I agree there but mark my word, Nix will be a bust for a 1st rounder. Our guys are servicable for this year and we can either spend some bucks on one next year or draft one. Nix is only projected in the first due to a weak NT class and will more than likely end up falling in the draft due to his knees. If we were to get him in the second then cool but he is a reach for the 1st.

          • Anthony95

            I think he is falling since only a few teams need a NT, us being one of them. So, other teams without a glaring need will only be grabbing a NT for depth in later rounds and Nix isn’t really projected as a 4-3 DT (there are others who will be better as a 4-3 DT in the draft.)

            He is also falling because he is scheme dependent on a 3-4 severely limits which teams will take him, plus coming off injury (so was K Allen and he turned out to be a A+ selection for us) with Nix’s injury I’m not worried at all as the injury has been fixed by Dr Andrews and it he is completely healthy and participated in combine and team workouts etc.

            Again, with 10-12 CBs that we can take in the draft, multiple options at WR, the need for Nix is huge. I see our best draft strategy being:

            Get BPA but with focus on: OG/OT, NT, CB, C, WR, pass rusher, KR
            Something like:
            -trade out of RD 1
            -OG/OT in RD 2 with a true stud no-risk kinda player
            -Nix in RD 2 – if not available then go either CB or C (Marcus Martin)
            -CB in RD 3 – if got already then one of other NT guys there isn’t many but 2-3 possible
            -C in RD 3 or WR in RD 3
            -WR in RD 4 or C in RD 4
            -Pass rusher in RD 5
            -KR in RD 6

            This would be best possible draft for us solidifying D-Line, adding #1 CB, and another pass rusher to replace Freeney when he leaves.

            And adds RG to replace Clary this or next year and adds depth. Drafting C to replace Hardwick in 2015 is good move so we don’t have a rookie C starting from day 1 (the year helps him prepare to take over).

            We can’t fix everything this year but this would be a huge start, put us in the hunt for division and deep run in playoffs not to mention build for 2015 and beyond to start a dynasty!

          • Dave

            Anthony, I can’t agree with you more. I’m sick of weak ass play or our defensive middle. 5-10yards given up on every run play and Reyes on skates and Liget playing up and down depending on the day. The Chargers are in great need of an outstanding NT. Nix, if you watch his tape, just seems to get it done. I’d take him at 25, a CB in the 2nd, a OG in the 3rd, etc.

  • navw21

    I would be euphoric if we were to get Kyle Fuller at 25. I might go Daquan Jones in the 2nd.

    • Daniel Sutter

      If we keep our 25 pick there is only two players I would be “Euphoric” over. Ford and Fuller. Still say if those two are gone then trade for more later picks if possible.

  • diomar espinal

    Honestly dont know why anyone cares what mel kiper thinks. Guy doesnt know anything. When we drafted Keenan his exact words where, ” hes going to be questionable on seperation at the next level”. But all keenan did was create seperation rather easily lol Fuck Mel Kipers opinion, who you guys really should follow is mike mayock that guy is the real draft guru.

    • Julien Bélair

      Well first we don’t really care it’s just to talk about something and second everybody even the best analysis will be wrong probably more than I’ll be right because it is so difficult to evaluate the transition.

      • Stefanie Smith

        You bring up a good point. I think the teams rely on their own scouts to do the analysis for their draft picks. As for Mayock and/or Kiper, it’s just something to think about. They definitely are not the final word on who will be a good NFL player.

        I don’t like Mayock when he beat up on Geno Smith always with his infamous “questionable work ethic” angle. Then I watched that guy play against Miami–nothing left to play for, but he played hard… and was a part of the puzzle that had to happen for the Chargers to be in the play offs.

        The kid may not be good, but no one on the Jets ever said he had trouble working hard. Mayock always says that about these guys.

        • Julien Bélair

          haha ur right and on draft day he just loves everybody he is always like : I really like this kid blah blah blah

    • Stefanie Smith

      Mike Mayock has too much of a man crush on Manziel. He isn’t objective anymore.

      • Anthony95

        haha that is true. I am still believing the first QB taken in the draft will be at 26 by CLE taking Carr. Unless someone moves back into the first round and grabs a QB.

        This draft class of QBs is ok but not worthy of a top 10 pick for sure. Bridgewater is over-rated in my opinion, I see another JaMarcus Russell. Manziel has potential but in RD 1 you want more than just potential and oh maybe he can do it.

        Simply put, you don’t reach for a player in RD 1. Just like in fantasy football, you take as sure a player as you can. You reach in RD 3 & beyond.

    • Gunnar Martin

      I’m not a fan of Kiper either. As for Mayock, I used to hate him too, but he’s impressed me in the last year or so. Still a terrible announcer for games though.

  • navw21

    Charles Woodson in his prime? Maybe.

    • chargersfanfromswitzerland

      love it!!

    • Marcel West-Bailey

      Don’t watch highlight videos. They dilute the mind.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        they definitely do… but i still watch them with a grain of salt

  • SEP

    It looks like there may be higher value at receiver in the first round. If Kelvin was there at 25, it might be hard to pass up. I don’t think there is a starting CB in the first round that the Chargers will have a shot at. Maybe look to the DL in the second.

    • Julien Bélair

      I am very high on Benjamin but a guy like Hageman and Nix (depends on the knee) might be a better option.

      But Benjamin over Verrett and Fuller

  • chargersfanfromswitzerland

    there are so many possibilities for this draft and so many players i would like on our roster! but i definitly made my choice.. since a few week, fuller is the player i would love in the 1st, now for the 2nd, my favorite player is moncrief!!!!! dude reminds me a lot of josh gordon who is definitly my favorite receiver in the nfl! if that happened, i would be very much relaxed for the rest of the draft…

    • Julien Bélair

      what about NT

      • chaseLP43

        We need NT in the first or second round no matter what Butler and Teo needs some big boys up front like all the other good defense teams have we got a good tandem with Reyes and Corey but just imagine what nix or hagman can do for that D.

        • Julien Bélair

          I doubt Hageman will be there but more and more I like him

          • jcrisp

            Hageman is nit the guy, I really dont like the guy at all … now daquan jones on the other hand…

          • Julien Bélair

            can you tell me why sir?

          • jcrisp

            Honestly hageman doesnt quite jump out to me, he should be dominating especially with his size but I see him struggle with one man taking him on at times, I really like daquan cuz he can really be that force in the middle when it comes to run support

      • chargersfanfromswitzerland

        Mc Cullers in the 3rd!

        • Julien Bélair

          you know that Big doesn’t equal good right

          • chargersfanfromswitzerland

            i just have not a good feeling anymore when we draft nix because of his knees and iam not sure if he is really that good and the worth the first pick in this quality draft!!

          • Julien Bélair

            I know I know…. but I feel like McCullers is not an upgrade over Geathers

          • Gunnar Martin

            How about we just go with neither of them? DaQuan Jones, anyone? Maybe Justin Ellis? Those are my two favorites for nose tackle right now.

          • jcrisp

            Yas!!!!! Daquan jones is the one!!!!

    • Diegoblue

      Moncrief might be a PROBLEM in the league .. Big strong and fast

  • chaseLP43

    No NT in the second or third sorry but no thanks kiper.

  • bolt007

    i am really pushing for fuller and brandon coleman later in this draft i think we should also get mccullers and attachou

    • Diegoblue

      Would love to get Attachou better athlete than Murphy

  • Gunnar Martin

    Do we still give a crap about Kiper? The guy bugs me and I can’t remember one time where I’ve agreed with him wholeheartedly…

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      not really… but he is one of the big names that we still have to listen to on draft day

      • Gunnar Martin

        I thought he retired or something a while ago. Why must he and his hairdo keep coming back?!?

  • jcrisp

    U know what they really need to draft a center so a guard/center that they draft would be awesome. Hardwick might not be back next season and id draft his successor this year to give him time to develop.