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7 Round Chargers 2014 NFL Mock Draft

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Sept 8, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kent State Golden Flashes running back Dri Archer (1) runs the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium. Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Hey guys. A lot of you already know and play around with it, but fanspeak has a nifty little draft simulator that lets you draft with any team for any number of rounds. I messed around with it today and came away with a pretty good draft in my humble opinion. Going through these simulations made me realize not how amazing my drafting skills are, but just how deep this draft really is and how much value the middle rounds will add. I copied rounds 1-5 on the next few pages for those who were interested in a little context.

 

1, 25: S CALVIN PRYOR, LOUISVILLE
I went with Calvin Pryor in the first despite guys like Jason Verrett, Kyle Fuller, Louis Nix, and Ryan Shazier being available. My entire draft philosophy is based on BPA, and in my opinion, Pryor was. Sure, we have Addae on the roster who has a great work ethic and is improving, but having a little competition and eventually, a really good backup, will do wonders for the back end of the defense. Pryor can play up in run support and deep on 3rd down. He can lay a hit on almost anyone and will change the demeanor of the Chargers defense.

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2, 57: DE TRENT MURPHY, STANFORD
Now comes the questions because after passing on a corner in the 1st because I had a better player available, I wasn’t going to take a corner in the 2nd because all the best talents worthy of a 2nd rounder were off the board. What’s the next best thing to help out the secondary? A better pass rush. Adding Murphy to a stable of pass rushers that includes Dwight Freeney, Thomas Keiser, Jarrett Johnson, Melvin Ingram, and Larry English will ensure that everyone stays healthy and rested. Murphy is a great pass rusher and shows the motor and toughness that TT likes.

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3, 89: OT ANTONIO RICHARDSON,TENNESSEE
This pick was a bit of a stretch. Richardson isn’t my favorite O-line prospect by a long shot, but with his physical abilities, he is a worth a chance in the 3rd round. He was 2nd among offensive linemen in the bench at the combine. Richardson would probably be able to be a backup at guard this year and maybe graduate to the left tackle spot, but I would be most comfortable with him starting next to DJ Fluker. Fluker will keep him in line and Richardson’s strength will suit him well on the right side.

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4, 125: RB DRI ARCHER, KENT STATE
Woo, the steal of the draft. I was definitely biting my nails watching him rise to the top of the available players in the 4th round with my pick coming up. Luckily he was there, and I took advantage. Archer will be our new returner, and as the fastest guy in the combine since Chris Johnson, I have no doubt in my mind he will improve the special teams play. If he can improve his route running and strength, he could become a factor in the passing game as well.

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5, 165: CB ANTONE EXUM, VIRGINIA TECH
As the last available corner that I thought could make an impact next year, I had to pull the trigger. Exum is a steal in the 5th round. He is a big physical corner with good ball skills. He is a converted safety and recovering from an AL tear. He could have an impact on special teams as a rookie and work his way up the depth chart at corner, all while providing some good depth. Corners take a notoriously long time to develop in the NFL, so adding one in the 5th round vs. adding one in the late 2nd isn’t much of a difference to me.

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6, 201: WR CODY LATIMER, INDIANA
It’s looking more and more like getting Latimer in the 6th will not be possible. He was available in my sim and would be huge for the Chargers if he was available in May. He needs no introduction to you guys that follow bolt beat, and he even crept into the 1st on some recent mocks. While I don’t think there’s any way he will be taken in the 1st, we will need to target him before the 6th if we want him. He is a big deep threat, but isn’t necessarily the type of fast we need to blow the top off of the defense.

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7, 240: CB LAVELLE WESTBROOKS, GEORGIA SOUTHERN
Westbrooks is a depth pick in the 7th round. Without addressing the corner position until the 5th, I needed to bring in another skilled body to compete and fill out the depth chart. Westbrooks is a big corner that plays well in the press, so he won’t necessarily be that effective in Pagano’s sag off defense. He would be able to contribute on special teams early and will need to refine his technique if he ever wants to see the field at corner.

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