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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  • serg21

    I did this my mock came out like this
    Rd 1 Darqueze Dennard CB
    Rd 2 Davante Adams WR
    Rd 3 Ego Ferguson DT
    Rd 4 Rashaad Reynolds CB
    Rd5 DE’anthony Thomas RB
    Rd6 Devon kennard OLB
    Rd 7 Cassius Marsh DE

    • Conor Cahill

      I definitely like thomas in the 5th over archer in the 4th. In retrospect, I wouldve gone Verrett in the 1st

    • Julien Bélair

      Love this !!!

      • serg21

        Thanks u can try it to it’s on a website called fanspeaks.com

        • Diegoblue

          Will do .. Thanks

    • Diegoblue

      Like this draft..

  • BuhaySD

    Sorry but I would be very disappointed if this is how our draft ended up. Where is the NT help? How can you pass on Verrett and Nix in the 1st when those are our 2 biggest needs going into the draft?

    • Conor Cahill

      I said it, I dont think drafting for need when superior talent is on the board is smart

      • BuhaySD

        I agree “reaching” for a need over superior talent isn’t the best philosophy but I just don’t see Pryor as being a superior talent over Nix and Verrett. I don’t think we would be reaching for either of those players at 25. The fact that those are high priority positions for us is a bonus.

        • Diegoblue

          Exactly…

        • Conor Cahill

          I didnt say reach

      • Diegoblue

        I’m not sure if any of those guys you have us taking Connor would be superior talent compared to who’s still out there for us to take.

      • philiprules

        You don’t drop a #1 on a position of marginal need to “create competition and get a good backup” when you have several positions or much greater need. Let go of the idea we need a Safety all that much already.

      • Daniel Sutter

        Conor, I feel ya. Passing on great talent sucks but when they cant improve your OVERALL unit as much as a little lesser ‘need’ player inproves the unit, then whats the point. Leave a whole elsewhere to get a solid bench at a particular position? It makes no sense. it would if the other available talent was garbage but not in this years draft…

  • gpack17

    my honest opinion…round 3 i still probably would have gone with purifoy or moncrief or daquan jones with that pick..i agree with you on drafting superior talent but tiny richardson has had a ton of question marks and he will most likely be a right tackle…next years draft could have 4 1st round talent left tackles so i would wait…also in round 1 i really like pryor but sua filo would be tough to pass for a safety at that spot when we will need a guard after we cut clary to free up room to even sign our draft picks..

  • 619chargers4life

    Truth be told , I’m not really digging your mock at all . Just saying lol

    • Gunnar Martin

      Besides Latimer in the 6th(?!) I gave him all below average grades. I’d be pretty upset if we drafted like this. Sorry Conor ;)

      • Daniel Sutter

        Yep!

      • 619chargers4life

        I would probably jump off a bridge lol

  • Julien Bélair

    Pryor is a waste. Addae will let him riding the bench !
    Also I personally don’t like murphy at all.

    I like the 5-6-7 rounds though

    • Diegoblue

      Don’t like Murphy either .. 4.89 won’t cut it especially if Telesco said he wants speed this year

      • Julien Bélair

        And all the games I watched he was getting easily blocked (one on one)

    • Conor Cahill

      Ya Verrett as available too. I couldnt handle the pressure!!

      • Julien Bélair

        haha !!

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    I don’t think we really need Pryor. Addae is developing quite well and if not next season, this season he’ll be starting over Gilchrist. I don’t think waiting that long to take a corner is going to be a good idea. Just because it’s the second round doesn’t mean there isn’t good talent that just needs some coaching. Desir is a good pick if the big names are gone. I think taking Archer that high would be a mistake if we can get DAT later and use our 4th pick on a DT or OG/T or maybe even Latimer, who I think won’t fall as low as you have him because he’s been showing up and showing out at the combine and his pro day.

  • gpack17

    I just ran a draft through fan speak and got pretty lucky haha…
    1. Justin Gilbert
    2. Allen Robinson
    3. Deone Bucannon
    4. Will Sutton
    5. Ronald Powell
    6. Aaron Colvin
    7. Shamarr Stephens

    • Conor Cahill

      haah ya ive done a few where guys just fall in my lap

  • Tony

    ran my own draft on fan speak.
    1. Darqueze Dennard CB- Michigan State
    2. David Yankey G- Stanford
    3. Trent Murphy DE- Stanford
    4. Josh Huff WR- Oregon
    5. Aaron Colvin CB- Oklahoma
    6. Zach Kerr DT- Delaware
    7. Kevin Norwood WR- Alabama

    • Gunnar Martin

      The last four rounds would be spectacular. Before then, just alright. Dennard and Yankey would both be great value picks, so I’d be okay with that. But Murphy… I just don’t like him at all.

    • Daniel Sutter

      Sub in Desir in the 2nd, De Marcus Smith DE in the 3rd, Trai Turner G in the 5th. Same positions taken but in a different order and this would be sweet! According to the above mock and many projections, these subs are all available, not sure about yours though…but
      1) Dennard CB
      2) Desir CB or even SJB/Breeland CB(s)
      3) Smith DE/OLB
      4) Huff WR—-Latimer if still on the board!!!!
      5) Turner G
      6) Kerr (great value!) DT
      7) Norwood (again a steal at 7) WR
      Wow that’d be solid!

      • Tony

        Latimer was gone by the 3rd round. Desir was also gone in the second and I had just taken Dennard in the first didnt see the point in taking a second corner that soon. Took Colvin in the fifth cuz that was just a steal.

    • Harry Philpot

      i think colvin will be a real steal this year

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    1. Darqueze Dennard – CB
    2. Jeremiah Attaochu – OLB
    3. Donte Moncrief – WR
    4. DaQuan Jones – NT
    5. Aaron Colvin- CB
    6. De’Anthony Thomas – Slot/KR/PR
    7. Brandon Thomas – OG

    • chargersfanfromswitzerland

      I would like this a LOT!!!!!

    • Diegoblue

      We should be so lucky..

  • Daniel Sutter

    Ran one on Fan Speak just to see how my mock would play out….

    1)Kyle Fuller CB
    2)SJb (reached a little to get him before he was off the board)
    3) De Marcus Smith DE/OLB
    4) Dakota Dozier G
    5) Bandon Coleman WR
    6) Zack Kerr DT
    7) Kevin Norwood WR

  • Harry Philpot

    i like how you included larry english as a stable pass rusher, always optimistic

  • jacob911

    1 fuller
    2 telvin smith
    3 amhad dixon or Keith McGill
    4 Zach Fulton
    5 Daniel mccullers
    7 Kenny guiton

  • sd fanatic28

    Rd1 jason verret cb
    Rd2 marcus martin oc/og
    Rd 3 donte moncrief wr
    Rd 4 justin ellis nt
    Rd 5 howard jones olb
    Rd 6 john brown kr/pr
    Rd7 jay bromley de