Possible Late Round Draft Choices For The Chargers

(Tyler Starr, University of South Dakota)

Predicting which players a team may take, in the later rounds of the NFL draft, is always difficult. Not only will the Chargers be picking at the bottom of the draft order, but any number of needs could be addressed in earlier rounds. However, one thing that we can count on is that Tom Telesco is about getting the most “bang for his buck” with his picks. If he doesn’t think that a player is a value where he is picking, expect him to pass. Here are a few players, that the Chargers could possibly take a chance on, that will be available toward the end of the draft. Obviously, they aren’t popular picks. But, they all have the potential to add depth to the roster, or address team needs.


Zachariah Kerr, Delaware:

Cam Thomas is no longer on the roster, and that doesn’t seem to bother many people. In fact, it doesn’t seem to bother the Chargers, either. Telesco only made a run at one nose tackle in free agency, Earl Mitchell, and didn’t end up signing him. Since then, we have been assured that they are happy starting Sean Lissemore in the middle of the defense. However, that leaves second year undrafted free agent Kwame Geathers as the only back up. So, it seems inevitable that they will add someone else to the roster. It may be a starter, or a depth player. It might be in free agency, or the draft, or both.

If they don’t address this need in the early rounds. they might take a hard look at Deleware’s Zachariah Kerr. Kerr has all of the mental attributes that the Chargers like in a player. He is mature, humble, and takes pride in his play. He is a team leader, a hard worker, and pushes himself in the weight room, while practicing hard all week. He is a little shorter than a lot of NT’s, as he is only 6’1, and weighs in at 325 pounds. He has long arms for batting down the ball at the line of scrimmage, is always trying to rip the ball out, and has good awareness in the passing game. He is powerful, and is described as a “bully in the middle”. Furthermore, he comes with a clean injury history, and started all of his games in the last two years. He is scheme versatile, and suited for a 3-4 defense. Kerr is projected to go in the 6th round, and would be a nice depth pick up for the Chargers, if we are still in the market for a nose tackle.


John Brown, Pittsburgh State:

Some of you have seen me hint, in our “comments section”, that the Chargers should take a look at wider receiver & return man, John Brown. It is popular belief that Tom Telesco will take a wide receiver by the fourth round, at the latest. Vincent Brown didn’t impress last year, depite staying healthy for every game. Furthermore, it is perceived that we need a deep threat, especially if Malcom Floyd doesn’t return from injury. The Chargers are using the “short passing attack” much more these days, but it is clear that they need somebody who can stretch the field.

It also can’t be ignored that they badly need a return man, as well. Attempts to use Eddie Royal, Danny Woodhead, Keenan Allen, Ronnie Brown, and even ERIC WEDDLE in the return game have not yielded successful results. Not to mention, putting four of your star players in the return game simply isn’t an option anymore. If Woodhead, Allen, Weddle, or Royal (who already has trouble staying healthy) were to get injured, it could drastically hurt their chances of reaching the playoffs in 2014.

John Brown  is predicted to go in the sixth-to-seventh round. He posted the second fastest time, in the 40 yard dash, at the NFL combine. He is a little on the small side (5’10″ / 179 lbs.), which is his biggest drawback. Being that small, you aren’t going to break many tackles, win a lot of physical jump-ball contests, or be able to be used as a blocker. At times, he can also get jammed at the line, and redirected. He doesn’t have ideal arm length, and has small hands.

He can also blow past defenders, and is a play-maker. Brown had no problems locating, or catching, over-the-top passes at the combine. He can be a speedy option in the slot, and can stretch the field, using his speed alone. In order to contest him, they have to catch him first. For as often as the Chargers attempt to “stretch the field” these days, he won’t be asked to do it very much. Heck, they used Danny Woodhead on the outside, and Philip hit him over-the-top for a TD last season. Brown is faster than Danny Woodhead, and could be (similarly) used over-the-top.

I haven’t heard anything about the Chargers showing interest in Brown, but they should think about it. If he is there in the sixth, and a decision hasn’t been made on a receiver, they could kill two birds with one stone here. Finding a player in the sixth or seventh round, that can can make an impact in the receiving game AND the return game would be a huge success!


Tyler Starr, South Dakota:

The later rounds of the draft are usually used to see if you can find a player who can add depth to the roster. Or, maybe you will find a player who might surprise you, and become a starter. With Freeney, Ingram, Johnson, English, Keiser, Williams, and Law… it seems like there will be some heavy competition at outside linebacker in camp this season. But, Dwight Freeney’s contract is up next season. If he isn’t brought back in 2015 (which it is likely that he won’t, due to his age), Johnson & Ingram are suddenly your best OLB’s. Barring breakout performances from Keiser, English, and Law… Tourek Williams could be the only other OLB under contract in 2015. Tom Telesco will need to add another future starter, and begin to develop him this season. He will also need to think about bringing in some more quality depth, over the next two seasons.

Tyler Starr is an Outside Linebacker that is expected to go in the seventh round, or later. Adding Starr in the seventh round, or in UDFA, might be a solid option. He played defensive end in 2011, racked up 14 sacks, 51 tackles (19 for a loss), and 7 forced fumbles. He was switched to rush linebacker in 2012, where he played 10 of 11 games, had 74 tackles (7 for a loss), 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and blocked a kick. He was a Buck Buchanan award finalist that year, despite playing hurt during the season. In 2013, he was the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year, started 11 of 12 games, had 71 tackles (15 for a loss), nine sacks, four pass breakups, an interception, and four forced fumbles. He is viewed as being versatile enough to possibly play Sam linebacker, and can hang with tight ends in coverage.

If he can strengthen his core a little bit, improve his technique,make an impact on special teams, he could be worth consideration. The Chargers have already noticed him, so this selection wouldn’t surprise me, whatsoever. We have learned that Tom Telesco likes production, and this guy has definitely been productive on the field.



These are just a few late round picks that I could see the Chargers taking a shot on. There isn’t much pressure for these guys to be day one starters. But, if the potential is there, you might find that “Diamond in the Rough”, and add some players that could make an impact.. sometimes in multiple areas. I will try to get another article up before the draft, with some more “Late Round Picks” that the Chargers might target. I will also try to throw out a couple of “Surprise Picks” that Telesco might have up his sleeve. I’m not sure that any of us predicted TT drafting Tourek, Stevie, and Brad last year. So, I am looking for “more of the same” from the Chargers this season. Please add your thoughts, and late round picks, in the comments section below. Have a great weekend, and…

Keep Bolting Toward Excellence!
Peter Thompson



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  • 619chargers4life

    Let me be the first to say I would hate for Larry English to have a breakout season . Unless he helps us win the Super Bowl . But even then with a breakout year , he needs to go . Just saying lol !

    • esco charger

      Don’t worry about it he will be hurt before the season starts

      • Julien Bélair

        or cut

      • 619chargers4life

        Indeed ! So so sad . Lol

      • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

        Man you guys are trippin’! Jonas Mouton & Larry E are gonna take the 2014 season & beast out… NOT!!!!!

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

      What if he puts up 11 1/2 sacks, 40+ tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 6 deflected passes, and 5 stuffs? Lol.

      • tubbs45

        hahahaha all that while in a wheel chair???

        • Jacob911


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

          Those were the stats for SP95′s best year as a Bolt ; )

          • julian vesga is chargerfan#21

            If he does have that kind of season we could trade him for a 2-3 round pick it wouldn’t be a bad move.

      • 619chargers4life

        If he did that yes I would be happy for him lol and will be even happier when he signs elsewhere . Love his hart , but must have did some of that good old HGH in college for his body to be made up of such glass in the nfl. So sad lol

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

          He won’t. Lol. Just messing around. People keep talking about everyone on the oline not being under contract next year.. look at the pass rush. We need depth!

          • 619chargers4life

            Yeah depth wise were short everywhere as it stands, so glad we get some much needed cap room come 2015 .

          • Nick in PB

            I know everyone is talking about the cap room next year. Unfortunately, we will have the cap room because we will have 20 something free agents! It’ll be tough deciding who to sign and who not to sign, not to mention the ones we try to sign but get away. It’s going to be a pivotable off-season for the Bolts next year. It seems that a lot of fans are thinking that with all the cap space we can go out and just bring in stud players. It’ll be nice to get out from under the baggage created by Gaethers, Meachum and now Cox, for sure, but we are going to have to address a lot of positions next season, depending on who we lose.

          • 619chargers4life

            Makes perfect sense , so that means we should be seeing some extensions come this season . Sweet !

  • tubbs45

    Really like Brown’s speed, but haven’t seen too much film on him from this year. Really like Kerr for a project NT with some serious potential. Thanks PT!

    Later round CB
    Phillip Gaines – CB RICE NFL predicts 4-5 I think this kid has SERIOUS game and is more like a 2-3, but if we could swoop late… I’d be happy!

    Dri Archer – RB Kent – this kid would be worth a 5th rounder IF he is there. So damn fast 3.28 40, small but reminds me of what holiday has done for the Donks

    Potential late NTs
    Caraun Reid – DT Princeton 4th rounder
    Ryan Carrethers- NT ARKANSAS STATE 5th rounder

    Craig Loston SS LSU – this kid love to deliver big hits and can play special teams. With Taylor’s status unknown, I’d love to see us pick him up. Jahleel Addae and he would be breaking fools in half.

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

      Thanks Tubbs! You know I always love me a hard-hitting safety, so I’m in with Loston. ; )

      Love Gaines, and Archer too… get the feeling that Archer will be gone early 5th, and I am not sure that TT would pick him in the 4th. Regardless, we need to put someone back there, and after watching them be all “cheap”, and not spending any high picks on returners.. I think Brown could be more of a “value” for TT. I mean.. they are SO cheap that they are putting guys like Woody & Weddle back there, along with their star receiver.. hahaha. At least Brown wouldn’t break their bank.

      Great comments brother!.

  • Jacob911

    Johnathan Harrison, Isaiah Lewis, Brandon Thomas Justin Ellis, maybe a guy like Kevin Norwood or Sean Parker udfa

    An ideal mock draft IMO is

    Round 1 (25) Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech) Cornerback

    Round 2 (57) Jeremiah Attaochu (Georgia Tech) Linebacker

    3rd round (89) Keith mcgill CB (UTAH)

    4th round (125) Brandon Coleman Wide Receiver (Rutgers)

    5th round Justin Ellis LA Tech

    6th round: Jonathan Harrison

    7th round (217) Brandon Thomas G (Clemson)

    Kevin Norwood
    Kenny Guiton
    Sean Parker

    • Gunnar Martin

      I like this. I’m thinking Norwood gets drafted somewhere around 5-7, but he is pretty underrated so getting him as a UDFA would be a huge steal. Only one I wouldn’t be ecstatic about is McGill.

  • RoyalChargers

    Antone Exum virgina tech cassish marsh ucla aaron colvin Oklahoma those are my late round picks

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

      I actually included Marsh in my latest article.. the Bolts met with him too.

  • RoyalChargers

    My mock draft

    Round 1 Bradley roby or xaiver su filo
    Round 2 Marcus smith or kyle van noy
    Round 3 dominque Easley or pierre desir
    Round 4 Paul Richardson
    Round 5 marcus Martin
    Round 6 antone Exum
    Round 7 Zach Kerr

    • Derek

      This is realistic!!! And not bad is be happy with this haul

      • RoyalChargers

        Yea I wanted to fit martavious Bryant in there somewhere I think the chargers might really make a push for him or cody latimer

      • RoyalChargers

        Thanks a lot !!

  • BruisingChargers

    Nice article Peter. Larry English will not put up 11 and a half sacks. I am so burnt out on these mock drafts. Will get back at you after the draft…………….

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

      Thanks, BC.. I have more coming. I usually wait until the “week of” to start talking draft choices. That way, most of the dust has settled..

  • Eli Rodriguez

    Does anybody like McCullers? I’ve been watching a lot of him lately. He’s big and strong. He’s always drawing double teams. He could be a later round pick that could eventually turn into a starter. He isn’t great again the run but I think he’s pretty good. What do you guys think of him?

    • Derek

      Only think I don’t like is those double teams neutralize him. He wasn’t playing in one if the tougher conferences and played above average. He’s not very quick or technique savy. He looks like a bigger project than geathers was.

      • Eli Rodriguez

        The double teams didn’t always neutralize him. He was pushing to get double teamed though. He wanted to take the blockers so the LBs could make plays. Isn’t that exactly what we need for our defense. We need a big body to attract double teams to free up our LB. I think he can do that effectively. H’s pretty decent. He did play good competition though in the SEC. He played well against Alabama. And Alabamas oline is always great. He is very slow but do we really need speed for that position.

        • Daniel Sutter

          I like the guy some. He’s tall at 6’7″ but plays fairly low and is 350 lbs. Big body to clog the middle is what Pagano tries to do. Plus he has super long arms to bat down passes. I wouldnt be upset if he was chose due to the rotation we employ at NT. He can develop and share snaps, eventually take the lead roll. Would rather hold off though. Lots of good NT late in this draft, some good ones will even go undrafted…

  • buckeye54

    Thanks, Peter. I knew about Kerr, but not Brown or Starr. Reading a few comments on ESPN.com it looks like all three players have the character traits Telesco is seeking. What I found very interesting on Starr was that at the Combine he had the slowest 40 yard dash time of all LB’s, but the fastest 3-cone drill time. What a crazy combination. However they said his 40 time at his pro day was much faster. Let’s hope the Chargers can snag these three on day three of the draft or as UDFA’s.

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

      Thanks B54. I think his forty time might put him into UDFA, and we can scoop him up like we did Geathers.

  • Daniel Sutter

    Kerr is my favorite NT in this class. Dude needs to be in Powder Blue. I think round 6 may be a little late and have been saying for sometime he needs to be our 5th round selection.
    Van Noy/Marcus Smith
    SJB/Paul Richardson/Desir
    Trai Turner
    Zack Kerr
    Aaron Lynch
    Cody Hoffman

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

      Well.. they have talked to Kerr, so your wish may come true ; )

      • Daniel Sutter

        I really hope so. Seems legit…

  • Stefanie Smith

    Here is an interesting factoid that I never knew. There isn’t a single quarterback after the third round since 2006 that has been a long-term starter.

    Conclusion: The article’s writer –that eventual starting QBs generally must be drafted high. Rarity to find a Tom Brady. Plus you have to have staff that is talented enough themselves to develop that QB. Hasn’t happened in a long time.

  • julian vesga is chargerfan#21

    Hey I think the Tom brady of this draft will be Brock Jensen we could pick him in the 7TH ROUND!!!

    Read this article from NFLDRAFTSCOUT

    01/03/14 – North Dakota State’s Brock Jensen isn’t often mentioned among the top quarterbacks in college football, or even his own division. His coach cites one quality that he believes will earn him a shot at the pros: Jensen wins. Jensen has won more games than any other quarterback in the history of the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA.

    • julian vesga is chargerfan#21

      I think he will be the steal of the draft

    • Jacob911

      Kellen Moore won the most games in div1 history similar things said about him hasn’t translated but u never know he could be good