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


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 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.