Despite what many of us would consider to be a difficult time – waiting this long for the draft to occur, that is – we are less than a week from the NFL’s premiere offseason activity. The cattle call that is the NFL draft will be taking place before you know it. I’ll be in New York City in the blink of an eye. I’m on a plane as we speak, heading to Charlotte to see my amazing children. Then it’s time to take over NYC and the NFL draft. ( Editor’s Note: I began writing this on 5/3)
This is a big year for the Chargers and Tom Telesco. After having what many of us consider to be a solid 2013 draft class, the hope is to replicate last year’s success. Telesco nailed three potential first rounders in the first three rounds of the draft in his first go-around as an NFL GM. Perhaps, the expectation level increases knowing that a player like Stevie Williams, a fifth-round selection, has yet to play in a regular season game. Tourek Williams made the occasional play as well, despite being a sixth round pick. Additionally, Brad Sorensen managed to stay on the ’13 roster as the third quarterback. That could say a lot about what the team has in mind for the former Southern Utah signal caller.
I find it safe to say that the 2013 draft was a success. And, I think that most people in here would agree. But does that put even more pressure on Telesco to trump his rookie attempt at building the team through the draft? Sure, I can get behind that kind of thinking.
Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Marcus Martin, C, USC
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The NFL did a great job, in my opinion, of mixing up the prospects. So, the question remains, and I’ll leave it to you, is the next Charger going to be an invitee to Radio City Music Hall? Popular mock draft choices landing in America’s finest city such as Louis Nix III and Kyle Van Noy were not invited ( That is according to the above list which is credited to NFL.com).
Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
A few weeks back I posted the first edition of my Chargers 7 round mock draft. It received, as expected, quite a bit of debate. Some people liked it, while others hated it. Thus is the standard when it comes to mock drafts. You can’t possibly please everyone.
I remember a time when….
Just kidding. I am not going to talk incessantly prior to this mock. Let’s just get on with it.
1st round: Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU 5’11” 198 pounds
It is no secret that the Chargers are in the market for another starting wide receiver. They had been showing interest in both Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks prior to them signing with Baltimore and Indianapolis, respectively. OBJ can take the top off a defense with his great speed. He is very quick to get up to top speed due to his stellar acceleration. He also brings to the table a solid ability in the return game. Don’t let the drafting of a wide receiver from LSU in the first round scare you. He can play.
2nd round: Marcus Martin C/G USC 6’3″ 320 pounds
Martin is the best center prospect in the entire draft. Furthermore, he can easily play guard on the San Diego offensive line while Nick Hardwick finishes off his solid career in the NFL with the Chargers. He is very physical and takes advantage of his short stature to gain solid leverage against defenders. Has some nasty to his game and he has yet to reach his ceiling. MArtin would be an excellent choice in the second round.
3rd round: Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood 6’1″ 198 pounds
Despite being incredibly raw, Desir has a bright future in front of him. He has great size for the position and his speed is good for a corner of his size. When looking at a small-school prospect like Desir, you want to see that player dominate against that level of competition. He did just that. He totaled 25 interceptions during his time in college. He was a division II All-American as well.
4th round: Brett Smith QB Wyoming 6’2″ 206 pounds
The closer we get to the NFL draft, the more the Brett Smith hype train gets rolling. Smith is athletic for the position and has good speed as well ( clocked in the low 4.5s at his pro day recently according to Benjamin Allbright). He was little known due to going to Wyoming. Had he gone to a big name program, his name would be on the tip of many people’s tongues. His arm is not overly strong but when you watch him play you can see that he has enough arm strength to make all the throws. Like most quarterbacks, he is not as accurate on the move. Fans of the Mountain West conference have surely seen him play and most likely walked away very impressed. I am not sold on Brad Sorensen as the quarterback of the future once Philip Rivers hangs ’em up. Smith is a guy that could sit back and learn while Rivers finishes off his career in lightning bolts.
5th round: Justin Ellis NT Louisiana Tech 6’2″ 334 pounds
I know. Finally a nose tackle. Ellis is a big dude. He had solid showings at both the East-West Shrine game and the Senior bowl. Quick for his size and a heady player. Although he plays too high at times, he is good anchoring upon contact with offensive linemen; holding his ground and occupying blockers. Due to his long arm, you’ll see Ellis bat down his fair share of passes at the next level. Ellis would be a great pick in the 5th round.
6th round: Cody Latimer WR Indiana 6’2″ 215 pounds
Another wide receiver? Yup. If Latimer is still available here then you sprint to turn your card in right away. He is one of the better receivers that most people aren’t talking about. He has good height and is very good in space for that height. One of my favorite attributes about Latimer is he is a good blocker in the running game for a wide receiver. That is far more important than many people like to think. A receiving trio of Keenan Allen, OBJ and Cody Latimer means the future would be looking really good for the Charger passing attack.
7th round: Taylor Hart DE Oregon 6’6″ 281 pounds
Hart hasn’t missed a start in his last three seasons in Eugene. Very intelligent player. Has good quickness for a defensive lineman. Played multiple spots along the line showing off his versatility. He was named second team All-Pac 12 in 2013. Hart would be a nice add this late in the draft.
That concludes this edition of my Chargers 7 round mock draft. Let me know what you think by leaving your thoughts below in the comment section.