On Tuesday, the deadline for NFL teams to pick up the fifth-year options for first-round selections from the 2014 NFL draft. Twenty-three players have had their options picked up by their respective teams. Nine players have had their options declined by their respective teams. Those nine players will be unrestricted free agents in the 2018 offseason.
Here’s a refresher of Round One from the 2014 NFL Draft. Draft table provided courtesy of WikiPedia:
As you can see, quite a few stars were born in that draft class whom have become household names today. Odell Beckham Jr., Kahlil Mack, Jadaveon Clowney, Mike Evans, Ryan Shazier, Jason Verrett, Aaron Donald and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix headline the make-good stories from 2014. Suffice it to say those players have all had their options picked up by their respective teams.
This draft will also be known for being the year a brash, young gunslinger named Johnny Manziel was selected. Partying and flashing his signature ‘money’ finger gesture proved to be more important than showing up to practice and putting the needed work in to succeed.
Today, no one knows where he is and more sadly, no one cares. Manziel will forever be a bust and a cautionary tale to all first-round draft picks that just because you’ve been selected; it doesn’t mean you’ve made it. Listed below are the nine Class of 2014 players who will not be with their original teams once the 2017-2018 season comes to an end.
Greg Robinson, Sammy Watkins, Calvin Pryor, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Kyle Fuller, Marcus Smith, Dominique Easley and Justin Gilbert.
Who from this list, if anyone, would you like to see the Bolts pursue in 2018? Post your thoughts below.
The Greg One
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.
I don’t do mock drafts, I rarely even read mock drafts. Mocks are entertaining, but, at the end of the day, as cheap as the paper they’re written on.
With the draft two weeks away, Tom Telesco has his work cut out for him. This year’s roster doesn’t have the holes last year’s roster did and Tom and the boys did a hell of a job. With D.J. Fluker, Manti Te’o and Keenan Allen having a year under their belts, I’m looking for big things from our top three 2013 picks.
Can Telesco pull off another draft like last year? We’ll know soon enough, but I’m excited about this year’s draft class. There are a lot of defensive players to choose from in this draft, the area I hope the Chargers focus on. With that said, here’s my first round wish list.
Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
A strong front seven will make any secondary look better. Nix is a space eater, though experts say he needs to get better shedding double-teams could definitely make an impact. At 340 lbs, he’s a prototypical NT with his size and strength. Handling double teams and occupying blockers frees up ILBs Donald Butler and Manti Te’o in the run game and the occasional inside blitz. If he can effectively occupy blockers, that has a ripple effect on the DEs and OLBs to wreak havoc in the backfield and on the opposing QB.
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Good zone defender with good instincts and good hands but susceptible to double moves and weak in man coverage. Good in run support as well. He’s versatile as well. He has experience playing on the outside and covering slot receivers. Would fit well in John Pagano’s scheme as they don’t play in a lot of man coverages.
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Good instincts, quick to read, react and recover to the ball and not afraid to jump routes. Consistently makes plays on the ball. Just don’t let Deion Sanders mentor him on his tackling. My biggest concern would he his durability.
These three players all seem to be consensus top three choices for the Bolts among talking heads and fans alike. All three will fill huge needs on the defensive side of the ball. I think Nix would have the greatest impact of the three and probably the one guy who could come in and start on day one.
With less than three weeks until the NFL draft, draftniks everywhere are beginning to tighten up their mock drafts in a futile attempt to prognosticate where each future NFL player will end up come May. The latest edition of my Chargers 7 round mock draft will be out in a few days. ( Ahem)
Without sounding disrespectful to myself or others that enjoy doing mock draft work, it’s all a total crapshoot. The same can be said for the “experts” in the NFL. The actual success rate for anyone that participates in mock drafts is generally very low. That being said, I am very hopeful that the mock in question for the purpose of this post is right on the money.
In a two-round mock draft by Bucky Brooks of NFL.com, he has the Chargers electing Kyle Fuller in the first round and then following it up with the second round selection of Louis Nix III. How would that make you feel, BoltFam? I have no problem admitting that I would be ecstatic.
It is my opinion that Kyle Fuller would be a great fit in San Diego. He might even be my favorite corner in this draft. Fuller has the size and skillset to be highly effective in John Pagano’s defensive scheme. And it goes without saying that the cornerback position is certainly in need of an upgrade opposite of Shareece Wright.
As far as the Nix III choice is concerned, if he were to actually fall that far into the second round, there’s a solid chance that he will be the best player available; one that just so happens to fill another huge need for the Bolts. When watching tape of Nix III, you really need to start with the 2012 game footage to get a better idea of what he is capable of on the field when healthy. The 2013 collegiate season showed a player hampered by injury issues. Again, the value of Nix III at the 57th pick would be a no-brainer for San Diego. I can’t say that I would be incredibly disappointed if the Chargers felt the need to pull the trigger on him in the first round. But adding him in the second would be the ideal situation in the drafting of Nix III.
Well, this is where I ask you for your opinion! Please leave a comment below to tell us how you would feel about Fuller and Nix III in lightning bolts. Thanks a lot for reading and I look forward to your comments.
The Chargers have signed two cornerbacks in the last two days in Richard Marshall and Brandon Ghee. Neither one of them is the answer at the cornerback position opposite of Shareece Wright. We already know how the story goes when Marshall was forced into the starting lineup. In short, we’re all hoping that scenario doesn’t play itself out again.
After re-signing Marshall and signing Ghee, it is not likely that the team will add another corner via free agency. I suppose it is not out of the realm of possibility, but, again, I just don’t see it happening.
Knowing that they do not currently have the answer on the roster, San Diego is expected to address CB once again come May at the NFL draft. There are some solid players coming out that might provide the Chargers with the necessary playmaking the position so critically needs.
I have my small list of corners that I would be happy if the Bolts pulled the trigger on in the first round. But this post is not about my opinion. It’s about your opinion.
Below is a poll that has what some might consider the consensus group of cornerbacks that will possibly go in the first round. So I’ll leave it to you. Place your vote on the poll and let me know why you chose the corner you did by leaving a comment below.
Thanks a lot for reading and voting. I hope everyone will leave a comment and let us know their opinions!
Editor’s note: My last name is Peters, as you can see. I have earned the right to use that Sharon joke considering I heard it regarding my last name for over a quarter of a century. 🙂