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.
After a few broken promises, and some seriously busy times, it is now time for me to release this year’s third edition of my Chargers 7-round mock draft. At this point of the year with, literally, thousands of mock drafts out there, many fans will not even click on the link to this post. And I can’t say that I blame them.
That being said, the draft is fast approaching and I’ll have my final edition coming out the day before the draft. For those of you that have read the other two versions, you’ll recognize a name or two in this article.
Let’s just get right to. Enjoy and be sure to tear it apart in the comment section below. Don’t worry, I can take it.
The San Diego Chargers trade the 25th pick in the 1st round to San Francisco and obtain the 30th pick and the 77th pick.
Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
To honestly convince myself that the Chargers taking another OLB in the first round was the right way to go was difficult. But Kyle Van Noy is my favorite “football player” in this draft. He’s neither overly fast, nor is he the most athletic player in this draft class. But the guy just makes plays and is always around the football. My opinion is that he is the perfect complement to Melvin Ingram on the other side. Despite having Dwight Freeney surging toward a healthy 2014, he’s no spring chicken. Van Noy’s selection will upset fans due to the fact that he will not see the playing time that most folks would like out of a first round pick. I do NOT want to watch this guy in a jersey that doesn’t have lightning bolts. Therefore, he’s the pick in the first round after trading down.
Marcus Martin C/G USC
There’s a strong chance that Martin will not be available when the Bolts are on the clock with the 57th pick in this year’s draft. But stranger things can and do happen at an alarming rate during the NFL draft. Martin could immediately come in and start at guard for San Diego. Although the word on the street is claiming that Jeromey Clary isn’t going anywhere this year, Martin being on the board makes this pick quite simple, in my opinion. His future with San Diego would have him replacing one of my favorite Chargers of all-time, Nick Hardwick, when the man in the middle of our offensive line decides to hang them up. Getting Martin here is another move that would bolster the roster to ensure that the future is where this team is focused.
Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
The need for a quality wideout to take away some of what will be the inevitable bracketing of Keenan Allen is a real problem to solve for the Charger offense. Matthews has the size and speed that make for a solid package at wide receiver. His play at Vandy shows that he needs some work but he has all of the ability to be a solid number two at the next level. Pairing him with Allen gives the Bolts a bright future when looking at the wide receiving corps.
Justin Ellis NT Louisiana Tech
I had the pleasure of watching Ellis live from the press box in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior bowl. The quickness a man his size plays with is certainly something to be seen. Although his bull-rush is his best move, he needs to develop a more varied repertoire to be highly successful at the next level. Choosing Ellis here is a wise move and the team would be lucky to add him to its defensive line.
E.J. Gaines CB Missouri
The fans clamoring for a cornerback have now had their hunger sufficed. Or have they? Gaines is a solid, yet underrated, corner in this draft. He has above average ability in coverage and he’s very physical versus the run for a cornerback. Gaines displays a fundamental ability in his footwork that should excite all defensive back coaches. His ability to read and react reminds me of Jason Verrett. But Gaines can be had here in round four as opposed to Verrett’s likely first-round selection.
Taylor Hart DE Oregon
When looking at the rookie season for San Diego’s Kendall Reyes, one might have thought that we were set at defensive end for quite sometime. Coupling Reyes with Corey Liuget seemed like a recipe for success. Reyes looked a bit sluggish at times in 2013 and might be better used in pass-rushing situations as opposed to a starter in the team’s base defense. The need for a solid NT will obviously aid in his hopeful return to his rookie year numbers. Hart is a great football player that has the skillset to get after the quarterback from the defensive end position in John Pagano’s 3-4 alignment. His play against the run would apply the necessary pressure to Reyes to have him step it up, or take a seat in the base defense. If Hart is here in round 5, it would be a no-brainer for Tom Telesco to pull the trigger.
Brandon Thomas G Clemson
When it was announced that Thomas suffered a torn ACL while training, the draft world was sharing a serious entiment of pain for the young man from Clemson. Thomas was looked at as a player that could be drafted as early as the second round. His injury will, unfortunately, force him to drop significantly. Considering the scenario of him dropping, the gamble of taking a player like Thomas this late in the draft makes perfect sense. His long arms and great functional strength make him a guy that fits perfectly at guard. Thomas plays through the whistle and he keeps the motor revving at all times.
Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
Like Thomas, Colvin tearing his ACL – his injury occurring at the Senior bowl – guaranteed that his selection in the 2014 draft will not be one that shows his true ability. Colvin had the opportunity to go much sooner, even as early as the mid to late second round. Despite a slight frame, he has a solid knowledge of the game and is not afraid to gamble. He anticipates routes well and has very nice ball skills. Many 6th and 7th round picks are forgotten about in due time. That will not be the case for either Thomas or Colvin.
And there you have it. Now that you have it….. RELEASE THE HOUNDS!!!!! Leave your comments below and tell me what you think. Thanks a lot for reading and commenting.
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.