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.