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Mock Draft Tracker 1.0
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In order to serve all Chargers fans, Chargers.com has compiled a list of who some top draft pundits are projecting the Bolts will select with the 25th pick in the draft.
It is still very, very early in the process, but with the Super Bowl now behind us, now is as good a time as ever to post the first of many Mock Draft Trackers leading up to the first round of the draft on May 8.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.: CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State
What he says: “Roby isn't yet a complete package at cornerback, but he has top-end speed and quickness, with fluid hips that allow him to turn and run with any kind of receiver. Where he needs to improve is in his ball skills and in not grabbing too much, which will cause him to draw too many flags at the NFL level. But with refinement he can be really good.”
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah: CB Lamarcus Joyner – Florida State
What he says: “Joyner is an undersized (5-8, 190) playmaker in the mold of Tyrann Matheiu. He lines up in the slot for the Seminoles. He has the speed, quickness and fluidity to match up in man coverage as well as the instincts to make plays as an underneath zone defender. He has outstanding ball skills and is a dynamic blitzer from the slot. He produced big plays throughout his career at Florida State.”
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks: CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State
What he says: “Roby is a very fluid, twitched-up athlete who has the ability to play inside or outside. In press coverage, he doesn't re-route but he does a nice job of mirroring underneath and has plenty of juice to run with vertical routes. From off-coverage, he has a quick, fluid pedal and explodes on his plant/drive. He played the ball well last year but struggled mightily in this area in 2013. He was usually in perfect position but had a difficult time locating the football, and he allowed way too many big plays.”
NFL.com’s Charles Davis: TE Jace Amaro – Texas Tech
What he says: “Amaro put up ridiculous numbers in 2013, catching 106 passes for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns. He spends a lot of time flexed in the slot but he will also put his hand on the ground as a traditional inline tight end. He isn't sudden but he's a very smooth route-runner. He had several high-point catches in the games I studied but he also had a couple drops after contact. I love his competitiveness after the catch. He routinely carries defenders for extra yardage. As a blocker, I was surprised with his strength and ability to seal the edge.”
CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang: CB Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma State
What he says: “Gilbert is a spectacular athlete with terrific hand-eye coordination and return skills, making him a threat on defense and as a kick returner.”
CBSSports.com’s Dane Brugler: OT Zack Martin – Notre Dame
What he says: “The Chargers addressed the offensive line in the first round last April with D.J. Fluker, but San Diego still needs help in the trenches. Martin is the type of player who teams will look to keep at tackle, but he might end up being a much better player inside at guard.”
SBNation’s Dan Kadar: OL Zack Martin – Notre Dame
What he says: “In some fashion, the Chargers may make some moves at the position this offseason. Martin spent his career at Notre Dame starting at offensive tackle. But he has the look of a superstar guard. He's a nasty blocker who could star next to D.J. Fluker. “
Bleacher Report Lead Draft Writer Matt Miller: CB Jason Verrett – Texas Christian
What he says: “The work done by new head coach Mike McCoy in San Diego this past season should have earned him serious Coach of the Year talk. There will be time for that, especially if the Chargers continue to develop under the work of McCoy and his strong coaching staff…The best-case scenario is that Jason Verrett is on the board with the No. 25 pick. Verrett isn't the biggest cornerback in the class, but his 5-10 frame is packed with muscle, and he backs that up with physical play against the run and in coverage. Verrett has the man-coverage skills teams are in love with, and he brings the hands and range to be a turnover machine at the cornerback position.”
Bleacher Report’s Eric Galko: OLB Jeremiah Attaochu – Georgia Tech
What he says: “And after seeing the Seahawks consistently get pressure on (Peyton) Manning with just four or five rushers in the Super Bowl and seeing how that rattled him, the Chargers would be wise to follow suit in regards to the building of their roster. Attaochu didn’t get the chance to dominate the last two years at Georgia Tech the way his talent-level should have, as the defense he played in didn’t allow him to consistently produce. But he’s worth a first-round pick, and he could go a lot higher than this after his NFL combine workout.”
Bleacher Report’s Rob Goldberg: CB Jason Verrett – Texas Christian
What he says: “Jason Verrett might not have the size of (Darqueze) Dennard or Gilbert, but his quickness and agility make him one of the best cornerbacks in the class…(The Chargers) still need someone who can cover speedy receivers, and Verrett has that ability.”
Fox Sports Pete Schrager: DT/DE Timmy Jernigan– Florida State
What he says: “Jernigan's name popped up late in the season and he solidified his place as a Day 1 or 2 prospect in the BCS Championship Game in January. At 6-2, 290-300 pounds, he's got the size to play either inside or outside in defensive coordinator John Pagano's 3-4 scheme. He finished with 63 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2013. He's rather light on his feet. Lots of potential to work with. A good pickup at 25th overall.”
USA Today’s Nate Davis: DE Dee Ford – Auburn
What he says: “He's only 6-2, 243 pounds, but he was fabulous at the Senior Bowl and looks ready to convert to outside linebacker — a spot the Bolts have struggled to lock down — for a 3-4 defense.”
The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed above represent those of individual authors and do not represent the opinions or policies of the San Diego Chargers' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives.