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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.
With the NFL Scouting Combine kicking off next week in Indianapolis, there have been many changes since our initial Mock Draft Tracker last week. Check out below who some notable analysts believe the Bolts will select in the first round of the draft on May 8.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.: CB Marcus Roberson– Florida
What he says: “There's no question they could use another good cornerback (or two), particularly because I think that defensive line and pass rush could take another step forward next season. Roberson can get a little lackadaisical, but it can also look easy for him out there because he has good instincts and a sense of where routes are going. He has long arms and can get his hands on the ball. He simply needs to be more physical against the run and grab a little less in coverage.”
ESPN’s Todd McShay: CB Loucheiz Purifoy– Florida
What he says: “The Chargers need to upgrade at cornerback and in the return game, and Purifoy could help in both areas. He is raw with his technique but has the potential to develop into a playmaker at corner because of his very good ball skills, and because he's one of the most naturally talented defensive backs in this draft. If the Chargers pass on Purifoy, they could go with a smaller but equally skilled and more polished cover corner in TCU's Jason Verrett. If they take a CB here, they could target a pass-rusher like Auburn's Dee Ford in Round 2 and a guard like Baylor's Cyril Richardson in Round 3.”
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah: DT Louis Nix III – Notre Dame
What he says: “Nix has the body of a 3-4 nose tackle but he has the quickness and agility to play as a shade in a 4-3 defense. Against the run, he has quick hands to lock out solo blocks but he needs to do a better job of resisting pressure when he's doubled. His combination of loose hips and quick hands make him an effective interior pass rusher. He has the power to push the pocket but he doesn't do it as much as he should. His effort is solid.”
NFL.com’s Charles Davis: OLB/DE Kony Ealy – Missouri
What he says: “Ealy is a versatile, athletic player with strong production (9.5 sacks, 14.5 TFL, three FF in 2013). He lines up all along the defensive line and will also stand up at times on the outside. Against the run, he uses his quickness to penetrate and is very disruptive. He flashes the ability to violently stack and shed blocks, but there are other times when he gets washed down the line of scrimmage. As a pass rusher, he creates pressure with a slap/swim move as well as a club/rip move. When he’s lined up on the outside, he shows the ability to convert speed to power. He has the athleticism to drop in coverage and might be best suited as a 3-4 outside linebacker.”
CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang: CB Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma State
What he says: “A standout over his career as a corner and returner due to his agility, acceleration and ball-skills. Gilbert's ability with the ball in his hands is among his greatest assets. He's taken five kickoffs back for scores over his career.”
CBSSports.com’s Dane Brugler: OT Zack Martin – Notre Dame
What he says: “Martin lined up at both guard and tackle at the Senior Bowl and routinely stymied the competition with quickness, power and overall technique. Though Martin lacks the prototypical size of a modern NFL tackle, he has exhibited impressive technique and better-than-average strength, and after a strong Senior Bowl showing, many scouts believe he could not only play on the outside at the next level, but could do so very well. He's instinctive, tough and technically sound despite lacking elite athleticism, and his biggest appeal to NFL scouts may be his versatility as many believe he could step in and succeed either at tackle or guard, as a pro.”
CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco: CB Marcus Roberson– Florida
What he says: “Good size and length for the position and uses his long arms to disrupt receivers. Fluid movement skills with quick feet and body control to blanket in coverage - smooth hips and balanced transition in bump-and-run. Good route anticipation and stays patient and controlled, but also the recovery quickness to take chances. Instinctive and alert to make positive plays on the ball. Barely gets lost with a good feel in coverage, understanding when to look for the ball.”
Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar: OLB/DE Kony Ealy – Missouri
What he says: “Ealy shoots off the snap, and though he needs to lower his pad level consistently, he can play well in hybrid lines at multiple positions.”
SBNation’s Matthew Fairburn: Trade Up to Number 17 Spot to Take OG Xavier Su'a-Filo - UCLA
What he says: “San Diego secured the tackle position in the 2013 draft; adding more help on the interior should be the next priority. To ensure they get their choice of guard, the Chargers will likely have to trade up. Xavier Su'a-Filo is our top-ranked guard and the type of athlete at the position who is worth taking in the middle of the first round.”
Bleacher Report NFL National Lead Writer Michael Schottey: OL Zack Martin – Notre Dame
What he says: “Bringing in D.J. Fluker last year put this team on the right track… Adding Martin, who could play almost anywhere on the Chargers line, would be a coup.”
Bleacher Report’s Richard Langford: CB E.J. Gaines – Missouri
What he says: “E.J. Gaines has the size to jam receivers and the speed to run with them. He would be an instant upgrade for the Chargers in their starting lineup at their biggest area of need.”
Bleacher Report’s Dan Hope: OL Cyrus Kouandjio - Alabama
What he says: “It’s unusual for a collegiate right tackle to be a top-15 draft pick, but the San Diego Chargers’ No. 11 overall pick in last year’s draft, D.J. Fluker, played on the right side at Alabama in part due to the presence of Cyrus Kouandjio at left tackle. Should Kouandjio be available when the Chargers take the clock for the No. 25 overall pick, San Diego would be smart to reunite the duo. ..The junior had some issues with speed rushers outside as an offensive tackle, but his combination of power, length and athleticism give him huge upside as a guard. He is able to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage, while he is a good pull blocker who can pick up defenders at the second level.”
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.