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With just over 48 hours to go until draft day, a number of changes have been made since our previous Mock Draft Tracker. Check out below who some notable analysts believe the Bolts will select in the first round of the draft on Thursday.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.: OLB Anthony Barr - UCLA
What he says: “I was tempted to put Fuller here -- as that's a pretty big need and I think he can help them early -- but there's a certain point at which you see this level of productivity from a pass-rusher, consider your own need at that spot and have to take a guy like Barr, who needs some developmental work but got to the quarterback plenty, even while he was figuring it out on defense after a conversion from fullback. Cleaning up your ability to defend the pass doesn't just come through better personnel in the secondary. It can start up front.”
ESPN’s Todd McShay: OLB Anthony Barr - UCLA
What he says: “This could be a good time for the Chargers to bring in a developing pass-rusher like Barr. There's more finesse to Barr's game at this point in his career than I'd like to see, and he isn't a great finisher on tape, but he has upside as an edge-rusher because of his elite top-end speed for the position.”
NFL.com’s Charley Casserly: CB Darqueze Dennard – Michigan State
What he says: “The Chargers might look at an O-lineman here, but there are some good ones in the second round. Corners are scarce in this draft. This will be a popular pick for those teams needing a QB to try to get ahead of Cleveland…. Solidly built, athletic, instinctive, press-man cover man who took his game to another level as a senior. Brings intensity, confidence and competitiveness to the corner. Offers size to lock horns with bigger receivers, and has a ceiling as a No. 2 cover man.”
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah: CB Jason Verrett - TCU
What he says: “Louis Nix is an option here, but the need to upgrade the CB position is tough to ignore…. A tough, scrappy, undersized nickel back with potential to ascend to a No. 2 CB if he can stay in one piece. Is not the physical prototype for the position, but compensates with outstanding athleticism, blazing speed and a tenacious temperament. Is a terrific football player who boasts toughness and competitiveness reminiscent of Cortland Finnegan's.”
NFL.com’s Charles Davis: DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame
What he says: “Chargers get bigger, and younger, up front on defense…. If the massive interior defender taps into his power more consistently, Nix has ample mass, strength and athleticism to anchor a "30" front as a space-eating, block-occupying run stuffer.”
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks: CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State
What he says: “He is so talented the Chargers would have a tough time bypassing on a potential lockdown corner. …Urgent, confident, competitive athlete with an intriguing combination of speed, suddenness, ball skills and tackling ability. Has broad appeal given his scheme versatility, and should be able to contribute readily as nickel slot defender and special-teams contributor. Has a ceiling as a No. 2.”
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King: CB Jason Verrett - TCU
What he says: “The Chargers gave up 259 passing yards a game last year, and they face the reality of having to beat Peyton Manning for at least the next two years if they want to win the AFC West. A corner upgrade is vital. Verrett might be the best slot corner in this draft, and he’s good value here.”
Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bedard: DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame
What he says: “Perfect player and perfect scheme. Nix instantly upgrades the middle for the surging Chargers.”
CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang: DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame
What he says: “The Chargers boast two talented defensive ends in Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes but need help inside. They also may feel more comfortable with the gregarious Nix with ex-teammate Manti Te'o in town.”
CBSSports.com’s Dane Brugler: CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State
What he says: “Despite his off-field activities in the news, Roby is still likely to land in round one and the Chargers have the need and have shown the interest.”
CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson: CB Darqueze Dennard – Michigan State
What he says: “Large fall for a guy who's considered one of the top cornerbacks in this class. That's just the nature of the draft economics that saw other defensive backs go ahead of him. San Diego doesn't mind.”
CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco: DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame
What he says: “He's a big, power player.”
CBSSports.com’s Pat Kirwan: DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame
What he says: “The Chargers need a nose tackle and many believe Nix is the best. I'm not so sure but for now he's a Charger and will clog up the middle. One defensive line coach told me Nix needs to get back to his 2012 shape and have more range.”
SBNation’s Ryan Van Bibber: CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech
What he says: “This draft is rife with good corners, and the Chargers land a fine one in the versatile Fuller.”
Bleacher Report’s NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller: CB Darqueze Dennard – Michigan State
What he says: “Dennard has the man-coverage skills you want, but he falls down the board due to questions about speed, injuries and a grabby coverage style that may hinder his translation to the NFL. But his zero coverage skills are defined, and that's worth a first-round pick.”
Bleacher Report’s Marcelo Villa: CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech
What he says: “Blue players, as Telesco refers to them, are top prospects who scouts have deemed pro-ready or instant-impact players. These are the players teams strive to find with their first-round pick—a guy ready to contribute early and often. That description matches up well with Virginia Tech corner Kyle Fuller. Considered one of the top five prospects at his position, Fuller would present San Diego with the answer to its problems in the secondary. That plan could be altered, however, if another team shares the same interest in the Hokie standout.”
Bleacher Report’s Tyler Brooke: CB Jason Verrett - TCU
What he says: “Jason Verrett is a small prospect at 5-9 and 189 pounds, but his fluid hips, aggressive mentality and ball skills make him an easy choice for the Chargers.”
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.
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