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Mock Draft Tracker 4.0

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Here is the fourth version of who some noted draft pundits have the Chargers selecting with the 25th overall selection in the 2014 draft.

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 majority of March’s free agency frenzy in the books, 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 May 8th.

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.:  CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State

What he says: “The Chargers have talent up front on the defensive side of the ball, but they were exploited in the secondary for most of 2013. They simply have to upgrade the talent level. Roby does that. He gets in trouble for his coverage tactics on occasion, but I'm not sure there's a more naturally gifted player at the position in the draft. He has speed, change of direction quickness, plenty of strength and a willingness to make hits. It's about consistency at this point for Roby, but I suspect his learning curve will be impressive.”

ESPN’s Todd McShay:  CB Jason Verrett – TCU

What he says: “The Chargers are another team in need of 3-4 outside linebackers, but the supply is not there at this point in the first round. Cornerback is another need, and Verrett would be a great fit here, with his excellent speed, quickness and ball skills. He is lacking in size, but he plays big enough that I don't think it should be that big of a concern. San Diego can grab a pass-rusher and offensive guard in middle rounds.”

NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah:  DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame

What he says: “Nix was an inconsistent player on tape, but he has the size and quickness to develop into a disruptive three-down player…. Outstanding size. Commands a double team and has two-gap ability. Good quickness off the snap. Has press strength and power to push blockers into the backfield. Shows disruptive ability when his battery is charged. Flashes an arm-over. Redirects well for a big man. Nice pursuit effort. Strong wrap tackler. Scheme versatile.””

NFL.com’s Charles Davis:  WR Marqise Lee – USC

What he says: “Picture this smooth, big-play threat opposite WR Keenan Allen… An extremely motivated, dynamic, playmaking receiver, Lee's junior season was plagued by shoulder, knee and leg injuries and a revolving door at head coach, where he cycled through three. Showed all the traits desired in a No. 1 receiver early in his career and has overcome a lot of adversity in his life to get to this point.”

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks:  CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech

What he says: “The Chargers are intent on adding a big, athletic corner to the lineup to match up with the big-bodied receivers terrorizing the AFC. Fuller has flown under the radar for most of the process, but coaches and scouts are starting to fall in love with his athleticism, length and competitiveness on the perimeter.”

NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread:  OLB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State

What he says: “Chargers get an athletic stopper to help the league's 13th-ranked third-down defense… The Big Ten's leading tackler, Shazier flies around the field and his unique athletic ability stands out. Offers a tremendous combination of speed, tackling and coverage skills to become a playmaker as a run-and-hit 4-3 Will or perhaps a 3-4 weakside 'backer if protected by a block-occupying nose tackle. Value is increased by the fact that he will not have to come off the field.”

CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang:  CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State

What he says: “The Chargers run to the playoffs was all the more impressive when one considers that the team ranked last in the AFC (and 29th overall) in pass defense. Roby wasn't as consistent in 2013 as scouts would like but he is a terrific athlete whose best football may still lie ahead of him. Some team is going to gamble on his upside in the first round.”

CBSSports.com’s Dane Brugler:  DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame

What he says: “With Cam Thomas signing with the Steelers, San Diego can add some depth in the middle of their defensive line. Not sure they'll anticipate Nix still being on the board, but if he is, the pick would make sense.”

CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco:  CB Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma State

What he says: “They have to get better outside. Gilbert is a nice man-cover player.”

CBSSports.com’s Pat Kirwan:  DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame

What he says: “Many believe Nix will go before his teammate Stephon Tuitt, but Nix is a 3-4 nose tackle and has less range. Nix can be a space eater but needs to play the double-teams better. The Chargers let Cam Thomas go in free agency.”

CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson:  CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech

What he says: “Cornerback run! Actually it's been happening for a while now. And it's because the teams at the bottom of the draft need corners and aren't scared of taking advantage of the depth at the position to improve their secondaries. That's exactly what San Diego is doing here.”

Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks: CB Jason Verrett - TCU

What he says: “The Chargers' pass defense has to contend with Denver's Peyton Manning twice a year and has to do better than last season's No. 29 ranking. Fuller and TCU's Jason Verrett are seen as consensus late first-round cornerbacks in this draft, and either one would give San Diego more to work with in the coverage department. Fuller has more prototypical NFL size, but Verrett plays larger than his 5-foot-9, 185-pound measurables.”

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke: CB Jason Verrett - TCU

What he says: “This is close to a no-brainer for me. San Diego has to find more capable bodies at cornerback, particularly in a division that features Denver’s wide-open attack. Verrett’s size (5-foot-10) has kept him from the Gilbert/Dennard conversation as the top CB in this class. His performance at TCU tells a different story. Verrett matched wits with the opposition’s best receivers regularly, no matter the height, and often came away with the upper hand.”

SBNation’s Matthew Fairburn: CB Darqueze Dennard – Michigan State

What he says: “Darqueze Dennard has gone as high as the top 10 in some mock drafts, but he’s not quite as fast as the other corners in this class.  The Chargers would likely rush to the podium if Dennard were still available this late in the first round.”

Bleacher Report’s Dan Hope: CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State

What he says: “Despite a disappointing redshirt junior season, Roby is still arguably the best cornerback prospect in this year’s draft class. He is an exceptional athlete who plays with physicality and has great playmaking ability. What Roby must learn is how to play with more discipline, rather than always trying to utilize that playmaking ability for interceptions and big hits. While he has demonstrated the skill set to be a No. 1 shutdown cornerback in the NFL, his big-play mentality leads to as many lowlights as it does highlights. If the Chargers are concerned about Roby’s up-and-down 2013 season, TCU’s Jason Verrett and Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard would also be strong possibilities to address the team’s cornerback need. One way or another, however, San Diego needs to add more playmakers at the position, and there may not be a better one in this year’s class than Roby.”

Bleacher Report’s James Christensen:  CB Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma State

What he says: “Oklahoma State Justin Gilbert had a poor 2012 season, but bounced back in 2013. The long-armed corner showed good vision, excellent anticipation and the ability to get his hands on the football. If the Chargers want a pure man corner this late in the draft, Gilbert is going to be your guy.”

Bleacher Report’s Steven Cook:  DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame

What he says: “To help plug up a defensive line that sorely needs it, the Chargers will go with Louis Nix III from Notre Dame. Going up against that daunting Fighting Irish schedule, Nix has fought through the most dominant offensive lines in the country all by himself time after time. At 342 pounds, it's not hard to see how that could translate into the NFL.”

 

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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