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 less than two weeks 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 May 8th.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.: OLB Anthony Barr - UCLA
What he says: “I also see cornerback as a possibility here, but the Chargers need another pass-rusher and Barr fits the scheme and offers the upside of a guy I once saw as a likely top-10 pick. Barr has dropped on my board and others because his senior tape didn't live up to the production, and I think he can often be too tentative in his reads and reactions. But we're still talking about a player who has shown the ability to disrupt in the passing game and his workouts didn't really disappoint, either. He's a good value here.”
ESPN’s Todd McShay: CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State
What he says: “Cornerback is the Chargers' top need, and defensive coordinator John Pagano's system requires good corners who can match up man-to-man and get physical with receivers and in run support. I had a tough time choosing between Roby and TCU's Jason Verrett, but I went with the potential of Roby, as he might be the most naturally talented corner in this class, with a very good combination of length, fluidity and straight-line speed. He'll need to improve his recognition skills and eye discipline to succeed as a pro.”
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah: CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech
What he says: “Marqise Lee would be tempting here, but the Chargers need to upgrade their secondary…. Narrow-framed, confident, competitive off-man/zone corner with nice length, field speed and awareness. Is capable of contributing early on special teams and in sub packages.”
NFL.com’s Charles Davis: CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech
What he says: “To beat Denver, you must match up with their pass-catchers, and Fuller has the size and toughness to do so.”
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks: CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech
What he says: “The Chargers need a long, rangy cover corner to match up with the big-bodied receivers that dominate the AFC West.”
NFL.com’s Brian Baldinger: CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech
What he says: “The Chargers have to revamp this position especially in that division, where they are chasing the Broncos and all of their aerial weapons.”
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio: WR Brandin Cooks – Oregon State
What he says: “He says he’s better than DeSean Jackson.
FOX Sports’s Joel Klatt: CB Jason Verrett - TCU
What he says: “The Chargers have to find some players on the outside of their defense, and that is being magnified by the fact that they have to play Peyton Manning twice. Roby is tough and unafraid to fill in the run, but his above-average speed and length are what merit a first-round selection.”
CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang: DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame
What he says: “The Chargers could use help in the secondary but the biggest hole, literally speaking, is at nose guard where the team lost one-time starter Cam Thomas to Pittsburgh in free agency. Nix (6-2, 331) is a load and possesses surprisingly light feet to provide some pass rush, traits which typically result in a top 25 selection.”
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 Will Brinson: CB Jason Verrett - TCU
What he says: “Who cares that he's too short. Verrett's a stud. Even if he's best suited for locking people down in the nickel, you can plug him into an aggressive game plan and watch him make plays.”
CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco: DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame
What he says: “He is a big body who can move.”
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.”
Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks: CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech
What he says: “If the Chargers are going to close the gap on the Broncos in the AFC West, they're going to need reinforcements at cornerback, and Fuller and TCU's Jason Verrett are likely to come off the board right in this mid-20s portion of the round. Fuller had an injury-plagued 2013 season, but he has the athleticism of a starting NFL cover man, and if San Diego passes on him, both No. 26 Cleveland and No. 27 New Orleans likely have him on their short list.”
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke: CB Jason Verrett - TCU
What he says: “In Verrett, they would be taking a player who can line up outside and who might dominate in the slot. The TCU product projects to be available around here only because he stands 5-9. The skill level is borderline top-10.”
SBNation’s Matthew Fairburn: CB Jason Verrett - TCU
What he says: “We rate Verrett as the top cornerback in this year's draft, but he may slide a little because he's not the biggest or most physical at his position. What he is, though, is instinctual and he has a penchant for making big plays. Verrett fits perfectly in a zone system and could enter the starting lineup immediately.”
Bleacher Report’s NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller: CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State
What he says: “The San Diego Chargers have a strong, young defense in place. Their needs in the secondary, though, are becoming bigger. The Chargers lack a true No. 1 cornerback, and there's no one on the roster with that type of developmental potential either. Enter Bradley Roby. The Big Ten standout did struggle at times in 2013 after posting an All-American season in 2012, but he has all the tools (footwork, strength, speed) to be a top-tier outside cornerback.”
Bleacher Report’s Curt Popejoy: CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State
What he says: “Ohio State’s Bradley Roby has playmaking potential that would be tough to pass up while Roby is a more risky selection (after) a roller-coaster junior year, he’s still arguably the most talented cornerback in this year’s draft. From tremendous ball skills to explosive athleticism and playing with physicality, Roby has all the tools needed to be a No. 1 NFL cornerback; he just needs to learn to play with more discipline. Roby’s big-play mindset could make him a star playmaker, or it could lead him to being a bust. If the Chargers feel their coaching staff can mold him into the player he has the upside to be, his skill set could be of great value to the San Diego secondary.”
Bleacher Report’s Scott Carasik: DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame
What he says: “If we want to talk about value, this pick would qualify. If the San Diego Chargers are in a position to wait until No. 25 to get a starting cornerback and Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller is still on the board, they’ll strike gold. He has ideal NFL size, adequate speed and a superior football IQ. He understands coverage schemes well and can excel in nearly any defense. Another plus to Fuller’s game is that he is a willing run defender who shows elite ball skills.”
Bleacher Report’s Matt Fitzgerald: DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame
What he says: “Shoring up the run defense and freeing up pass-rushers are things Nix can do even as a rookie, and it should help the Chargers climb further up in the AFC West. If that doesn't materialize, San Diego should look to a cornerback, but Nix helps out too much all around to ignore.”
Bleacher Report’s Ryan Riddle: OLB Kyle Van Noy - BYU
What he says: “San Diego needs to get younger and faster from the outside. In my opinion, there’s a good chance Kyle Van Noy will eventually have a better career than Anthony Barr. Van Noy is one of the most instinctual playmakers in this draft class. He reminds me a lot of Tyrann Mathieu with his playmaking instincts and clever way of avoiding blockers. I also considered cornerback Kyle Fuller with this pick, but a top-notch edge-rusher like Van Noy is more in line with the Chargers’ needs."
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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