Posted April 18, 2014

San Diego Chargers Mock Draft Tracker

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San Diego Chargers 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Kony Ealy, Missouri

Kony Ealy, Missouri (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

What will the San Diego Chargers do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 17, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 25: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

We said: The Chargers were an utter mess at the cornerback spot for most of last season, leaving them little recourse but to search high and low in the draft for help. 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.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 25: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

We said: The Chargers can go a lot of different ways in pursuing a defensive upgrade, with top-notch cornerbacks Kyle Fuller of Virginia Tech, Bradley Roby of Ohio State and Jason Verrett of TCU still on the board, as well as an edge rusher like Auburn’s Dee Ford. But the best value at No. 25 might be Nix, the draft’s best pure nose tackle. Nix has a Jamal Williams-like quality to his build and game, and nose is certainly not a position of strength at the moment in San Diego. Nix would also make it two ex-Irish defenders in two drafts for the Chargers, joining linebacker Manti Te’o in sunny SoCal.

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 25: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

We said: San Diego’s defense was a disaster from front to back in 2013. The good news? General manager Tom Telesco can go in a lot of directions when it comes to the inevitable quest for improvement. The team will hope that Dwight Freeney and Melvin Ingram can be the pass rushers needed in 2014, but between Freeney’s age and Ingram’s injury issues, that’s a hot potato. One of Ealy’s greatest strengths is that he plays well in different packages — he can rush from the edge as well as he holds up against the run, and he has a special knack for deflecting passes at the line. Though Ealy doesn’t always flash on tape, his versatility and consistency would help a lot.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 25: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

We said: 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.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 25: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

We said: 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.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 25: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

We said: The Chargers need help at defensive tackle and in the pass rush, and while it’s not easy to fill both needs with one player, Hageman just might fit the bill. He can certainly disrupt inside at 6-6 and 310 pounds, but he’s also athletic enough to make plays in the backfield as a pure three-technique tackle. And with the right team, he might even get a few snaps as a king-sized run-stuffing end.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 25: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

We said: Whichever guy the Bengals pass on would make sense here. Verrett is on the small side at 5-foot-9, but he also reminded everyone who asked at the combine that he covered much bigger receivers out wide during his TCU career. He may have a better chance to succeed in the slot as an NFL corner. Pigeon-holing him into just that spot would be a mistake.

Round 2, pick 57: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

We said: The Chargers add a much-needed lineman in Moses, who said at the combine he could play any tackle or guard spot.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 25: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

We said: The Chargers are yet another team that could be in the market for some cornerback help late in the first round, having made the playoffs despite finishing last in the AFC, and 29th overall, in pass defense. It may be a case of picking their favorite flavor at the position, with Verrett, Florida’s Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy, and Ohio State’s Bradley Roby all bunched together in terms of their projected draft spots. Verrett is viewed as an ideal slot corner, being a little undersized at 5-9, 185, but playing with a sense of toughness and physicality, in addition to having quick feet and polished cover skills.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 25: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

We said: Year 2 of the Chargers’ recovery from five years of A.J. Smith sees them in need of reinforcements along the defensive line. Corey Liuget has shown improved potential, but it’s been hit-and-miss otherwise. 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.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 25: Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor

We said: Dabbled with the idea of doubling down on Alabama linemen with Cyrus Kouandjio here. Ultimately, opted against it because the Chargers have more of a need along the interior of their line. The 340-pound Richardson would help San Diego forget losing Louis Vasquez prior to this season. He’s an absolute load for defensive linemen to handle and plays with a nasty streak.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 13: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

We said: The first corner off the board (though Tennessee, Pittsburgh and a couple teams above could be in the market there). The Chargers have to improve against the pass, and bringing in an aggressive corner of Ekpre-Olomu’s ilk would set the table.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 12: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

We said: The Chargers have some nice pieces cobbled together at wide receiver, but not a ton of top-flight talent. Watkins would be just the type of player coach Mike McCoy needs to really open up his playbook.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 6: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

We said: Because the talent elsewhere will be better at the 2014 draft, offensive tackles will not dominate as they did this year. It’s still a loaded position, and expect Matthews to be right at the top. He might be even better than 2013 No. 2 pick Luke Joeckel.