SAN DIEGO -- With the release of ESPN draft guru Todd McShay’s first mock for the 2014 draft on Wednesday in this ESPN Insider piece, I thought we’d take a look at his and other mock drafts to see what types of players are being selected for the San Diego Chargers next season.
McShay has San Diego selecting Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert at No. 17. McShay: “The Chargers’ top need is a pass-rushing 3-4 outside linebacker, so if Buffalo's Khalil Mack drops to this spot, he's the slam-dunk pick. But with him off the board in this scenario, there really isn't another 3-4 OLB who belongs in the first round. San Diego also needs O-line help, but I think Gilbert could be the pick here. He came back hungry this season after a subpar 2012 campaign, and proved to be one of the top cornerbacks in college football. He is a playmaker who is good both in coverage and versus the run, and he has very good size for the position. Other CB options include Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard.”
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com pegs Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby for San Diego. Rang: “The Chargers have made impressive strides under first-year head coach Mike McCoy but one obvious area of concern is at cornerback. The Chargers are allowing a league-worst 67.8 percent of opponents' passes to be completed. A fluid athlete with natural cover skills and the toughness to handle run support on the edge, Roby has the makings of a longtime starter.”
Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com tabs Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu for the Chargers in his first mock draft. Schrager: “[Marcus] Mariota may not be coming out, but this Oregon underclassman should. He could be the top corner taken. San Diego's building a nice young core on D. Here's another addition.”
Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com has the Chargers selecting Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandijo. Brugler: “The Chargers addressed the offensive line in the first round last April with D.J. Fluker, but San Diego still needs help in the trenches, specifically at left tackle. So it wouldn't be surprising if Fluker's former teammate in Tuscaloosa was a target here.”