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2014 San Diego Chargers Mock Draft: Post Free-Agency Edition

2014 San Diego Chargers Mock Draft: Post Free-Agency Edition

2014 San Diego Chargers Mock Draft
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The San Diego Chargers have been busy during the 2014 NFL free agency, as they have signed a total of nine players. By far, the biggest acquisition is that of running back Donald Brown, who could be a huge difference maker for the team later this year. Even though the Chargers are active in free agency, they will still need a solid draft in order to improve the roster. Check out a seven-round mock draft for San Diego.

Round 1: Justin Gilbert CB

Justin Gilbert

Round 1: Justin Gilbert CB

Justin Gilbert

It appears inevitable that the Chargers will select a cornerback in the first round because it’s a huge area of need. San Diego ranked last in the AFC in pass defense, which means selecting Justin Gilbert in the first round is the way to go. The freakishly athletic cornerback has an eye for the ball. He will make a living making big-time plays, something he did a lot at Oklahoma State.

Round 2: Cyril Richardson OG

Cyril Richardson

Round 2: Cyril Richardson OG

Cyril Richardson

Another big need for the Chargers is offensive guard. Cyril Richardson has the large size and above-average strength to be an asset inside. The re-signing of Chad Rinehart gives the Chargers some confidence at the position, but adding Richardson to the mix will provide quality competition. When it comes down to it, the success of a team always starts up front. It certainly doesn’t hurt to add to the depth.

Round 3: Jaylen Watkins CB

Jaylen Watkins

Round 3: Jaylen Watkins CB

Jaylen Watkins

The addition of Brandon Ghee via free agency will help the secondary because he will provide an experienced presence. However, the Chargers need all the help they can get at cornerback, which is why they will take another one in the third round. Jaylen Watkins is an unselfish player who has great technique and instincts that should allow him to become a top-notch coverage cornerback.

Round 4: Christian Kirksey OLB

Iowa v Nebraska

Round 4: Christian Kirksey OLB

Iowa v Nebraska

Christian Kirksey was stellar at the Senior Bowl, which should give San Diego even more confidence to select him in the fourth round. He’s a great run-stopper who also has the potential to be an explosive pass rusher at the next level if given the right opportunity. His quick first step and physical play style should allow him to get after the quarterback consistently.

Round 5: Daniel McCullers DT

Daniel McCullers

Round 5: Daniel McCullers DT

Daniel McCullers

If Cam Thomas doesn’t re-sign with the Chargers, San Diego could be in a bit of trouble on the defensive line. The reality is the depth is less than stellar, which is why the Chargers must take advantage in the draft. Defensive tackle Daniel McCullers is a mammoth of a man who uses his massive frame to be very disruptive in the middle. He’s above average against the run and will be a nightmare for opposing offenses to block.

Round 6: Ryan Grant WR

Ryan Grant

Round 6: Ryan Grant WR

Ryan Grant

Giving Philip Rivers another weapon is never a bad idea, especially when the 2014 draft will have one of the deepest receiver classes in recent memory. Ryan Grant is a good route runner with even better hands. In fact, his quick hands are the reason why the Chargers must select him in the sixth round. Even if he’s strictly a slot receiver, Rivers could definitely benefit with someone like Grant on his side.

Round 7: Ethan Westbrooks DE

Ethan Westbrooks

Round 7: Ethan Westbrooks DE

Ethan Westbrooks

The Chargers need depth and a pass rusher on the defensive line. Defensive end Ethan Westbrooks has the potential to fill both roles. He has experience all over the defensive line, but his initial quickness off the snap best suits him for the end position. His aggressive style of play and quality strength will allow him to find different ways to get after the quarterback.