The San Diego Chargers should be considering all options for cornerback at pick No. 25 in the 2014 NFL Draft. Top rated corner Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) isn’t likely to fall out of the top 10. From there, a strong cornerback prospect is better than those in the later rounds, and Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech) could be on the radar despite having a hernia injury in 2013.
Fuller had a strong season in 2013 despite only playing in three games. He recorded two interceptions and had ten passes defended. Fuller’s ten passes defended was fourth in the ACC by the end of the season. One of Fuller’s strength to jump high for passes helps him plays bigger than his actual size (6-foot, 190-pounds) and coaches salivate for turnovers. Fuller embraces run support tackling, unlike former first-round Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
The hernia does cause concern to the Chargers, but I believe Tom Telesco and staff would do their due diligence if they do end up drafting Fuller. Telesco took a chance on wide receiver Keenan Allen last year despite having health issues.
It’s obvious that the Chargers are desperate for help everywhere, so pick No. 25 has cannot flop. The problem with that is the last time the Chargers drafted a corner in the first round it was Antoine Cason with the 27th pick. That year the Chargers passed on other cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (16th overall), Aqib Talib (20th overall) and Mike Jenkins (25th overall). So for this year’s draft, no matter what position the Chargers draft for, Telesco must choose the right guy to supplement the 53-man roster.