2014 NFL Draft: 10 Late Round Prospects the Chargers Need To Consider

10 Late Round Prospects the Chargers Need To Consider

Tom Telesco San Diego Chargers
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Finding quality players late in the NFL Draft is how you build a consistent playoff team. San Diego Chargers GM Tom Telesco knows about late-draft success from his time working alongside Bill Polian in Indianapolis. These 10 prospects are projected to be selected between the fifth and seventh rounds, and could be great fits in San Diego.

Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State

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Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State

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With Nick Hardwick entering his 11th season with the Chargers, San Diego needs to find his eventual replacement. Corey Linsley is extremely strong, posting 36 reps of 225 pounds, while also being surprisingly athletic. Linsley has good foot work and gets to the second level of a defense as well to open running lanes. He's also very durable, starting all 26 games for the Buckeyes the past two seasons.

John Brown, WR/KR, Pittsburg State

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John Brown, WR/KR, Pittsburg State

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San Diego has been searching for a dynamic and reliable returner ever since Darren Sproles left. Brown has superior speed (4.34 40-yard dash), vision and acceleration. Last year, at Division II Pittsburgh State, Brown scored 17 touchdowns (14 through the air, two on ground and one kick return). Brown holds all receiving records at Pitt State and has five career return touchdowns (three PR, two KR). Having a dynamic returner is a game-changer.

Morgan Breslin, OLB, USC

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Morgan Breslin, OLB, USC

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Breslin was snubbed from the NFL Combine, but has a proven track record during his time at USC. In 2012 Breslin recorded 62 tackles, 19.5 for loss and 13 sacks. A hip injury hampered him in 2013, but Breslin still recorded eight tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in five games. He lacks the ideal athleticism and size for an NFL outside linebacker, but it's one area, of many, that San Diego needs help at.

Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

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Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

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The Chargers' offense has excelled in recent years with big receivers (Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd) and Brandon Coleman (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) could be a great target for Philip Rivers opposite Keenan Allen. With Floyd injured, receiver is an area of need. Coleman isn't a polished route-runner or pass-catcher, but his size and strength offer a dangerous red zone threat.

Russell Bodine, C/OG, North Carolina

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Russell Bodine, C/OG, North Carolina

Russell Bodine North Carolina
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Bodine's a versatile player with experience at center and guard. He has great size (6-foot-3, 310 pounds) and strength, while possessing good quickness off the line. Bodine lacks lateral agility, but in the right system could develop into a solid starter. Bodine also has good lower body strength that helps him absorb a bull rush. Bodine could learn behind Hardwick, to become the eventual starter, while contributing at guard during the season.

Dontae Johnson, CB, North Carolina State

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Dontae Johnson, CB, North Carolina State

Dontae Johnson North Carolina State 6'2
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The Chargers' cornerbacks were among the worst in the NFL last year, so the position is a priority. Johnson has great size and recorded the third tallest measurements among defensive backs at the combine. Johnson has a great combination of size, speed and athleticism, but his technique is a little underdeveloped. He's a sure tackler and not afraid to finish plays, as well as boasting versatility playing both safety and cornerback.

Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State

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Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State

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Janis' resume at Division II Saginaw Valley is almost flawless. He posted back-to-back seasons of 80+ receptions, 1,500+ yards and 14+ touchdowns. Janis has a prototypical wide receiver frame (6-foot-3, 219 pounds) and possess great speed. He's strong, athletic and breaks in and out of routes very well. Janis never faced quality competition at Saginaw Valley, but could develop into a quality No. 2 receiver given some time.

Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama

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Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama

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Hubbard recorded 41 tackles, 11 for loss, seven sacks and three forced fumbles in a breakout year in 2012, but took a step back last season with significant dips in each category. He has a giant frame, which can limit him athletically at times. Hubbard possess the power and length to be a solid run defender in the NFL. He might not be available in the fifth round, but if he does drop it would be a great value pick for the Chargers.

DeAndre Coleman, DT, California

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DeAndre Coleman, DT, California

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The Chargers should address the defensive tackle position early in the draft, but taking Coleman in a later round would provide them with much-needed depth. Coleman has great size (6-foot-5, 314 pounds) and will be best used as a run-stuffer in the NFL. Coleman's best attribute might be his durability. For a man his size, Coleman played in all 37 games for Cal over the past three seasons.

Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech

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Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech

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Exum has great size and versatility. He played safety at an All-ACC level in 2011, then transitioned to corner in 2012 where he led the team with five picks and 16 pass breakups. Exum was sidelined most of 2013 rehabbing a torn ACL and sprained ankle. His injuries are red flags, but his potential can't be overlooked. Pairing Exum with a higher draft pick (Roberson or McGill in 2nd) would give San Diego a very promising secondary.


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