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5 Best Case Scenarios For San Diego Chargers at No. 25 in 2014 NFL Draft

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5 Best Case Scenarios For San Diego Chargers

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Finding a genuine need on the San Diego Chargers’ roster was difficult entering the offseason as the team had sufficiently retooled several areas to see significant improvement in 2013. That doesn’t mean the Bolts are without holes, however, which has the 2014 NFL Draft now in focus. Picking at No. 25 overall leaves many variables up in the air, but these would be the five best case scenarios for San Diego when they are put on the clock.

5. Darqueze Dennard Falls

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5. Darqueze Dennard Falls

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The value of cornerbacks tends to escalate come draft day, but it’s possible Darqueze Dennard sees the fall that some mock drafts have him projected to make. There’s a certain physicality in Dennard’s play that would be welcomed in the San Diego secondary with his in-your-face attitude in coverage. It’s probably a long shot for him to slide all the way to No. 25, but it wouldn’t be upsetting in the least to see him in lightning bolts.

4. Louis Nix Remains Available

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4. Louis Nix Remains Available

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It might not be a huge value pick, but adding Louis Nix would address the most pressing need on the roster with the best player in this class to fill it. Nose tackle has been a revolving door since the heyday of big Jamal Williams inside for the Chargers, and at 6-foot-2, 331-pounds Nix would immediately upgrade a porous run defense while also adding the ability to split gaps and be a penetrator to disrupt the rhythm of opposing QBs.

3. Kyle Fuller Still on the Board

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3. Kyle Fuller Still on the Board

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Perhaps it’s merely a personal preference thing, but to me Kyle Fuller is the best cover corner in this year’s class. His read-and-react skills are second to none with route recognition prowess to have a leg up on the competition. Physicality is another added perk with Fuller as he stands 6-foot, 190-pounds and plays like a much larger kid with some serious toughness. A pick like this would immediately upgrade a shaky seconardy for the Bolts.

2. Trade Down Available To Early Round 2

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2. Trade Down Available To Early Round 2

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It’s highly possible that a QB-hungry team that passed on one of the elites at the top of the draft will want to jump ahead of the Browns (who are expected to target Derek Carr at No. 26) in order to snag a signal-caller. This scenario would allow the Chargers to move down approximately 10 spots, add an extra pick and still potentially grab Louis Nix or perhaps Deone Bucannon in early Round 2. Win-win.

1. Anthony Barr Slides

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1. Anthony Barr Slides

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Though it may seem like a pipe dream, several mocks have teams passing on Anthony Barr out of fear that he has maxed out his potential at the college level. For a mere two-year starter to have maxed out already is purely ludicrous, and the Bolts would love to add a pass rusher like Barr into the mix to help improve one of their defense’s weakest areas. He may need some adjustment time, but Barr would offer serious value to San Diego at No. 25.

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