San Diego Chargers 7-Round NFL Mock Draft, Late-April Edition

San Diego Chargers' Mock Draft

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Led by WR Keenan Allen and OT D.J. Fluker, GM Tom Telesco and the San Diego Chargers had an impressive draft last season. The Chargers were able to impact talent at key positions, which helped them to a 9-7 record and a surprising playoff run. If the Chargers expect to build upon their 2013 success, the 2014 NFL Draft also must be successful. Here is my best prediction on who the Chargers will select with all seven picks in the upcoming draft.

Round 1 (25th Overall): Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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Round 1 (25th Overall): Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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The Chargers have an obvious need at the cornerback position, and I would be mildly surprised to see them take any other position in the first round. With his impressive athleticism and ball skills, Kyle Fuller would instantly become the best CB on the roster and give the Chargers a potential shutdown option.

Round 2 (57th Overall): Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

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Round 2 (57th Overall): Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

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I think that lack of pure athleticism could make Jordan Matthews slide in this draft. While he may not be a burner, Matthews has great hands, runs impressive routes and simply knows how to get open. In the 2013 draft, the Chargers ended up getting a steal in the 3rd round with Allen, I think this could be a similar situation with Matthews, and the two of them would make a solid WR duo.

Round 3 (89th Overall): Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee

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Round 3 (89th Overall): Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee

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The Chargers must find a nose tackle for the middle of their 3-4 defense. At 6-foot-7, 352-pounds, Daniel McCullers has ideal size and strength to stuff the run up front. While he will not give you much in the pass rush, McCullers would be great against the run and a perfect fit for the Chargers' defense.

Round 4 (125th Overall): Brandon Linder, OG, Miami

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Round 4 (125th Overall): Brandon Linder, OG, Miami

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Brandon Linder is a versatile offensive lineman who would add some much-needed depth to the Chargers' interior offensive line. Linder shows good run blocking skills and is adequate against the pass rush. He is likely a guard at the next level, but I believe he could eventually grow into a right tackle if needed.

Round 5 (165th Overall): Howard Jones, DE/OLB, Shepherd

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Round 5 (165th Overall): Howard Jones, DE/OLB, Shepherd

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Howard Jones is a very long and athletic player who could definitely grow into a great NFL pass rusher. He needs to add size, his skills are very raw and he did not dominate the Division II level like you would hope. That said, Jones has incredible speed and quickness that could make him a special player under the right development.

Round 6 (201st Overall): Dontae Johnson, CB, NC State

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Round 6 (201st Overall): Dontae Johnson, CB, NC State

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At 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, Dontae Johnson has the size and length that teams love at the CB position. The Chargers could easily double-up at CB in this draft, and Johnson is an athletic prospect with upside who would be perfect to take a shot on late.

Round 7: (240th Overall): Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina

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Round 7: (240th Overall): Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina

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I think the Chargers will take a developmental QB late in this draft. Connor Shaw has great athleticism, a pretty strong arm and seemed to make big plays when it counted most in college. That said, his skills are very raw and he will need a ton of development before he is even close to ready to see the field. However, under the tutelage of head coach Mike McCoy, Shaw could have a chance to make it.


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  • Ernie Miller

    This sucks. Fuller is the only pick that I could get behind