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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Sleepers Who Fit Perfectly for San Diego Chargers

5 Sleepers Who Fit Perfectly for San Diego Chargers

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The San Diego Chargers have a tough schedule next season and will need all the help they can get from the draft. There are many players who have roots to the West Coast who haven’t gotten as much attention as they should. Here are five sleepers who would fit perfectly with the Chargers.

Paul Richardson

Paul Richardson
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Paul Richardson

Paul Richardson
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Paul Richardson’s speed and playmaking ability would be a great fit opposite of Keenan Allen. The Chargers do not have a lot of speed on offense, and Richardson would add another dimension to the team. He likely won’t be picked until the second day, but would be a steal if the Chargers can get him.

Morgan Breslin

Morgan Breslin
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Morgan Breslin

Morgan Breslin
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Morgan Breslin struggled with injuries last season, but is a very good pass-rusher. The Chargers have struggled to generate consistent pressure, and need players who can get after the quarterback. Breslin likely won’t be picked until the later rounds due to his size and deficiencies against the run, but has enough athleticism to warrant a pick.

De'Anthony Thomas

De'Anthony Thomas
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De'Anthony Thomas

De'Anthony Thomas
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De’Anthony Thomas’ size will scare away a lot of teams, and should be available late in the draft. He has elite speed and can play a situational role on special teams and offense. While not as built as Darren Sproles, he has the potential to present a similar threat with the ball in his hands.

Colt Lyerla

Colt Lyerla
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Colt Lyerla

Colt Lyerla
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Colt Lyerla has great athleticism and is a matchup nightmare at the tight end position. The Chargers will need to find someone to eventually replace Antonio Gates, and Lyerla has great potential. He needs to stay out of trouble off the field, but is worth the gamble late in the draft.

Shaquille Richardson

Shaquille Richardson
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Shaquille Richardson

Shaquille Richardson
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The Chargers are extremely thin at cornerback, and may need to spend multiple picks on the position. Shaquille Richardson has decent speed and does not back down from opposing receivers. He has a lot of ability, and if he can focus on football, then he should be one of the top sleepers in the draft.