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Evaluating 5 Most Mocked Players to San Diego Chargers in 2014 NFL Draft

5 Most Mocked Players to San Diego Chargers in 2014 NFL Draft

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Mock drafts are all the rage this time of year as the 2014 NFL Draft looms just one week away on May 8. There are plenty of talented individuals in this year’s class, and several different players and positions have been mocked to the San Diego Chargers by the so-called “experts” throughout the mocking season. Here are the five most mocked guys to the Bolts ranked in order of how they would best fit with the team.

5. Jason Verrett, CB

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5. Jason Verrett, CB

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The undersized (5-foot-10, 189-pounds) Jason Verrett is one of those guys who just gets the job done no matter how overmatched he may appear. He reminds me of a slightly less athletic version of Tyrann Mathieu a year ago without the red flags. Though Mathieu went in Round 3 due to the off-field concerns, most peg Verrett as a late-first, early-second round prospect. But choosing him would reek of settling which is why he ranks lowest on the list

4. Bradley Roby, CB

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4. Bradley Roby, CB

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Speed is a tremendous and necessary attribute to have as a cornerback, but Bradley Roby’s lack of consistency and slight frame make him a bit concerning. World-class speed or not, sometimes guys just have to man up on the outside and get up in press coverage. Roby has a tendency to concede the short routes on the edge, and the Chargers have already dealt with corners in Round 1 (Antoine Cason) who had that issue.

3. Kyle Fuller, CB

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3. Kyle Fuller, CB

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There’s a reason why Kyle Fuller ranks as the most desired cornerback among those being mocked to the Bolts. He just looks the part of an NFL cover guy at 6-foot, 190-pounds, and his intangibles are off the charts with terrific instincts and an ability to break and make a play on the ball that is second to none in this class. The secondary is rough, but addressing the top two positions on this list would cure those issues.

2. Louis Nix, NT

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2. Louis Nix, NT

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For quite some time I was in the camp touting Louis Nix as the only sensible option for the Chargers at No. 25, and he still is if the top dog on this list is gone. With his plug-and-play ability in the 3-4 at nose tackle, there’s really no reason this isn’t the perfect marriage. San Diego hasn’t had a consistent presence in the middle since Jamal Williams left over a half-decade ago, and Nix would instantly upgrade the run defense.

1. Anthony Barr, Pass Rusher

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1. Anthony Barr, Pass Rusher

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Now the only reason Anthony Barr resides at the top of this list is due to both so-called “experts” Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay pegging him to be in lightning bolts on draft day. For once it would actually be a good thing if those two talking heads were correct, because there’s no doubt the Chargers could use a boost in the pass rush department. If Barr really does experience the draft day slide, San Diego would be thrilled to rescue him at 25.

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