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2014 NFL Draft: San Diego Chargers’ 7-Round Best-Case Scenario Mock

Chargers' Best-Case Scenario 7-Round NFL Mock Draft

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The 2014 NFL Draft is less than a week away, and Tom Telesco and the Chargers have a lot to think about. Telesco put together a great draft last year, but he needs to follow that up with another good one if the Chargers want to take the next step as a team. San Diego's biggest holes (DT, CB, OLB, WR and OL) are on the defensive side of the ball, so this mock draft will address those needs. Here's my best-case scenario, 7-round mock draft.

Round 1 (Pick 25): Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

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Round 1 (Pick 25): Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

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The Chargers have a huge need for a traditional nose tackle in their 3-4 defense. Nix is the best and most natural NT prospect in this draft. He has the prototypical size (6-foot-2, 331-pounds), while also providing great strength and athleticism. Nix has the ability to apply quick pressure by splitting gaps and bull-rushing opponents. He also offers the ability to be a consistent run-stuffer.

Another Option: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Round 2 (Pick 57): Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young

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Round 2 (Pick 57): Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young

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Van Noy is a prospect who could provide the Chargers with immediate impact. Jarret Johnson has been inconsistent and injury-prone in two years with San Diego, and Freeney is only signed through next year. Van Noy would fit perfectly opposite Ingram and along side Butler and Te'o. He's a quick, instinctive and physical linebacker who plays the run very well and can also drop back in coverage.

Another Option: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

Round 3 (Pick 89): Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

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Round 3 (Pick 89): Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

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Desir has great size (6-foot-1, 198-pounds), length and athleticism for a corner. This is another big need for the Chargers, and Desir fits the bill. He dominated lower-level competition in college (25 picks) and had great performances at the NFL Combine and Senior Bowl. Desir has good speed, patience, balance and fluidity to be a solid NFL cornerback.

Another Option: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

Round 4 (Pick 125): Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh

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Round 4 (Pick 125): Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh

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San Diego only has receivers Floyd, Allen and Brown signed after next season. Street could help fill the void left over with the departure of Vincent Jackson a couple years ago. Street is an excellent route runner and has a great hands. He leaves Pittsburgh as their all-time receptions leader. Street doesn't have top-end speed, but he is quick and has good size (6-foot-3, 200-pounds) for the position.

Another Option: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

Round 5 (Pick 165): Antone Exum CB, Virginia Tech

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Round 5 (Pick 165): Antone Exum CB, Virginia Tech

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Exum has tremendous upside but an injury concern. An ACL injury limited him to three games in 2013, but Exum was impressive the previous two years as an All-ACC selection in 2011at safety and again in 2012 at corner. In those two years Exum recorded 26 pass breakups, six picks and four forced fumbles. His versatility and physicality would be an asset to a struggling Chargers secondary.

Another Option: Dontae Johnson, CB, North Carolina State

Round 6 (Pick 201): Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse

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Round 6 (Pick 201): Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse

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With almost no depth at DT, it would be wise for the Chargers to address the position again. Bromley is a big, physical prospect with the strength to take on double teams and the quickness to pressure opposing quarterbacks. Bromley has the versatility to play all over the defensive line and would provide good depth at a position of need for San Diego.

Another Option: Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama

Round 7 (Pick 240): Corey Linsley, C/OG, Ohio State

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Round 7 (Pick 240): Corey Linsley, C/OG, Ohio State

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Linsley would be a perfect heir to starting center Hardwick and is one of the strongest players in the draft (benches over 500-pounds). He has good quickness and awareness to anchor the pocket and open running lanes for ball carriers. Linsley is versatile with experience at guard and is very durable starting all 26 games the past two years for the Buckeyes.

Another Option: Russell Bodine, C/OG, North Carolina