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San Diego Chargers’ 1st-Round Prospect Short List in 2014 NFL Draft

San Diego Chargers' 1st-Round Prospect Short List

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San Diego has many needs, but the biggest are at defensive tackle, corner and offensive line. I still believe if the Chargers have the opportunity to trade out of the first round to acquire more picks, they should. If that doesn't happen, then here are the prospects on their short list at pick No. 25 in the first round.

Grant Waller is a San Diego Chargers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Grant_J_Waller.

5. Jason Verrett, CB, Texas Christian

Jason Verrett TCU
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5. Jason Verrett, CB, Texas Christian

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Verrett is undersized (5-foot-9, 189 pounds), but makes up for it with elite speed (4.38) and athleticism. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and a physicality that rubs off on this teammates. I don't think this would be a great fit because the Chargers already have an undersized corner in Stevie Williams they picked in last year's draft, but Verrett's speed and athleticism can't be overlooked.

Compares to: Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati Bengals

4. Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

Xavier Su'a-Filo UCLA
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4. Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

Xavier Su'a-Filo UCLA
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If the Chargers paired Su'a-Filo with Fluker, it could solidify the right side of their offensive line for the foreseeable future. Mike McCoy has implemented a run-heavy offensive scheme that plays to the strengths of both young lineman. Su'a-Filo has great size (6-foot-4, 304 pounds), strength and experience (38 career starts) to excel in the NFL.

Compares to: Dan Connolly, OG, New England Patriots

3. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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3. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

yle Fuller Virginia Tech
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Fuller has great size (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) and speed (4.49) for the position. He's best in a zone scheme and that's what defensive coordinator John Pagano runs for the Chargers. Fuller is an aggressive and instinctive player who's play should smoothly transition to the NFL level. Fuller's playmaking ability would drastically upgrade a big area of need for the Chargers.

Compares to: Keenan Lewis, CB, New Orleans Saints

2. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

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2. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

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Roby has a rare combination of size (5-foot-11, 194 pounds), elite speed (4.39) and physicality that makes him a very exciting prospect. He can play both man-to-man coverage, mirroring opposing receivers, and in a zone scheme. Roby would bring a physicality to the Chargers' secondary that they've lacked for years. If the Chargers take a cornerback in the first round, it should be Roby.

Compares to: Ladarius Webb, CB, Baltimore Ravens

1. Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

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1. Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame

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Nose tackle is a key to any 3-4 defense and Nix is the best nose tackle prospect in this draft. The Chargers have almost no depth at the position, so Nix would provide immediate impact this season. With a good combination of size (6-foot-2, 331 pounds), strength and athleticism, Nix is a perfect fit in Pagano's defense.

Compares to: Dontari Poe, DT, Kansas City Chiefs





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