By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on May 4, 2014
After reaching the divisional round of the playoffs last season, the San Diego Chargers have not been very active this offseason. That means they're going to need a successful draft if they're going to be able to keep up in a division that had two other playoff teams last year. Here is a full seven-round mock draft of what the Chargers could do in the 2014 NFL Draft.
This pick will depend a lot on what the teams in front of the Chargers do. But San Diego needs a cornerback, and Verrett is one of the best available as a player well deserving of a first round selection. He was a three-year starter in college and has good coverage skills, so San Diego will expect him to step in and start as a rookie.
Easley's stock has fallen because of injuries, but despite also lacking ideal size he has the talent of a first-round pick. The Chargers could use extra help along the defensive line, and if Easley stays healthy, they could have a steal.
The Chargers have a big hole to fill at outside linebacker, and Reilly has a big frame to fill that hole, as well as intriguing athleticism. He's not a top-flight pass rusher, but he'll contribute in that department and hold up well against the rush. In the third round, he's too good for San Diego to pass up.
Street doesn't have the high ceiling that many of the wide receivers who will be drafted on Day 1 and Day 2 possess, but he has good size and ability even though he doesn't have blazing speed. San Diego's streak of missing on wide receivers ended last year with Keenan Allen, and Street could become a nice complement to Allen.
One cornerback isn't going to be enough for the Chargers, so they're going to add Mitchell on Day 3. He has a history of making big plays, and if he can become more consistent in coverage, Mitchell will have a nice NFL career. If nothing else, he'll give the San Diego secondary added depth.
Hazel doesn't have a strong frame, nor did he face quality competition in college, but he definitely has an NFL skill set. He could give the Chargers a nice third or fourth receiver who can be productive in a part-time role.
The Chargers can't complete this draft without taking an offensive lineman, and Bodine would be a nice pickup in Round 7. He has the talent to one day develop into a starter in the NFL.
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