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Grading the San Diego Chargers’ 2014 Draft Picks

Grading the San Diego Chargers' 2014 Draft Picks

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The San Diego Chargers entered the NFL Draft hoping to add talent to help them advance further in the playoffs. They were able to address several areas of need with a limited amount of picks. Here are the grades for each individual pick.

1st Round - Jason Verrett

Jason Verrett
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1st Round - Jason Verrett

Jason Verrett
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The Chargers need to improve their pass defense, and drafting a cornerback in the first round was a good step. Jason Verrett is undersized, but he possesses great speed, ball-skills and toughness. He will likely be matched up against smaller slot receivers and could eventually begin to defend the opposing No. 1 receivers as well. Grade: B

2nd Round - Jeremiah Attaochu

Jeremiah Attaochu
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2nd Round - Jeremiah Attaochu

Jeremiah Attaochu
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The Chargers need a better pass rush to help out their secondary, and Jeremiah Attaochu is a very good player. While they did have to deal away a fourth-round pick, Attaochu should be able to contribute on situational plays to rush the passer. Grade: B+

3rd Round - Chris Watt

Chris Watt
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3rd Round - Chris Watt

Chris Watt
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The team is still looking to improve their offensive line, especially with aging veterans on the interior. Chris Watt should provide versatility and give the Chargers more options going forward. However, there were other options available at the time that may have been a better fit. Grade: C+

5th Round - Ryan Carrethers

Ryan Carrethers
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5th Round - Ryan Carrethers

Ryan Carrethers
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Ryan Carrethers performed very well in workouts leading up to the draft, and he should compete for the starting nose tackle position. He has the strength to occupy linemen and also recorded a large number of tackles in college. Grade: B-

6th Round - Marion Grice

Marion Grice
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6th Round - Marion Grice

Marion Grice
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Marion Grice is a running back with good pass-catching skills, but he lacks breakaway speed out of the position. The team already has three running backs, so it will be interesting to see if Grice can make the roster. Grade: C+

7th Round - Tevin Reese

Tevin Reese
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7th Round - Tevin Reese

Tevin Reese
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Tevin Reese offers a lot of speed from the wide receiver position, which is something the Chargers currently lack. He has the ability to get behind the secondary and can help stretch out the defense. It would be a huge plus if he is able to make the team. Grade: B+