Ranking the San Diego Chargers’ 2014 Draft Picks From Worst to First

Ranking the San Diego Chargers' 2014 Draft Picks From Worst to First

Jason Verrett, San Diego Chargers, 2014 NFL Draft
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The San Diego Chargers had a successful 2014 NFL Draft. General manager Tom Telesco was able to find good value with the team's six selections, drafting several players who should be able to make an immediate contribution to the team. Here is a look at how the Chargers' picks rank from worst to best.

6. Sixth-Round (201st overall)- Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
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6. Sixth-Round (201st overall)- Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
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Marion Grice had a productive college career at Arizona State. Grice has good speed and elusiveness when running the ball, but his best trait is his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. Grice caught 50 passes for 438 yards and six touchdowns during his final season at ASU. While Grice is unquestionably talented, he may struggle to make the roster due to San Diego's depth at running back.

5. Seventh-Round (240th overall)- Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor

Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor
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5. Seventh-Round (240th overall)- Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor

Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor
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The Chargers drafted speedster Tevin Reese in the seventh-round of the draft. Reese excelled in Baylor's spread system where he could use his speed and agility to make defenders miss in space. Reese's main issue is his lack of size. He weighs just 163-pounds and has a very narrow frame. The Chargers would be smart to let Reese develop slowly and allow him to get stronger.

4. Third-Round (89th overall)- Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame

Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame
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4. Third-Round (89th overall)- Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame

Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame
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The Chargers added depth to their offensive line with their selection of Chris Watt. Watt is a strong, athletic lineman with good technique. He is best suited to be a backup at first, but he has the skill set to develop into a starter down the road. San Diego chose Watt over guards Trai Turner and Brandon Linder, and it will be interesting to see how the Chargers feel about this move a few years from now.

3. Fifth-Round (165th overall)- Ryan Carrethers, NT, Arkansas State

Ryan Carrethers, NT, Arkansas State
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3. Fifth-Round (165th overall)- Ryan Carrethers, NT, Arkansas State

Ryan Carrethers, NT, Arkansas State
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One of the Chargers' biggest needs coming into the draft was depth along their defensive line. San Diego drafted Ryan Carrethers in the fifth-round to address this need. Carrethers has the size and strength to clog the middle of the D-line and occupy multiple blockers. He is not a player who will generate pressure on the quarterback, but he will improve San Diego's run defense.

2. Second-Round (50th overall)- Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
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2. Second-Round (50th overall)- Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
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San Diego traded up in the draft to select edge-rusher Jeremiah Attaochu. Attaochu is a prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker who can rush the passer and drop into coverage. If he can continue to get stronger and improve against the run, he will be a force for years to come. The Chargers already have a handful of quality outside linebackers, but adding additional pass-rushers is never a bad move.

1. First-Round (25th overall)- Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
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1. First-Round (25th overall)- Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
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The Chargers used their first pick on cornerback Jason Verrett. Verrett is a tenacious, athletic corner who will instantly improve the Chargers' secondary. He will likely be the Chargers' nickel corner, a position of growing importance in today's NFL. At 5-foot-9, Verrett is at a disadvantage against taller receivers. Still, his great instincts allow him to hold his own in coverage against bigger players. The Chargers got a steal in Verrett.

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