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Mock Draft Tracker 5.0

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Here is the fifth version of who some noted draft pundits have the Chargers selecting with the 25th overall selection in the 2014 draft.

In order to serve all Chargers fans, Chargers.com has compiled a list of who some top draft pundits are projecting the Bolts will select with the 25th pick in the draft.

With only a handful of weeks remaining before draft day, a number of changes have been made since our previous Mock Draft Tracker.  Check out below who some notable analysts believe the Bolts will select in the first round of the draft on May 8th.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.:  OLB Anthony Barr - UCLA

What he says: “I also see cornerback as a possibility here, but the Chargers need another pass-rusher and Barr fits the scheme and offers the upside of a guy I once saw as a likely top-10 pick. Barr has dropped on my board and others because his senior tape didn't live up to the production, and I think he can often be too tentative in his reads and reactions. But we're still talking about a player who has shown the ability to disrupt in the passing game and his workouts didn't really disappoint, either. He's a good value here.”

ESPN’s Todd McShay:  CB Jason Verrett – TCU

What he says: “The Chargers are another team in need of 3-4 outside linebackers, but the supply is not there at this point in the first round. Cornerback is another need, and Verrett would be a great fit here, with his excellent speed, quickness and ball skills. He is lacking in size, but he plays big enough that I don't think it should be that big of a concern. San Diego can grab a pass-rusher and offensive guard in middle rounds.”

NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah:  CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech

What he says: “Marqise Lee would be tempting here, but the Chargers need to upgrade their secondary…. Narrow-framed, confident, competitive off-man/zone corner with nice length, field speed and awareness. Is capable of contributing early on special teams and in sub packages.”

NFL.com’s Charles Davis:  WR Marqise Lee – USC

What he says: “Picture this smooth, big-play threat opposite WR Keenan Allen… An extremely motivated, dynamic, playmaking receiver, Lee's junior season was plagued by shoulder, knee and leg injuries and a revolving door at head coach, where he cycled through three. Showed all the traits desired in a No. 1 receiver early in his career and has overcome a lot of adversity in his life to get to this point.”

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks:  CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech

What he says: “The Chargers need a long, rangy cover corner to match up with the big-bodied receivers that dominate the AFC West.”

NFL.com’s Mike Huguenin: DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame

What he says: “The Chargers need a big, physical nose man, and the affable Nix would fit nicely… If the massive interior defender taps into his power more consistently, Nix has ample mass, strength and athleticism to anchor a "30" front as a space-eating, block-occupying run stuffer.”

NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread:  OLB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State

What he says: “Chargers get an athletic stopper to help the league's 13th-ranked third-down defense… The Big Ten's leading tackler, Shazier flies around the field and his unique athletic ability stands out. Offers a tremendous combination of speed, tackling and coverage skills to become a playmaker as a run-and-hit 4-3 Will or perhaps a 3-4 weakside 'backer if protected by a block-occupying nose tackle. Value is increased by the fact that he will not have to come off the field.”

NFL.com’s Matt Smith:  DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame

What he says: “Cam Thomas departed, and they need help all over that defense. Nix is higher on the board than CBs Verrett or Fuller at this point.”

NFL.com’s Bryan Fischer:  WR Marqise Lee – USC

What he says: “Chargers strike gold again with a Pac-12 receiver in Lee, who'll be a great fit in this offense.”

CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang:  CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech

What he says: “Even with the addition of former Cincinnati Bengal Brandon Ghee, the Chargers' secondary is littered with question marks, especially at cornerback. Fuller may lack the size and flashy athleticism of some of his peers but he's an instinctive, physical player who would fit in well in defensive coordinator John Pagano's scheme.”

CBSSports.com’s Dane Brugler:  DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame

What he says: “With Cam Thomas signing with the Steelers, San Diego can add some depth in the middle of their defensive line. Not sure they'll anticipate Nix still being on the board, but if he is, the pick would make sense.”

CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco:  DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame

What he says: “They have to get stronger in the middle of their defense.”

CBSSports.com’s Pat Kirwan:  DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame

What he says: “The Chargers need a nose tackle and many believe Nix is the best. I'm not so sure, but for now he's a Charger.”

CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson:  CB Jason Verrett - TCU

What he says: “Verrett is a physical corner with excellent closing speed and a willing and able tackler who can also blitz from the corner spot effectively. The Chargers need, well, cornerbacks. They should be thrilled landing Verrett here.”

Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks: DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame

What he says: “The Chargers can go a lot of different ways in pursuing a defensive upgrade, with top-notch cornerbacks Kyle Fuller of Virginia Tech, Bradley Roby of Ohio State and Jason Verrett of TCU still on the board, as well as an edge rusher like Auburn's Dee Ford. But the best value at No. 25 might be Nix, the draft's best pure nose tackle. Nix has a Jamal Williams-like quality to his build and game, and nose is certainly not a position of strength at the moment in San Diego. Nix would also make it two ex-Irish defenders in two drafts for the Chargers, joining linebacker Manti Te'o in sunny SoCal.”

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke: CB Jason Verrett - TCU

What he says: “This is close to a no-brainer for me. San Diego has to find more capable bodies at cornerback, particularly in a division that features Denver’s wide-open attack. Verrett’s size (5-foot-10) has kept him from the Gilbert/Dennard conversation as the top CB in this class. His performance at TCU tells a different story. Verrett matched wits with the opposition’s best receivers regularly, no matter the height, and often came away with the upper hand.”

Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farmer: DE Kony Ealy - Missouri

What he says: “One of Ealy’s greatest strengths is that he plays well in different packages — he can rush from the edge as well as he holds up against the run, and he has a special knack for deflecting passes at the line. Though Ealy doesn’t always flash on tape, his versatility and consistency would help a lot.”

SBNation’s Matthew Fairburn: CB Jason Verrett - TCU

What he says: “The fifth cornerback off the board in this mock draft might be the best of the bunch. The only concerns with Jason Verrett are his size and shoulder injury. Neither should change what he showed on the field the last two seasons at TCU. Few cornerbacks are as quick to close on the football. He's as fluid in coverage as any cornerback in this class and would be an excellent pick for the Chargers, who need multiple upgrades in the secondary.”

Bleacher Report’s NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller: CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State

What he says: “The San Diego Chargers have a strong, young defense in place. Their needs in the secondary, though, are becoming bigger. The Chargers lack a true No. 1 cornerback, and there's no one on the roster with that type of developmental potential either. Enter Bradley Roby. The Big Ten standout did struggle at times in 2013 after posting an All-American season in 2012, but he has all the tools (footwork, strength, speed) to be a top-tier outside cornerback.”

Bleacher Report’s Dan Hope: CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State

What he says: “Ohio State’s Bradley Roby has playmaking potential that would be tough to pass up While Roby is a more risky selection (after) a roller-coaster junior year, he’s still arguably the most talented cornerback in this year’s draft. From tremendous ball skills to explosive athleticism and playing with physicality, Roby has all the tools needed to be a No. 1 NFL cornerback; he just needs to learn to play with more discipline. Roby’s big-play mindset could make him a star playmaker, or it could lead him to being a bust. If the Chargers feel their coaching staff can mold him into the player he has the upside to be, his skill set could be of great value to the San Diego secondary.”

Bleacher Report’s Alessandro Miglio:  CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State

What he says: “Bradley Roby to the rescue! The former Ohio State cornerback had a bit of a disappointing season as a junior before coming out for the draft; otherwise, he might have been on track to be a top-15 pick. He did have a fantastic combine, however, and he has the potential to be great at the next level.”

Bleacher Report’s Scott Polacek:  CB Jason Verrett - TCU

What he says: “Jason Verrett doesn’t necessarily have ideal size (5'9", 189 lbs) for a first-round cornerback, but he is a physical presence nonetheless and makes plays on the ball with regularity.  The Chargers need help and depth at the cornerback spot, and with Roby, Gilbert, Dennard and Fuller off the board, they will take a flyer on the TCU-product. They won’t be disappointed.”

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed above represent those of individual authors and do not represent the opinions or policies of the San Diego Chargers' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives.

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