2014 NFL Draft Handicapping Tips – San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers snuck into the playoffs last season but don’t let their surprise success fool you into thinking this is not a team looking to upgrade in a number of areas.  

9-7. 3rd AFC West

Draft picks (by round)

  • Round 1 – 25
  • Round 2 – 25
  • Round 3 – 25
  • Round 4 – 25
  • Round 5 – 25
  • Round 6 – 25
  • Round 7 – 25

Chargers 2014 NFL Draft Predictions

Need #1. Their biggest needs are probably on defense, especially on the back end where only S Eric Weddle is really a playmaker.

They could also be looking for someone with some speed on the edge to get in a quarterback’s face. On offense they are set in most places but depth could be an issue.

They are not drafting very high so they are probably going to just go for the best value on the board in the first couple of rounds regardless of position.

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Though they will not be drafting a QB that early doing some succession planning at that position would be wise.

Top Pick Target

DE Dee Ford – I am not sure whether he is a defensive end or linebacker but I am sure he can be a difference maker wherever you decide to play him. At Auburn he was very disruptive and productive and that was against top level competition so I am not concerned that his 40 time was a little slower than expected.

The fact that everyone talks about his work ethic is the exact opposite of a red flag.
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Other potential gets

CB Kyle Fuller  – Fuller has a bit more size than their existing corners and will enable this team to match up better with the likes of Denver and other pass first offenses in the future. He does everything well but he is not a freak athlete.

I really like the fact that he was essentially a 4 year starter at a place like Virginia Tech where they focus a lot on fundamentals.

He is going to be able to step right in and be a player from Day 1. He is good value in either of the first two rounds.

QB Casey Pachall – A suspension kind of derailed his career at TCU but he was trending as good as Andy Dalton before that…maybe better. He has the right size to be an NFL signal caller and in the right program he can mature as Philip Rivers still has a few good years in him.

A perfect #3 QB for 2014 with upside to be a good backup and eventual starter. He is a good athlete too, much better than Rivers.

RB Alfred Blue – The Chargers have no real thumpers in the run game so when it comes to short yardage they have to get creative more times than you would like. Blue is big and has a straight ahead style that is ideal for those kinds of situations.

He is not slow either and because he shared the rock at LSU has plenty of life left. That is an emerging trend for NFL success.

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