1st Round: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Measurables: 5-10, 180 lbs
40-YD Dash: 4.5
2013: 2 interceptions, 39 tackles, 14 pass breakups (7th nationally)
2012: 6 interceptions (5th nationally), 63 tackles, 16 pass breakups (2nd nationally)
2013: First-Team All-Big 12, second-team All-American, Jim Thorpe Semifinalist, Lott IMPACT Trophy Quarterfinalist, invited to Senior Bowl
2012: First-Team All-American, Big 12 Defensive Player of the year, First-Team All-Big 12
Jason Verrett is one of the best Cornerbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has fluid hips and quick footwork allowing him to break on the ball. Verrett also has very impressive instincts and often baits the Quarterback into making a bad throw. Against the run, Verrett is very aggressive which allows him to be productive against both the pass and run.
The only knock on Verrett is his size. Listed at only 5-10 and 176, Verrett is slightly undersized but his big play on the field should make up for his small frame. The Charger's biggest need is a Cornerback and Verrett is a solid number one that will immediately strengthen the secondary.
2nd Round: Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
Measurables: 6-5, 340 lbs
2013: Finalist for Outland Trophy, first-team All-American, first-team All-Big 12, invited to Senior Bowl
2012: Second-Team All-American, First-Team All-Big 12, Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the year
Cyril Richardson led Baylor's rushing attack averaging 259.7 ypg (13th nationally). Richardson also led his team with 89 knockdowns. Richardson is one of the biggest Guards in the draft but he is surprisingly quick. He is very aggressive against the run and overpowers the defense with his frame. He needs to work on his awareness and his handwork at times.
The Chargers might slightly be reaching for Richardson in the 2nd but he definitely would not fall to them in the 3rd. Richardson would fill the Chargers second biggest need: a solid Offensive Guard. With the addition of Richardson, the Chargers would have one of the best Offensive Lines in the NFL.
3rd Round: Daquan Jones, DT, Penn St
Measurables: 6-3, 318 lbs
40-YD Dash: 5.1
2013: 48 Tackles, 3 Sacks
2012: 1/2 Sack, 22 Tackles
2013: First-Team All-Big Ten, invited to Senior Bowl
DaQuan Jones was the leader of a Penn State defense in 2012 that was 16th nationally in scoring defense (19 ppg). He is a massive Defensive Tackle that is 6-3, 318 lbs. NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt called DaQuan Jones, "The best senior Defensive Tackle in the nation" (NFL). Jones looked much quicker off the snap this year than he did last year (Jones lost 25 lbs in the off-season). He has impressive size but can struggle at times getting leverage because of his height. The Chargers need help on the Defensive Line and Jones would definitely help plug up the middle.
4th Round: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
Measurables: 6-5, 200 lbs
40-YD Dash: 4.4
2013: 7 TD, 828 YDS, 42 REC, 19.7 AVG
2012: 4 TD, 305 YDS, 10 REC, 30.5 AVG
2013: Honorable Mention All-ACC
What do Calvin Johnson, Vincent Jackson, A.J. Green and Brandon Marshall all have in common? They are 6-4 or higher. Martavis Bryant, listed at 6-5, 200 lbs is one of the tallest receivers in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bryant shows great elevation and is a matchup nightmare just because of his size alone. While Sammy Watkins received more attention, I think Martavis Bryant is one of the hidden diamonds in the draft and the Chargers would be lucky to have him in the 4th round.
One aspect of his game that needs polishing is catching. Bryant displays acrobatic catches but also drops easy receptions too often. Bryant also needs to gain pounds because at 200 lbs, he is thin for a Wide Receiver. Once Bryant is placed into an NFL meal plan, his weight should not be a problem.
The Chargers have talent at receiver but Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander are often injured. Keenan Allen is an excellent #1 receiver and I think Martavis Bryant would be able to step in and start as the #2 receiver. He also would provide another deep threat for Philip Rivers.
5th Round: Aaron Lynch, DE, USF/Notre Dame
Measurables: 6-6, 244 lbs
40-YD Dash: 4.75
2013 (USF): 6 Sacks, 30 Tackles, 4 QBH
2011 (Notre Dame): 5.5 Sacks, 33 Tackles, 14 QBH, 1 FF
2013: First-Team American Athletic Conference
2011: First-Team Freshman All-American
Aaron Lynch has the potential to be a top 35 talent in The 2014 NFL Draft. He is a physical machine listed at 6-6, 244 lbs. Top-ranked Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney is 6-6, 249 lbs. While Clowney is definitely the more talented and polished of the two, Lynch and Clowney have an almost identical frame. Lynch has a perfect body for an NFL Defensive End.
At Notre Dame, Lynch was dominant and looked polish in terms of technique. This year at USF, he took a step back both in stats and technique. Lynch has a very quick first step and is a very effective pass rusher. His motor is a concern as he occasionally take plays off or lets up on his pursuit. Lynch is a high-risk, high-reward pick but for a 6th round pick, he is definitely worth the gamble. He has the potential to be a star with the Chargers and would provide them a much needed pass rusher on the Defensive Line.
6th Round: Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
Measurables: 6-0, 226
40-YD Dash: 4.65
2013: 21 TD, 1709 YDS, 5.2 AVG
2011: 7 TD, 449 YDS, 6.1 AVG
2013: Second-Team All-American, First-Team All-PAC-12, Doak Walker Award Semifinalist
Tyler Gaffney is a powerful Running Back from Stanford. Gaffney has a strong build at 6-0, 226 lbs which will keep him durable in the NFL. What Gaffney lacks for speed, he makes up for toughness. Gaffney is a downhill runner that punishes would be tacklers.
While the Chargers currently have two reliable Running Backs in Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead, they have no power back. Gaffney would be a role player for short yardage situations and would also provide the Chargers depth in case Mathews gets another injury.
7th Round: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
Measurables: 6-4, 246 lbs
40-YD Dash: 4.5
2012: 6 TD, 392 YDS, 25 REC, 15.7 AVG
2011: 5 TD, 147 YDS, 7 REC, 21.0 AVG
2012: PAC-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention
Last year, Colt Lyerla was considered one of the top Tight Ends in College Football. That all changed when Lyerla was arrested for cocaine possession and kicked off Oregon's football team. Lyerla has many off-field issues which will lower his draft stock.
But, Lyerla is one of the most athletic players in the entire 2014 NFL Draft. He is 6-4, 246 lbs and runs like a deer. Lyerla has soft hands and is also extremely good at receiving. In space, Lyerla is tough to tackle because he is so fast, yet so big. On the line, Lyerla is a strong blocker who uses his hands well allowing him to be a dual-Tight End.
Lyerla is another high-risk, high-reward but in the 7th round where most picks do not start, he is worth the selection. Lyerla has a chance to become a top-10 Tight End in the NFL. Ladarius Green is a promising Tight End but Antonio Gates is getting old and does not have many years left. The Chargers could polish Lyerla for a couple years until Gates leaves, and then unleash the beast.