Note: This post is not intended for me to write about my opinion. It is instead designed to see what the fans want and (maybe) spark a debate.
These three players are by far the most mocked players to the Chargers. Let's take a look at them...
- NT Louis Nix III- 27 Total Tackles (2 for loss), 0 sacks (50 TT in 2012)
- CB Kyle Fuller- 24 Total Tackles, 10 passes defended, 2 INT (Had 52 TT in 2012)
- CB Jason Verrett- 31 Total Tackles, 1 sack, 2 INT, 14 passes defended
Louis Nix III is a physical, big nose tackle. While Sean Lissemore could be an adequate starter, Nix would be an upgrade. His successful 2012 year had some scouts drooling, however, he tore his meniscus and had to play much of the season injured. He also does not excel at pass rushing but does well in collapsing the pocket. It is possible that Nix will be off the board when the Chargers pick.
Kyle Fuller has some potential. Some of his highlights can just make your jaw drop, but those highlights just aren't consistent enough. He can jump/reach for the ball like a Pro Bowler. But, there are some concerns. First of all, he only benched 12 reps at the Combine. While that was just at the combine, it would have good to see his strength. Also, he separates from the receiver a little too much, which is scary for Chargers fans after we saw that happen game after game with our CB's. But overall, Fuller is a great prospect who could instantly become the best CB on the Chargers roster.
Jason Verrett has speed but not size. He is 5'9 but can make receivers feel like he's 6'2. His awesome Combine results consisted of a 4.38 40, 39 inch vertical jump, and a 10'8 broad jump. Wow! His 14 passes defended in 2013 is also a key factor is his appearance in the first round. While he seems like a great pick for the Chargers, he can miss tackles and may struggle going against taller, more powerful receivers in the NFL. His height may have been fine for the NCAA, but the NFL is a whole other story. All in all, Verrett can make a huge impact if he can overcome his small height.