Last week, I went over players who I gave a 1st round grade, today I'll continue with the 2nd rounders. This time, it'll be more Chargers specific. So you won't see any quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends, or inside linebackers. I've included safeties because you really never know, and there isn't a player on San Diego that makes you think "we're set." So let's get into it.
28. Lamarcus Joyner, S, Florida State
I consider Joyner a safety. He has the range and athleticism to play the deep center field role, and instincts and aggression to play in the box. Joyner has great closing speed and will be a versatile weapon.
29. Kyle Van Noy, Edge Player, BYU
I've covered Van Noy, and think he's best utilized as a chess piece. Let him do it all, don't pigeon hole him to one position. There's not a player in the draft with his intincts.
30. Joel Bitonio, IOL, Nevada
Bitonio is a guy that can play any position on the offensive line, but projects to be most successful at guard. He's the "hard working, blue collar" type that has good awareness and quickness. He's very good at executing his assignment. a "safe player."
31. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
The hype train died in a hurry with him, but I believe in his upside and physical gifts. I see Alshon Jeffery when I watch Benjamin.
32. Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
One of the most disruptive interior lineman before he got hurt. He showed progress in his game, by using his hands better, but his 2nd ACL tear is likely to scare many away.
33. Dee Ford, Edge Rusher, Auburn
Dee Ford is advanced as a pass rusher. He's likely to come in right away and produce as a sub package player. If you don't need him to be an every down player, you're maximizing Ford as a player.
34. Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State
Jackson is a monster in the run game, and has quick feet to be effective in pass protection. If he can improve his awareness, he can be a special player.
35. Marcus Martin, OC, USC
Martin is only scratching the surface. He is the best center prospect in the draft, and can bounce out to guard and be effective there. In a few years we might wonder why he wasn't a 1st rounder.
36. Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State
I've made no secret how much I like Reynolds. Considering what he'd be asked to do in San Diego, as an off man, zone cover corner, he's a perfect fit. Great change of direction and route recognition skills.
37. Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson
Thomas could probably stay at tackle and be fine, but when I broke him down I could see a star at offensive guard. If he can play with better leg drive, look out.
38. Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
Bucannon is a missile. He can also be a very effective coverage safety. He'll need to eliminate the wasted steps and improve on form tackling.
39. Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
He was the talk of the draft community after his pro day. After the Chargers GM showed up to watch personally, I had to watch him and find out just how good he was. Think Keenan Allen + Brandon Marshall.
40. Aaron Lynch, Edge Rusher, South Florida
Lynch has ridiculous tools and just needs to put it all together. If he can do that, he'll be deserving of this spot. This is one of the biggest "projection" ratings I have, along with Benjamin.
41. Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
One of the more fun players to watch. Huff just gets the job done. When I wrote about him I couldn't help but think of Randall Cobb.
42. Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Alarmingly high drop rate, at 12%. More than any receiver. He'll need to be able to withstand physicality throughout the play. Make no mistake, he's talented when the ball is in is hands, and can stretch the field.
43. Demarcus Lawrence, Edge Rusher, Boise State
Combine his 1st step, ability to stack and shed, and powerful, powerful hands, Lawrence is another player we might look back on wondering why he wasn't a 1st rounder.
44. Zack Kerr, NT, Delaware
My ideal Nose Tackle for San Diego. Powerful, but quick hands. Has shown a very quick first step, and has tremendous upside. Can also locate the ball to make stops. Watch this vine of Kerr getting off the line of scrimmage.
45. Marcus Smith, Edge Rusher, Louisville
A guy that I really like. Smith converts speed to power, and his versatility as a player is intriguing. I think he can play on either the strong or weak side and excel. Another upside player that has the production to go with it.
46. Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Landry isn't a speedster by any means, but he never needs to win with speed. The best hands in the draft, will make an acrobatic catch look routine. Is dynamic when the ball is in the air, and underrated with it in his hands. Think Hines Ward.
47. Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame
Nix is a guy that underwhelmed in '13. After dominating in '12, I wanted to see more, and didn't. That said, he has an excellent first step and will fire off the ball and be disruptive in the backfield.
48. Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
Desir is a physically imposing corner that has good ball skills, fluidity and awareness. If he cleans up his footwork and plays more aggressive, he can develop into a legit #1 corner.
49. Cyrus Kouandijo, OT, Alabama
He got a little exposed in '13 for slow feet, but it seems like this can be fixed because Kouandijo is a good athlete and is light on his feet. Potential mauler as a run blocker as well. Remind you of anyone?
50. Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman
True sleeper in the draft. Dozier is a powerful man, that has the ability to get to the 2nd level with ease. If he wants to move you in the run game, you're moving. One of my favorite prospects to watch.
51. Philip Gaines, CB, Rice
After a blazing 40 at the combine, 4.38, he raised some eyebrows. Gaines is more than that, with his size, ability to turn and run with receivers, and natural cover skills, I can see him being effective as a pro. He seems to get under opponents skin, and I like that.
52. Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
Had the chance to interview him at the Senior Bowl, Richburg is a guy that just wins, he's not special athletically, but he gets the job done. Seems like a guy that will be playing a long time in this league.
53. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
Sutton is a big, pass rushing defender who added weight this year and it seemed to effect him. He was still productive as a Senior, just not as much as many had hoped for. I'd expect him to try and get back down to his junior year playing weight.
54. Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
At his Pro Day, the Chargers were apparently very interested, and I can see why. Likely a slot receiver, he's a nightmare that is very explosive and athletic. He can make spectacular catches look routine. If he tightens up his route running, he could be special.
55. Terrance Brooks, S, Florida State
One of the true middle of the field safeties, Brooks ran a 4.42 at the combine. He has excellent range, can use that speed and close and get to spots that no other safety in this class can.
56. Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina
Hampton ran a 4.53 40 yard dash at his pro day, and is an ideal fit for what San Diego asks corners to do. Showed that he can change directions effortlessly and is very comfortable in off man coverage.He's aggressive, physical and a great competitor.
Next week I'll continue with the 3rd rounders I have.