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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: May 12, 2014

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San Diego Chargers draft wrap-up - Eric Williams
One of the team’s most obvious needs heading into this year’s draft, the Chargers passed on more well-known defensive linemen like Notre Dame’s Louis Nix III and Penn State’s DaQuan Jones in earlier rounds to select Arkansas State product Ryan Carrethers.

San Diego Chargers 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling - Christopher Hansen (Slideshow)
Another running back? How many running backs are the Chargers going to keep on their 53-man roster? Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown are virtually locks for 2014, which means Grice would have to make it as a fourth.

'Top 100 Players of 2014': Eric Weddle - NFL Videos
San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle is voted the 92nd-best player in the NFL by his peers on "Top 100 Players of 2014."

Chargers close the gap in AFC West - Rob Rang
I love the schematic fits and value that the Chargers found with outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu in the second round, guard Chris Watt in the third and nose guard Ryan Carrethers in the fifth. Former ASU running back Marion Grice offers a very specific skill-set as one of the elite pass-catchers at the position as does big play wideout Tevin Reese, whose speed is better described with his propensity for long touchdowns rather than just his 40-yard dash time.

My favorite picks of 2014 draft - Todd McShay (Insider)
Tom Telesco aced the test last year, with an outstanding draft class, and I feel as though he did another good job this year. TCU corner Jason Verrett has a chance to start and was a good pick at No. 25 overall, but I'm going with Attaochu here. I love his motor and versatility, and I think that the Nigerian is really starting to put it all together. Most importantly, he can convert speed to power -- a skill that is essential to being a successful pass-rusher in the NFL.

Mel Kiper's 2014 NFL Draft Grades - Mel Kiper Jr (Insider)
They didn't have many picks, but I think the Chargers came out pretty well. I really like Jason Verrett, a competitive cover man who won't shy away from contact. San Diego gets the added bonus of grabbing a CB that would have been the ideal fit for division rival Denver a handful of picks later. I had OLB down as a need, and the fact that Jeremiah Attaochu was there had to be a pleasant surprise.