The NFL Draft is May 8 and the future of every NFL team will be brighter. The San Diego Chargers draft at #25 in Round 1. They have many needs to fill and they will look to lock one down in the first round. The positions they must focus on are cornerback, defensive tackle, and wide receiver.
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Jason Verrett is the most popular choice for the Chargers to take in the first round. Verrettt is 5’9” and 189 lbs. His size has been a concern but he can be utilized most against slot receivers.
Verrett is one of the fastest corners in the draft. He ran a 4.38 in the 40 yard dash and has quick reflexes. He is very aggressive on the ball and is physical with a receiver.
If the Chargers draft him, he will be their first step towards fixing a weak secondary. He can learn a lot from Eric Weddle, one of the best safety’s in the league despite his size. Verrett can excel in the Chargers system against the slot receivers of Denver and Kansas City.
Timothy Jernigan, DT, FSU
Timothy Jernigan had a part in leading the Florida St. defense to a national championship. Jernigan is 6’ 2” and 299 lbs. His height is seen as a problem if he were to be overpowered by bigger blockers.
Jernigan is one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in the draft. He’s strong in the middle and can shed blockers with ease. Jernigan will be a run stopper and can lead any team in tackles for a loss.
The Chargers have not had a defiant defensive tackle in a long time and Jernigan fits that build. Adding him with the edge rushers like Liueget and Ingram, Jernigan will thrive in the middle. He will be a great fit to key in on running backs.
Brandon Cooks, WR, OSU
Brandon Cooks excelled at Oregon St. winning the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver in 2013. He is 5’ 10” and 189 lbs. His size is adequate for a slot receiver but his small hands have been a concern.
Cooks is one of the fastest receivers in this draft. He won a lot of critics at the NFL Combine where he showcased his speed and quick reflexes. Cooks could be the next Wes Welker type but he is a lot faster.
Cooks will thrive in the Chargers offense. Phillip Rivers excelled when Eddie Royal was healthy and Cooks can excel in that role. A receiver attack of Kenan Allen and Brandon Cooks could intimidate secondary’s in the NFL. Cooks will learn a lot from Royal about being a slot receiver too.
These 3 players list the positions the Chargers need to focus on: Cornerback, Wide Receiver, and Defensive Tackle. When the Chargers are on the clock at pick 25, I expect to see Jernigan gone. I think Verrett will be the pick but if a corner like Darqueze Dennard falls to 25, he will be a steal for San Diego.
In later round, I’d like to see them get an offensive guard as well. Tom Telesco had an amazing draft last year with DJ Fluker, Manti Te’o, and Kenan Allen. Watch for him to continue that success and build towards a Super Bowl team.