The San Diego Chargers snuck into the postseason in their first year under new GM Tom Telesco and head coach Mike McCoy, but they enter the 2014 NFL Draft with a fairly massive need at cornerback. John Gennaro of Bolts From The Blue took care of that need straight away in the 2014 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft.
|25. Chargers||Bradley Roby, Ohio State||CB||5'11||194||JR|
"The Chargers are desperate for a starting cornerback the way that humans are desperate for oxygen. It's past the point of needing an upgrade, and to the point where they couldn't possibly go with a player at any other position with the No. 25 overall selection. There are zero options on the roster for a top cornerback to start opposite Shareece Wright, who was a below-average starter last season. Roby has to be the pick here because he's the best corner available.
"We wrote about it here, but the Buckeye has tons of potential and his flaws in man coverage will be mostly hidden in John Pagano's zone-heavy defensive schemes. He'll need some refining if he's ever to live up to his billing as a first-round selection, but even if his game doesn't improve he's light years ahead of every other corner the team currently has. For a team that made the playoffs last year and is hoping to make a Super Bowl run before the window closes on the careers of Antonio Gates and Philip Rivers, taking anyone other than Roby in this situation is out of the question."
Dan Kadar, our sage NFL Draft analyst, has some thoughts and opinions to share on the Chargers' mock draft pick of Roby:
You can make a strong argument against Roby being the top cornerback available with this pick. Jason Verrett of TCU and Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State grade out higher in MtD's top 200 players. While Roby may have more natural talent than those two, he's not as far along in his development. I suppose in a zone system, Roby has the advantage over Dennard, who played mostly press man for the Spartans. But Verrett is a supremely better zone coverage corner than Roby. He has better instincts and locates the ball faster. While it's not a bad pick, Roby is the gamble on potential.
|12||Louis Nix||DT||Notre Dame||6'2||326|
|20||Darqueze Dennard||CB||Michigan State||5'11||199|
|1||25||San Diego Chargers||Bradley Roby||CB||Ohio State|
|2||57||San Diego Chargers|