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San Diego Chargers Draft Preview: Cornerbacks


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San Diego, CA- The Chargers ranked 29th last year in pass defense, giving up 259 yards per game. Derek Cox was brought in via Free Agency to become a starter. He was a big disaster, and might not be back this year. Shareece Wright is an improving young player on the rise. He really came on strong in the 2nd half last year. The Chargers need another starting caliber corner opposite Wright. Here are a list of guys they can look at in the draft. I won’t mention Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma St. because he will likely gone by the time the Chargers pick at 25.

1. Darqueze Dennard Michigan St

Comparison- Charles Tillman Bears
Projected- Mid to late 1st rounder
Dennard is a physical corner who does a great job of pressing at the line. Rarely gets beat on double moves. Reads QBs eyes and reacts quickly. He isn’t the fastest, but has great technique to make up for it. A solid prospect with not many weaknesses. I expect him to be an immediate starter.

2. Jason Verrett TCU

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Comparison- Brent Grimes Dolphins
Projected- 20th to early 2nd round
Verrett is a ballhawking playmaker. He has great body control. He can close quickly on routes. Has the athleticism to cover in the slot. Hardly gives up the big play. Is physical, but isn’t the best tackler. Chargers have been looking for someone who can make a play that can change the game. Verrett has those type of skills.

3. Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech

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Comparison- Brandon Flowers Chiefs
Projected- 2-3 rounder
Fuller is most effective in off-man coverage. He is always around the ball. He has excellent play recognition. He is versatile enough to move to Free Safety. He has good size. Injury concerns could push him down on draft day. I think if he is fully healthy, he has 1st round talent.

4. Bradley Roby Ohio St

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Comparison- Sam Shields Packers
Projected late 1st to early 2nd round
Roby is an excellent athlete with top end speed. He has good ball skills. He has all the tools, speed, size, and athleticism to be special. Seems to have underachieved in college. He relies too much on his speed and athleticism.

5. Loucheiz Purifoy Florida

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Comparison- Chis Houston Lions
Projected 2nd rounder
Purifoy is on of the best man to man cover corners in this draft. He is a tremendous athlete. He has the agility to turn and run with his receivers. He isn’t the most physical corner and struggles at times at making tackles. Has the potential to be an elite cover corner.

6. Marcus Roberson Florida

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Comparison- Marcus Gilchrest Chargers
Projected 2nd rounder
Roberson has good size, length, and uses his long arms to disrupt receivers. He has good route anticipation. Has the quickness to take chances, although I think he takes too many chances. This makes him vulnerable to the big play.

7. Keith McGill Utah

Comparison- Malcolm Jenkins Saints
Projected 3rd to 4th round
McGill is one of my favorite players in this years draft, but will turn 25 when the 2014 season starts. McGill can play press and off coverage. His wingspan and length are big weapon which he utilizes well. He doesn’t have top end speed, but does a good job turning and running with receivers. Has the versatility to move to safety if asked. He is a player that should make an immediate impact.

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  • Sergio Quintero

    You have to consider the chargers play a whole lot of off man coverage with a whole bunch of zone, basically don’t touch the WR and keep plays in front of them, which is basically the opposite of how Dennard plays.

    Zone coverage corners: Verrett, Fuller, Jean-Baptiste, Reynolds (Oregon St.) to name a few.

    • Aaron Johnson

      I like Fuller the most based on our scheme last year. If we play 10 yards off a WR again I would want Fuller opposite him. I wouldnt say he is a liability in man-coverage but thats only because he is an upgrade over most of our backups.

      • Daniel Sutter

        agreed Aaron. Ford and Fuller have simply got my panties wet.

    • Marcel West-Bailey

      Preach Sergio. I keep tellin ‘em Dennard isn’t the player we need if Pagano is head of the D.

    • Daniel Sutter

      Seems like SJB stock is on the rise. He wont make it late into the third in my opinion. Even though its a reach I wouldnt mind seeing him grabbed in the second at 57. If Ford and/or Fuller are off the board I think doing something like trading our 25 for more picks and grabbing Desir or Van Noy with an early 2nd and SJB with the late 2nd would be huge. Just need a trade partner. From there we could have either two 3rds or two 4ths depending on the trade. Good WR and OL can be had in those rounds and help address our other needs. But agreed stay away from Dennard unless we plan on changing our whole deffensive scheme….

      • Daniel Sutter

        also think Verrett is not our guy…

  • esco charger

    I wouldn’t touch a corner until the second u can get good talent in a deep CB draft class in the later rounds get the best talent available in the first regardless of position which might be Dee Ford only corner I would draft if he was there would be dennard or by the grace of God Gilbert is there

    • Marcel West-Bailey

      Don’t take this the wrong way but even God’s grace can’t stop Gilbert from dropping to us

      • esco charger

        Lol very true marcel I just hope we go bpa like last year regardless of position like fluker teo and even Allen we thought we didn’t need WR but we did

        • Daniel Sutter

          lots of ppl didnt see Fluker as BPA but being the top rated RT and considering our needs last year and his output throughout the season, he deffinatly was inho…