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San Diego Chargers 2014 Draft Preview

By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - Head coach Mike McCoy had a rather productive rookie season in San Diego, piloting the Chargers to the postseason and orchestrating an upset win in Cincinnati.

To build on that the Chargers have to improve on their 29th-ranked and AFC- worst pass defense.

The talent level simply has to be upgraded on the back end and a few corners with first-round grades may be available by the time San Diego gets its turn at No. 25 overall.

TCU's Jason Verrett is undersized at 5-foot-9 but shapes up as a Captain Munnerlyn-type, a player who battles enough to compete on the outside during early downs before moving into the slot and becoming a difference maker on obvious passing downs.

Ohio State's Bradley Roby, meanwhile, could be dropping and in play thanks in large part to some off-the-field issues.

2013 Record: 9-7

Top Needs: CB, WR, DL

First Three Picks: No. 25, No. 57, No. 89

Number of Selections: 7 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

CALLING THE SHOTS: Like McCoy, general manager Tom Telesco is in his second season in San Diego after spending the previous 15 years climbing the ladder in Indianapolis. Telesco seemed to reach for Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker with the 11th overall pick a season ago but it worked out well for him. He then really hit home runs by snaring star receiver Keenan Allen in the third round and middle linebacker Manti Te'o the round prior. Another draft like that and Telesco will have the Chargers moving forward again.

RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2013 - D.J. Fluker (OT, Alabama); 2012 - Melvin Ingram (OLB, South Carolina); 2011 - Corey Liuget (DE, Illinois); 2010 - Ryan Mathews (RB, Fresno State); 2009 - Larry English (OLB, Northern Illinois); 2008 - Antoine Cason (CB, Arizona); 2007 - Buster Davis (WR, LSU); 2006 - Antonio Cromartie (CB, Florida State); 2005 - Shawne Merriman (OLB, Maryland), Luis Castillo (DT, Northwestern); 2004 - Philip Rivers* (QB, North Carolina State); 2003 - Sammy Davis (CB, Texas A&M); 2002 - Quentin Jammer (CB, Texas).

*Originally drafted by N.Y. Giants, then traded to Chargers on draft day in exchange for San Diego first-round pick Eli Manning

05/02 13:25:41 ET

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