Thursday, April 10, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock 4.0: Chargers
By Eric D. Williams
The San Diego Chargers hold the No. 25 overall selection in this year’s draft, and still have holes to fill at receiver, interior offensive line, defensive tackle, outside linebacker and cornerback.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay’s fourth 2014 NFL mock draft is available at ESPN Insider, and his selection for the Chargers is somewhat of a surprise.
McShay has San Diego selecting Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert -- considered by most draft observers as a player who will be drafted in the top half of the first round -- at No. 25, and BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy in the second round at No. 57.
The athletic Gilbert would fill an obvious need at cornerback for the Chargers and bring an added plus with his impressive ability as a return man.
At 6-feet-0, 200 pounds, Gilbert is a bigger corner who can play press man, zone or off coverage. And Gilbert adds playmaking ability to a defense that finished with just 11 interceptions in 2013.
Gilbert led the Big 12 with seven picks and returned six kickoffs for touchdowns during his college career at Oklahoma State.
Van Noy is a cerebral player with pass-rush ability who can line up all over the field. Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano would covet Van Noy’s versatility for a defense that finished with just 35 sacks last season, tied for 23rd in the league.
The Chargers have shown interest in Van Noy, with a San Diego scout conducting the linebacker's workout at his pro day. At 6-3 and 243 pounds, Van Noy is fast enough, running at 4.71-second, 40-yard time at the NFL scouting combine.
And he's productive, finishing with 26 career sacks at BYU, seven interceptions and 21 pass breakups.