Morning Links: Impact rookie draft class

November, 14, 2013
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SAN DIEGO -- Good Morning. In this ESPN Insider piece Insider, draft guru Todd McShay does not place San Diego among his top five impact rookie draft classes for 2013. However, the Chargers do receive honorable mention consideration. McShay: “No. 11 overall pick D.J. Fluker is a full-time starter at tackle and has helped upgrade the Chargers’ offensive line. Second-round LB Manti Te’o has been a difference-maker since debuting in Week 4, and third-rounder Keenan Allen has been one of the top rookie WRs in the NFL so far. We had him rated as the No. 1 receiver in the 2013 class before some off-field concerns arose, and then dropped him to a second-round grade, but the Chargers were fortunate that he dropped to the third. He is averaging more than 15 yards per catch and has had 100-plus receiving yards in three of his past five games.”

In this ESPN Insider piece Insider, Mel Kiper Jr. has South Carolina defensive end Jadeveion Clowney as his top ranked prospect on his big board for the 2014 draft. Other prospects San Diego could be interested in include UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr (No. 2), Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews (No. 3), Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack (No. 7) and Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt (No. 9).

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has San Diego selecting Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan at No. 15 in his 2014 mock draft, while colleague Dan Brugler gives the Chargers Notre Dame offensive guard Zack Martin.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano takes San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers off of his MVP Watch list with the Chargers falling to 4-5.

San Diego defensive lineman Corey Liuget was mic’d up for the Broncos’ game. Check out the video link.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego examines whether the Chargers can create safe running situations for Philip Rivers like the Patriots have done for a similar athlete in Tom Brady.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego talks to King Dunlap, who hopes to return sooner rather than later after suffering a neck strain against Denver.

Ed Feng writing for Grantland believes NFL teams should stop running the football, saying that over the past 10 years there has been almost no correlation between rush yards per attempt and winning. It’s an interesting debate, but I think teams like Seattle, San Francisco and Carolina would beg to differ.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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