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Morning Links: Bigger corners wanted

2/16/2014

In this ESPN Insider piece, Kevin Weidl of Scouts Inc. writes that NFL teams could be trending toward taking bigger corners after the success of the past two Super Bowl champions in Seattle and Baltimore. The Seahawks and Ravens both successfully used bigger corners on their defenses.

Weidl says there are an inordinate number of big cornerbacks available in this year’s draft. And with cornerback a primary need for the San Diego Chargers, one player to keep an eye on is Clemson 6-foot, 195-pound defensive back Bashaud Breeland.

Weidl: “The underclassman is an easy mover for his size with above-average fluidity and change of direction skills. He displays strong eyes and instincts to anticipate and gets an early break on the ball. More important, Breeland has the length, range and overall ball skills to compete with bigger receivers downfield, something he flashed in the Florida State game matched up with Kelvin Benjamin.”

Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post evaluates the draft prospects of Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks and defensive end Scott Crichton. I believe both players would be good fits for the Chargers.

Derek Togerson of NBC San Diego talks with Chargers general manager Tom Telesco, who says he’s looking for run-and-hit guys to add to San Diego’s defense.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with D.J. Fluker, who reflects on his time spent at the NFL scouting combine, which begins this week.

Philip Rivers will give the commencement address at The Catholic University of America on May 17.

Andy Benoit of Sports Illustrated believes Melvin Ingram will be one of the emerging defensive stars of the 2014 season.