Morning links: Draft machine

March, 21, 2014
Mar 21
11:50
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Good morning. For those future NFL general managers, get a head start on your dream job by creating your own mock draft with ESPN’s draft machine.

It works similar to ESPN’s playoff machine. Every player in ESPN.com database is listed. Just click on the player you want to select for a particular team, and pull them over to the team you are selecting.

I had the San Diego Chargers selecting Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III in my first mock draft.

In this ESPN Insider piece Insider, draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. updates his big board. Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald moves up from No. 21 to No. 16.

Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post heaps high praise on cornerbacks Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State and Kyle Fuller of Virginia Tech, two potential targets in the first round for San Diego.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego notes that a Chargers’ personnel man paid a visit to UCLA in order to break down film with Bruins edge rusher Anthony Barr.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports has the Chargers selecting Nix in his latest mock draft.

Eliot Harrison of NFL.com places San Diego at No. 12 in his latest NFL power rankings. Kirwan: “This might be the third-best team in the AFC West, but like the Cardinals in the NFC West, the Chargers can hold their own versus the rest of the league. Re-signing Donald Butler to rejoin a now-healthy Charger defense was integral to the success of the 2014 campaign. While he didn't play at a high level last year, he has before, and at 25, his best days are in front of him.”

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives the Chargers a D grade for their efforts in free agency. Prisco: “This is a team I had trouble figuring out. Their first move was a smart one, which was to re-sign linebacker Donald Butler. They also did the wise thing re-signing guard Chad Rinehart. After that? Why do they need running back Donald Brown from the Colts? Their other signings, including linebacker Kavell Conner and quarterback Kellen Clemens, look like backups. Corner Brandon Ghee could end up being a sleeper signing.”

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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