Morning links: Cornerbacks to consider


Good morning. I’m heading on vacation for a week beginning on Monday. However, I have scheduled some posts to appear this week evaluating the San Diego Chargers top young players, along with a look at the team’s top positional needs heading into the draft.

In this ESPN Insider piece, ESPN draft gurus Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay review the top linebacker and defensive back prospects in this year’s draft.

Kiper ranks Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard, Jason Verrett, Kyle Fuller and Bradley Roby in his top five corners available in this year’s draft.

McShay likes Dennard as the top corner, followed by Gilbert, Roby, Fuller and Verrett.

With the Chargers’ obvious need at cornerback, I don’t think the team could go wrong with any of these five players in the first round.

Kiper points to Maine cornerback Kendall James as a sleeper Day 3 selection, while McShay likes Montana outside linebacker Jordie Tripp.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland takes a closer look at the approved rule changes from this week’s NFL owners meetings.

ESPN Redskins beat reporter John Keim reports recently released Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is visiting Washington on Monday.

Greg Rosenthal of NFL.com thinks the Chargers are a longshot to get Jackson.

ESPN fantasy football expert Matthew Berry places eight Chargers in his top 200 players for 2014, including Keenan Allen [36], Ryan Mathews [45], Philip Rivers [107] Danny Woodhead [113], Donald Brown [119], Antonio Gates [154], Ladarius Green [161] and Nick Novak [199].

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com profiles receiver draft prospect Marqise Lee of USC.

Former NFL player Matt Bowen writing for Bleacher Report breaks down the basics of a 3-4 defensive front.