Morning links: Nix in the second round?


Good morning. In this ESPN Insider pieceInsider, ESPN senior draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. examines the worst-case scenarios of where some of the top prospects on both sides of the ball could fall in the upcoming NFL draft.

And for Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix, the draft floor was the second round to the San Diego Chargers at No. 57. Kiper writes because of the limited need for run-stuffing nose tackles, Nix could tumble down the draft board.

Kiper: “Nix could drop some from where I had him ranked going back to the season, and he could fall because he’s not a player any team can draft. He’s more of a zero- or 1-technique, and you look for a fit as much as value.”

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that Middle Tennessee State defensive tackle Jimmy Staten visited the Chargers.

Bucky Brooks of the NFL Draft gives the Chargers cornerback Joe Haden at No. 12 instead of running back Ryan Mathews in his 2010 draft do over.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated talks with draft guru Gil Brandt, who says six receivers could go in the first round. It could be hard for San Diego not to bite on a receiver in the first round and stay on the defensive side of the ball, where the team needs more help.

Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus takes a closer look at how many rushers a team sent during the 2013 season. According to Jahnke, the Chargers brought four rushers 60.3 percent of the time, and rushed five players 25.9 percent of the time.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com profiles Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde.