Morning links: DE Crichton a tone-setter

May, 1, 2014
May 1
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Good morning. In this ESPN Insider piece Insider, Kevin Weidl of Scouts Inc. ranks the top tone-setters in this year’s draft. Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton heads the list. Weidl likes the physical way Crichton plays, along with his relentless motor.

Crichton took a pre-draft visit to San Diego. Though he is more of an ideal fit as a base defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, Crichton could work as a stand-up outside linebacker in San Diego’s 3-4 front, and also provides the ability to move inside as a rusher in passing situations.

TCU cornerback Jason Verrett also made the list, along with Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Oregon defensive end Taylor Hart and Washington State safety Deone Bucannon.

Weidl: “Crichton lacks ideal length, athleticism and torso flexibility as an edge rusher. However, he shows the ability to drop pad level and dip his inside shoulder to occasionally shave the corner. He also converts speed to power well and has the heavy hands and explosive upper-body strength to put blockers back on their heels.”

Chris Wesseling of NFL.com ranks San Diego’s 1975 draft class, headlined by defensive end Fred Dean, as the best draft class in franchise history.

Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis of the NFL Network go inside the Chargers draft room in this video.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego has the Chargers selecting Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller at No. 25 in this video.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego provides a roundup from Chargers general manager Tom Telesco’s news conference on Wednesday, including that the GM has his draft board complete.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com breaks down Telesco’s draft process leading up to next week’s draft.

Mike Costa and Judson Richards of Xtra 1360 AM radio talk with San Diego edge rusher Dwight Freeney about his return from injury in this audio link.

Watch the complete Tom Telesco news conference from Wednesday in this video.

Former sports agent Joel Corry writing for CBS Sports points to another reason teams like the Chargers could have strong interest from QB-needy teams looking to move back up into the end of the first round to get their quarterback -- a valuable, fifth-year option on the player under the new CBA.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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