Morning links: The next Richard Sherman?

May, 5, 2014
May 5
10:45
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Good morning. In this ESPN Insider piece, draft analyst Todd McShay ranks the top defensive back prospects in this year’s draft. McShay has only three cornerbacks with first-round grades -- Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert and Kyle Fuller.

None of those three will be around when San Diego picks at No. 25, which leaves the Chargers selecting between the next two guys available, likely Jason Verrett or Bradley Roby.

I’m skeptical the Chargers will pick Verrett or Roby in the first round. I love Verrett, but he might be a slot defender in the NFL because of his height. And even though team’s run nickel about 60 percent of the time, I would not pick a nickel cornerback in the first round.

And Roby’s off-the-field issues are concerning.

But perhaps the Chargers make a surprise selection, going after Nebraska cornerback Stan Jean-Baptiste in the first round. A former receiver turned cornerback, at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds John-Baptiste has been compared to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

Need more ammo that the Chargers could be considering the Nebraska cornerback? Peter King of Sports Illustrated offers this surprise prediction for the first round of this year’s draft, courtesy of draft analyst Mike Mayock of the NFL Network -- John-Baptiste will go in the first round.

San Diego also was one of the five teams John-Baptiste made visits to, according the Omaha World-Herald. McShay gives John-Baptiste a second-round grade.

Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth writes that the Chargers should consider selecting a developmental quarterback late in the draft.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com profiles Rutgers receiver Brandon Coleman.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego profiles Chargers owner Alex Spanos, voted one of the top 52 most influential sports figures in San Diego.

Greg Gabriel of National Football Post has Mississippi State product Gabe Jackson as his top interior offensive lineman.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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