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Morning links: Cruising the mock drafts

5/6/2014

Good morning. We will have our NFL Nation mock draft beginning at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday. The San Diego Chargers will be on the clock at 3 p.m. ET. So if you have time, stop by and check it out.

With two days before the draft, I thought we’d spin through some of the mock drafts to get a better idea what players draft analysts have the Chargers selecting at No. 25.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has the Chargers selecting UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr at No. 25.

Comment: He’s a good fit, but I just don’t believe Barr will fall that far down the board on Thursday.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. also has San Diego selecting Barr in his latest mock draft.

Comment: Again, I understand edge rusher is a need, but still don’t see Barr available at No. 25.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com gives the Chargers Jason Verrett at No. 25.

Comment: He fills an obvious need, but I have concerns about whether Verrett will eventually have to move inside as a nickel corner at 5-foot-9, especially with the big receivers in the AFC West. Even though they play 60 percent of the snaps, I don’t believe you should take a slot corner in the first round.

Charlie Casserly of NFL.com has the Chargers selecting Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard at No. 25.

Comment: The Chargers would run to the podium to make this pick. Dennard would definitely be an upgrade at cornerback, but I don’t think he will be there at No. 25.

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has the Chargers selecting Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller at No. 25.

Comment: I think Fuller is the best scheme fit for the Chargers, but he’s rising up the draft boards as well. Not sure if Fuller will be there at No. 25 on Thursday.

Dan Shonka of Ourlads.com has the Chargers selecting Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix at No. 25.

Comment: Makes sense. Nix fills an obvious need and helps upgrade a defensive line that lacks depth in the interior.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com profiles San Diego defensive tackle Sean Lissemore, whom he calls a vital cog to defensive coordinator John Pagano’s system. I like Lissemore, but it seems the folks at Chargers Park are really trying to sell Lissemore as the answer at nose tackle with Cam Thomas gone. Can you say smokescreen?

Eric Weddle does his best Robert DeNiro impersonation.