Morning links: Draft day

May, 8, 2014
May 8
8:15
AM ET
Good morning. With draft day finally here, I will be at Chargers Park providing live coverage on the San Diego Chargers during the three-day event. So check back throughout the day for updates on player selections and draft movement.

In this ESPN Insider piece , ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. checks in with his position-by-position rankings.

In this ESPN Insider piece , ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay provides his top 300 players on the board for this year’s draft.

ESPN’s John Clayton offers five predictions for this year’s draft, including Houston trading the top pick and five receivers going in the top 22 picks.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland writes that in an ideal scenario the Chargers would get Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller in the first round and Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley in the second round.

Ricky Henne and Jordan Beane of Chargers.com preview the draft for San Diego in this video.

Steven Ruiz of USA Today ranked the Chargers No. 30 in the NFL in how the team drafted in the last five years. I don’t agree with his reasoning, but it’s worth a look. Ruiz: “The Chargers haven’t taken any notable busts over the last five years, but outside of WR Keenan Allen in 2013 and G Louis Vasquez, who’s no longer with the team, there haven’t been many good ones either. RB Ryan Mathews has shown flashes but the 2009 first round pick has struggled to stay healthy. 2012 first-rounder LB Melvin Ingram has only two sacks in his first two seasons. The Chargers had one of the more talented teams in the league just a couple seasons ago, but that has changed dramatically as of late due to poor drafting.”

Nate Davis of USA Today has the Chargers selecting Fuller at No. 25.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego evaluates Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III.

Dan Pompei of Sports On Earth has San Diego selecting Nix at No. 25.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget played with a torn labrum all of 2013 and recently had surgery to correct the issue.

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network has the Chargers selecting Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby in his first and only mock draft.

Former Packers personnel executive Andrew Brandt, writing for Sports Illustrated, takes an interesting look inside the draft room.

Ken Belson of the New York Times writes about the evolution of the draft.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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