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Wrapping up the Chargers' 2014 Draft

TCU product Jason Verrett was San Diego's top pick at number 25.
TCU product Jason Verrett was San Diego's top pick at number 25.
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Like any NFL draft, there are some winners and some losers.

As you sit back to grade San Diego's performance in last week's annual star-studded event on Broadway, don't automatically assume the Chargers did not do well as a result of any blockbuster names coming to Southern California.

In a division that is loaded with offensive talent in both Denver and Kansas City, along with an Oakland team that seems to be sprucing up its offensive side of the ball, the biggest need during the draft was for San Diego to improve on the defensive side of the ball, especially in the secondary.

With that in mind, here's a quick look at each of the Chargers' picks:

No. 25 (overall) - Cornerback Jason Verrett - (TCU) - While you're certainly excused if you had never heard of this former Horned Frog, San Diego's management liked enough of what they saw in his time in the Big 12 to grab him with their first pick. As most Charger fans know, the team's secondary has been picked on more times than Obamacare. Even though you can't expect a rookie to come in and shut down the likes of Peyton Manning, Alex Smith, Tom Brady etc. Verrett should see his share of playing time come this season;

No. 50 - Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu - (Georgia Tech) - The pass rush has been another point of contention for the Bolts in recent years. Getting a solid pass rush game in and out from this team has happened about as often as fans in Cleveland start thinking about Browns playoff tickets. Attaochu could very well find himself having a measurable role in the season opener at Arizona;

No. 89 - Offensive guard Chris Watt (Notre Dame) - Other than center Nick Hardwick (who dealt with his own injury issues a season ago), the Chargers have rarely put together a cohesive unit to protect Rivers and the running attack. Watt comes from a major program just as new teammate D.J. Fluker does (Alabama), so he may apply some of those skills he used as a three-year starter in South Bend to compete for a starting spot this season;

No. 165 - Nose tackle Ryan Carrethers (Arkansas State) - Not likely to be a starter, Carrethers could find himself seeing some time in relief and/or on certain packages when the down/situation dictates.

Grice, Reese compete for offensive spots

No. 201 - Running back Marion Grice (Arizona State) - Some would say San Diego wasted a pick here, others would say you can never have enough running backs in camp and/or once the season kicks off. Doesn't hurt to give Grice a look in camp and during the pre-season to see what he can do;

No. 240 - Wide receiver Tevin Reese - (Baylor) - Once Vincent Jackson left for Tampa Bay, Philip Rivers and the Chargers suddenly became a team without a go-to guy down the field. While the Bolts did get some solid play from several receivers last year (along with the tight end position), second-year man Keenan Allen is likely the only receiver that will get double coverage often this season. Look for Reese to compete for a starting spot, though he very well may not be a Charger once pre-season is over.

With training camp some two months away, the Bolts and their fans have plenty of time to assess the draft picks and whether or not they all make sense at the end of the day.

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