Mel Kiper Jr. is predicting a major descent from one of the draft's top pass-rushers. In his latest mock, Kiper has UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr going to the Chargers with the 25th pick—a major steal considering other experts have Barr as high as sixth to the Atlanta Falcons.
Meanwhile, the guys at NFL.com and CBSSports.com have fallen in love with two defensive prospects for San Diego. Analysts Rob Rang, Dane Brugler, Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan have chosen Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III as San Diego's 25th pick, while Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Brian Baldinger are going with Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller.
Two other corners are projected to go to the Chargers, with Matt Miller of Bleacher Report picking Ohio State's Bradley Roby and ESPN's Todd McShay pegging TCU's Jason Verrett (h/t to boltbeat.com).
I find it hard to believe that Barr would be there at No. 25, so my gut tells me Nix, Fuller, Roby and Verrett are more realistic scenarios for the Chargers. If I had to pick one, I'd probably go with one of the corners, because the secondary seems like the greater need at the moment.