Chargers will like Kiper's 2014 big board

May, 8, 2013
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ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper looked ahead to the 2014 draft class and presented his first Big Board, with the top 25 players he has currently ranked .

What stuck out to me is all of the tackles on the board. Five of the top 19 players on the board are tackles. That has to be exciting news in San Diego. The Chargers will almost certainly try to fix their long-term issue at left tackle next year after not being able to do so this year.

Kiper also offers his next 25 .

Meanwhile, Kiper wondered what would have happened in the 2013 draft if some of the top 2014 prospects were available. He thinks the AFC West would have been affected.

Kiper thinks the Kansas City Chiefs, who took Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher, would not have been able to resist South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick. He is No. 1 on Kiper’s 2014 Big Board. I could have easily seen the Chiefs taking Clowney last month. He is considered a special talent. No one in the 2013 class was in his category.

Kiper also thinks Oakland, which traded down to No. 12 to take Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden, could have taken USC receiver Marqise Lee. Lee is No. 3 on Kiper’s 2014 Big Board. It will be interesting to see if either of these two players will find their way to the AFC West when they actually are available in the draft.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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