San Diego, California - The Chargers will pick 25th in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, their latest pick in the opening round since 2008 when the team selected Arizona’s Antoine Cason, the 2007 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top cornerback, with the 27th overall selection.
The 2014 NFL Draft will commence on Thursday, May 8 at 5 p.m. PT with Round 1 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Rounds 2-3 will take place the following night on Friday, May 9 (4 p.m. PT) and the draft will conclude with Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, May 10 (9 a.m. PT).
The 2014 NFL Draft will mark General Manager Tom Telesco’s second with the team. Last year, five of the six players Telesco drafted spent the entire season on the active roster, while the sixth - cornerback Steve Williams - spent the year on “Reserve-Injured” after being hurt during the preseason. The Bolts’ 2013 draft class included first-round selection D.J. Fluker, the team’s starting right tackle, who also started three late-season games at left tackle when injuries left the line shorthanded; second-round choice Manti Te’o, who started 15 of 18 total games at inside linebacker; third-round wide receiver Keenan Allen, who earned several NFL Rookie of the Year honors and set team rookie records with 1,046 yards and 71 catches to go along with eight touchdowns; linebacker Tourek Williams (6th round), who had his first career sack along with a forced fumble Nov. 10 against Denver, and quarterback Brad Sorensen (7th round).
The Chargers have a total of seven picks in this year’s draft, one in each of the seven rounds. The team’s selections are as follows: Round 1 (25), Round 2 (57), Round 3 (89), Round 4 (125), Round 5 (165), Round 6 (201) and Round 7 (240).
The Chargers haven’t drafted 25th since 1973, when they selected Heisman Trophy-winning wide receiver Johnny Rodgers from Nebraska in the first round. The team followed that pick by selecting future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts in the third round.
Both the NFL Network and ESPN will televise the draft in its entirety, while Chargers fans can track the draft online at www.Chargers.com and receive draft updates through the team’s Twitter account (@Chargers).
XTRA Sports 1360, the Chargers’ flagship radio station, will offer live coverage of all three days of the 2014 NFL Draft, including a live show from Chargers Park. Brian Wilson, Mike Costa and Eddie Pappani will anchor XTRA’s draft coverage with Judson Richards reporting from Chargers Park.
The NFL Draft follows a fan-friendly format with each team allotted 10 minutes per pick in the first round, seven minutes in the second round and five minutes each in Rounds 3-7.
The Chargers have drafted a total of 53 players in the first round of the NFL draft. The list includes nine defensive ends, eight cornerbacks, seven running backs and linebackers, five wide receivers and offensive tackles, three quarterbacks, two defensive tackles, tight ends and safeties, and one guard, center and fullback.