Chargers Draft

San Diego Chargers Mock Draft Roundup

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With the third pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select…

…your guess is as good as mine. Luckily, there are no shortage of draft prognosticators willing to share their mock results. Here’s a rundown of early mock draft results and a glimpse of who San Diego may pick in the first round.

Mel Kiper – ESPNPick: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

Ken Whisenhunt is back at offensive coordinator for the Chargers, and the immediate need for this team is going to be figuring out a way to keep Philip Rivers upright. Injuries have decimated the Chargers’ offensive line, and adding Tunsil means they get an immediate starter. This kid is a flat-out gifted left tackle prospect, the kind of player who could go No. 1 overall to Tennessee. Get him here and you’ll be pleased.

Pick:  Joey Bosa, DE,  Ohio State

The Chargers drafted Melvin Gordon last year to improve the running game and the Chargers still finished 31st in the league. That says that the OL needs a makeover. But, there isn’t an interior offensive lineman worth taking at this spot, so adding the best defensive player to help stop the run is a must.

Pick: Joey Bosa, DE,  Ohio State

I could really see the Chargers going in many different directions with the third overall pick. Offensive tackle will certainly be in consideration, as will be the two top-tier cornerbacks. Most importantly, the Chargers simply need to find a talented football player who can make a significant impact on their team.

Pick: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Even if the Chargers offensive line were indestructible, which they are clearly not, an influx of talent wouldn’t hurt. Stanley could have easily been a Top 10 selection last draft. He steps in as the starting right tackle day one, and would eventually transition into Philip Rivers’ blindside protector. His match-up against Bosa will likely be the highlight of the college bowl season.

Pick: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

Whether the Chargers return to San Diego next year or not, it appears the franchise is moving on from three-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle, a pending free agent reportedly told prior to the year that he wasn’t part of the team’s long-term plans. The Chargers may see Ramsey as the ideal replacement as he possesses a remarkable combination of size, athleticism and instincts, allowing him to project nicely to cornerback or safety.

Joey Bosa popped up twice on the list, however, it’s clear there’s no consensus on what side of the ball the Chargers might focus.

The 2016 NFL Draft is April 28th through the 30th and will be held at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Watch it unfold live on ESPN and the NFL Network

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