Chargers Draft

McShay Mock Draft: Chargers select Laremy Tunsil

Dec 31, 2014; Atlanta , GA, USA; Mississippi Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (78) has his leg caught as he clocks TCU Horned Frogs defensive end Josh Carraway (94) during the second quarter in the 2014 Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 31, 2014; Atlanta , GA, USA; Mississippi Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (78) has his leg caught as he clocks TCU Horned Frogs defensive end Josh Carraway (94) during the second quarter in the 2014 Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
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Todd McShayj has released his 2nd mock draft of the offseason and this time around he has the Chargers selecting the big offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil.

Here is his breakdown of the selection:

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss Rebels

With Philip Rivers now 34, there’s a school of thought that says San Diego should pick its long-term successor here (Goff or Wentz). But if the Chargers are going to make a run at the playoffs before Rivers retires, they must solidify their offensive line. Rivers can’t function without better protection and more balance from the running game (ranked 31st in the NFL last season). Tunsil — the top pass-blocking OT in the draft — needs to improve his strength, but he’s an outstanding athlete for his size (6-foot-5, 305 pounds).

Throughout the offseason, we will be going back and forth on who the Chargers will take with the 3rd overall selection and the names we will hear the most will be Laremy Tunsil and Joey Bosa. The Cleveland Browns are expected to take a quarterback with their selection at number 2 at this point. If they happen to sign a quarterback before the draft, then that could change the whole landscape of this draft.

The Chargers could use the big man on the offensive front. He would be the team’s starting tackle and the Chargers would then have to consider releasing King Dunlap from his contract. Joe Barksdale will be a free agent that the team will be looking to bring back again for the 2016 season. He could be the other bookend if Tunsil were brought in from the draft.

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