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Bolt Beat Monday Mailbag: Early draft day decisions

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 7: Offensive lineman Jordan Agasiva
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1. From Twitter:

Question 1:

Why the chargers shouldn’t go oline round 1

— Jon Rosas (@rosas_jon) January 24, 2018

If I’m just answering for Round 1 and why the Chargers’ shouldn’t go offensive line, then I would point to more glaring holes on the defensive side. Linebacker and the defensive line, in particular, need to be addressed.

For what it’s worth, the Chargers’ offensive line did a good job of protecting Philip Rivers for the most part. They gave up the least amount of sacks (18) in the league, protecting a quarterback that had the eighth-highest passer rating, was sixth touchdowns and second in passing yards. The Chargers need to be better between the tackles (not that Joe Barksdale was excellent), but guard or center isn’t a good value pick at No. 17 overall (I’m also assuming they keep the 17th pick). I’m a fan of players like OG/C Billy Price from Ohio State, but not quite at 17. Tom Telesco showed in the 2017 draft with picks of Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney that interior linemen can be found in later rounds.

Question 2:

3 Favorite day 2 prospects.

— Nate Steinbronn (@Stein_89) January 23, 2018

Here’s three Day 2 prospects I’d like to see the Chargers take:

  1. DT Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
  2. Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
  3. Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State

Harrison Phillips (66):

If the Bolts remain at 17 and take a linebacker in the first round, defensive tackle should be their next selection. Harrison Phillips, who was a player to keep an eye on during the Senior Bowl, would be a great pick. Currently stuck behind household defensive tackle names like Maurice Hurst, Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne, Phillips is a possible second-round pick after a solid showing in the Senior Bowl.

Solid job by the Stanford DE (#52). Gets off the edge, doesn't penetrate too deep, reads & perfectly executes his bend down the line (heels of the OL). Also, look at @horribleharry66 (#66 – lined up as a 0 tech) splitting this double team. He's constantly playing below pad level. pic.twitter.com/Iz1yK6gw8h

— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) January 20, 2018

I love a big, running-lane-clogging defensive tackle. 103 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss, for a big guy in the middle? Sign me up.

Will Hernandez (76):

The Chargers are rumored to be very interested in UTEP G Will Hernandez (projected to go round 2-3). Would be nice to bolster the interior along w Feeney and return of Lamp. But still need a strong C.

— Bolt Beat (@BB_Chargers) January 25, 2018

Hey, so I happen to like two guys we’ve mentioned before on Bolt Beat. Synergy is good. Hernandez is too:

Will Hernandez! nasty pic.twitter.com/Trntxqh9yT

— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) January 23, 2018

He’s a delight to watch. He moves well and is nasty. I wouldn’t be surprised, however, if he gets into the first round. I hope that he slips into the second round like Lamp did last year.

Can we talk about Will Hernandez's game speed for a dude who's 6-2 3-freaking-40? LG #76, gets his pop and leads Wadley. pic.twitter.com/OyEiwcNWHd

— Zach Goodall (@zach_goodall) January 25, 2018

He’s going to need some work in pass protection, but he’s a great run blocker who can move well in space. Reminds me of a more aggressive, bigger Feeney.

Derrick Nnadi (91):

#FSU DI Derrick Nnadi, who praised current 'Noles DL coach Odell Haggins for his emphasis on discipline, flashes great discipline in his run defense, as evidenced by his strong play against the run.

Nnadi earned the No. 10 run-defense grade (86.6) in the nation in 2017.

— Austin Gayle (@AustinGayle_PFF) January 19, 2018

He’s a little teapot, short and stout; but he can stop the run, and that’s what it’s all about:

Nnadi gonna keep his eyes up and make a terrific play near the goal line, this kid one hell of a run defender!! #NFLDraft @DerrickNnadi pic.twitter.com/xePk29EOZV

— Bradley Ylitalo (@NFL_drafthub) October 28, 2017

Throw on some highlights, and you’ll see that this guy has some hustle. Can you imagine a high-motor defensive tackle to pair up with someone like Joey Bosa, who gets plenty of sacks and tackles on effort alone?

I think I'm in love with Derrick Nnadi. Motor and hand usage✔️ pic.twitter.com/mtvv4sKhHe

— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) September 4, 2017

If the Bolts pass up on a DT in Round 1, this guy might be available in the second (don’t hold me to it). Would be a great start to Day 2.

Unfortunately, all three guys I like could just as be picked in the first round or go to any of the teams in front of the Chargers. Last year, picking early helped the Chargers land Lamp. They’ll have to wait a little bit longer for their Day 2 selections.

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