2018 NFL Draft: Los Angeles Chargers’ seven selections officially set
By Travis Wakeman
The NFL has officially set all 256 picks in the upcoming NFL draft after compensatory selections were handed out to each team.
The Los Angeles Chargers will have one selection in each of the seven rounds of the process, including the No. 17 overall selection in the first round. Here is each pick for the Bolts:
Round 1 – No. 17 OverallRound 2 – No. 48 OverallRound 3 – No. 84 OverallRound 4 – No. 119 OverallRound 5 – No. 155 OverallRound 6 – No. 191 OverallRound 7 – No. 251 Overall
Looking at the Chargers’ history in the first round, No. 17 is one of the few slots the team hasn’t had a pick at. Let’s take a look at the players the team has gotten at each of the other slots they have this year through its history.
No. 48: 2014- Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami
2002- Reche Caldwell, WR, Florida
1967- Bob Howard, DB, San Diego State
No. 84: 1973- Jim Thaxton, TE, Tennessee State
No. 119: 1971- Phil Asack, RB, Duke
1970- Pettus Farrar, RB, Norfolk State
No. 155: 1996- Junior Soli, DL, Arkansas
1986- Curt Pardridge, WR, Northern Illinois
No. 191: 1980- Stuart Dodds, Punter, Montana State
No. 251: 1976- Glynn Harrison, RB, Georgia
1969- David Arnold, G, Northwestern State-Louisiana
1967- Torre Ossmo, OT, Western Michigan
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That’s a mixed bag of draft success and failures for the team. Perryman has been a tremendous defender for the team but the concerns around his health are starting to get louder. Caldwell made some plays at wide receiver for the Chargers but his best season came in 2006 when, as a member of the New England Patriots, was part of the team that upset the Chargers in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Howard had a solid 13-season career that ended with 37 interceptions. He played with the Chargers for eight years.
Most of the other guys had short, forgettable NFL careers or never even played in a regular season game. That can happen with some of the picks in later rounds, but teams have been known to hit on those too.
The Chargers hope to find seven players who can contribute in some form or fashion in April.