Second Round, Pick No. 48 overall: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
Pick in first mock draft: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
Originally, I had the Chargers taking an offensive tackle in this spot but I’ve changed that for a couple of reasons. For one, I don’t think Kolton Miller will still be on the board in this spot. Second, I think Telesco will look back on the fact that the Chargers actually allowed the fewest sacks in the league last year and not see tackle as a pressing need, at least not in round two.
If the team is committed to improving the run defense, Stanford’s Harrison Phillips makes a terrific pick.
Phillips may not be the most explosive athlete, but he makes a ton of plays. Any time you see an interior defensive lineman having a season that includes 98 tackles, you know they put in work. His background as a wrestler allows him to fend off blocks and push guys around, allowing the linebackers to come up and make plays.
In fact, that’s as much of a reason as any as to why you make this pick. Yes, Phillips will improve the run defense on his own, but what he would bring to the defense to allow the linebackers to make more plays at the line of scrimmage would be invaluable.
Looking at the pass defense this team has, if it can find a way to make the run defense just as good, it becomes a team that no one wants to play, particularly with the crafty Gus Bradley at the helm of it.