Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
Maurice Hurst had a first-round grade on him when the draft process started until some health issues popped up at the scouting combine. Those won’t prevent him from playing, but it was enough to likely scare some teams off.
Hurst may be limited in certain defensive schemes, but as a three-technique for the Chargers, he would actually fit perfectly. He is extremely quick off the snap and had 24.5 tackles for loss during his last two seasons with the Wolverines. But he can also make plays on the quarterback as he had 10.5 sacks during those two seasons.
Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget is facing a 4-game suspension to start the year and Brandon Mebane has clearly lost a step, so it seems like a must that the Chargers draft a defensive tackle.
Hurst is probably the best one still on the board.
Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
Just based off appearance on the field, this guy definitely looks the part.
Malik Jefferson was the High School Butkus Award winner as the top linebacker in the country and it appeared as Texas had acquired a terror on the field when he agreed to go to that school. While Jackson showed himself to be a freak athlete on the field and a tremendous future prospect, his production wasn’t as good as had been expected for the Longhorns, partly due to injuries.
Whether a team at the pro level slots him as a middle linebacker or puts him on the weak side remains to be seen, the Chargers would like to see him at middle linebacker should they make this pick.
There’s a chance Jefferson could handle that load. He led the Longhorns with 110 tackles last season after having just 123 combined tackles in his first two years at the school. If the Chargers were to use him as an attacker on the field, he could be a weapon for the team. He needs to show an aggressiveness, which tape hasn’t always displayed. Instead, he seems too passive and to wait for plays to come to him.
It depends on how the team views him, but he should be there at No. 48 and possibly even No. 84 should they be interested.