Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech
If you see Tim Settle as a better prospect than Hurst, you wouldn’t be alone.
Settle is a more versatile defensive lineman than Hurst. The main issue with him is his conditioning. Trimming down and staying in better shape allowed him to have a big season at Virginia Tech last year, setting him up to be a day two selection in this draft.
There are other concerns with Settle, such as the fact he played in just 23 college games. But if the Chargers bring him aboard, there’s no doubt he’s shown (even if it is a small sample size) that he could improve the team’s run defense.
Like Hurst, Settle is deceptively quick off the snap and can be moved around to different spots on the line. If he can create a push forward for guys like Denzel Perryman to come up and make plays on the ball carrier, he would make an ideal pick for the Bolts.
Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
Many analysts have a late-round grade on Josey Jewell, but his instincts as a middle linebacker make him a third-round pick for me. He ran a 4.82 40-yard dash at the combine, which hurt his draft stock immensely, but he is a natural middle linebacker who can even make plays in the passing game.
Jewell was chosen as an AP All-American in his final year at Iowa and his high football IQ make up for some athletic deficiencies. Personally, I like him better than Jefferson.
If the Chargers were to get either Hurst or Settle at No. 40 and then take Jewell at No. 84, they might be onto something. Of course, that would also mean going defense with their first three picks.