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Chargers get tougher in the trenches, add linebacker in 3-round mock draft

FORT WORTH, TX - DECEMBER 03: Justin Silmon #32 of the Kansas State Wildcats celebrates with Dalton Risner #71 of the Kansas State Wildcats, Reid Najvar #67 of the Kansas State Wildcats and Zach Reuter #15 of the Kansas State Wildcats after scoring a touchdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, TX - DECEMBER 03: Justin Silmon #32 of the Kansas State Wildcats celebrates with Dalton Risner #71 of the Kansas State Wildcats, Reid Najvar #67 of the Kansas State Wildcats and Zach Reuter #15 of the Kansas State Wildcats after scoring a touchdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 15: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rushes against Devin Cochran #77 of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Notre Dame Stadium on September 15, 2018, in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Vanderbilt 22-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 15: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rushes against Devin Cochran #77 of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Notre Dame Stadium on September 15, 2018, in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Vanderbilt 22-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Second round, No. 60 overall: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

With Brandon Mebane, Damion Square and Darius Philon all set to hit the open market this offseason, the Chargers could be in the market for help in the middle of the defensive line.

If the Chargers ended up losing all three of those players, Corey Liuget and Justin Jones would make up the depth at defensive tackle. Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery could be a good addition in the case.

Tillery played in 42 games at Notre Dame, registering 12.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss. His best season came as a senior in 2018 where he posted seven of those sacks while helping the Irish reach the College Football Playoff.

Tillery can be a force in the middle but the most intriguing part of his game is the fact that he has some pass-rushing ability as a player on the interior. That could be a game changer for the Chargers’ defense as opponents already have to deal with the dynamic duo of Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

The Chargers could also address the defensive tackle spot in the first round as players such as Jeffery Simmons, Dre’Mont Jones, Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence could all be available at the No. 28 pick. Quinnen Williams of Alabama and Houston’s Ed Oliver likely won’t get down that far.

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