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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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TUCSON, AZ – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Khalil Tate #14 of the Arizona Wildcats scrambles with the football past linebacker Sione Takitaki #16 of the Brigham Young Cougars during the first half of the college football game at Arizona Stadium on September 1, 2018, in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
TUCSON, AZ – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Khalil Tate #14 of the Arizona Wildcats scrambles with the football past linebacker Sione Takitaki #16 of the Brigham Young Cougars during the first half of the college football game at Arizona Stadium on September 1, 2018, in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Third round, No. 91 overall: Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU

Sione Takitaki is a tackling machine who can provide a pass rush off the edge, but taking him here with this pick seems a bit of a stretch. Reuter is clearly addressing a ned assuming Denzel Perryman and Kyle Emanuel are out of the equation next season, but Takitaki is a day three pick.

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He played in 41 games for the Cougars and had at least three sacks in each of his seasons with the team. He also forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles.

Telesco usually likes to play it safe in the middle rounds of the draft and taking Takitaki would be a bit out of character unless he sees something in him that few others have to this point.

He is athletic player who is around the ball when plays need to be made. He may have helped his stock in the week leding up to this year’s Senior Bowl as well. Still, third round seems a bit high.

If the Chargers are looking for a linebacker at this spot, it seems some better options will still be available.

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