Nearly every mock draft at this point has the Los Angeles Chargers taking a lineman or linebacker. What other position groups could the Chargers be looking at using their first-round pick to solidify?
Every year, first-round mock drafts focus too closely on positional need, when managers frequently operate based primarily off of a “best player available” principle.
In reality, both talent level and positional need are taken into account for each pick, and no exception is made for a team’s first-round pick.
Tom Telesco explained this philosophy himself in an interview with San Diego Union-Tribune writer, Tom Krasovic.
“There are positions we would like to add to, but we will never pass on a special player for a position of need.”
I would argue that there are exceptions to this philosophy. For example, would the Chargers burn a first-round pick on a running back that looks “special” when they are in win-now mode and may be a solid linebacker away from a Super Bowl?
With this in mind, here is a position-by-position analysis of which position groups could be targeted by Telesco with his first-round pick.