Chargers Draft

Which positions are Chargers targeting in first round of draft?

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence #90 of the Clemson Tigers tries to grab running back AJ Dillon #2 of the Boston College Eagles at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Todd Bennett/Getty Images)
CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence #90 of the Clemson Tigers tries to grab running back AJ Dillon #2 of the Boston College Eagles at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Todd Bennett/Getty Images)
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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.

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