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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SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 30: Sebastian Janikowski #11 of the Seattle Seahawks on the field before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on December 30, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 30: Sebastian Janikowski #11 of the Seattle Seahawks on the field before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on December 30, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Off the Table: Fullback, Kicker, Punter

Props from Chargers fans everywhere to Sebastian Janikowski. It takes quite a talent to convince even the Oakland Raiders that using a first rounder on a kicker is a good idea. It will not happen again any time soon.

Very Unlikely: Quarterback, Safety

At the most important position in football, Philip Rivers has been lighting it up for the Chargers at the age of 37. Rivers has stated that he wants to play in the new stadium and has hinted that he could play another three or four years. There is no point in using this pick on a quarterback in a depleted class if Rivers will be around that long – especially since he is more than capable of doing so.

While we all want a good running partner for Derwin James, Telesco has been hesitant to invest in safeties in the past. Do not expect him to change his mind after getting a steal with James last year.

Unlikely: Running Back, Defensive End, Tight End

At running back, the Chargers are set with Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. The only question mark is that Melvin Gordon is on the fifth and final year of his rookie contract.

However, with the ability to find quality backs later in the draft along with two great replacements on the roster, Telesco should not be looking for a first-round back.

The trio of Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and Isaac Rochell form a stellar defensive end group. However, there is always a need for more pass rushers for any team in the league; the Chargers would just prefer to add theirs as linebackers or interior linemen.

With the versatile Hunter Henry, the excellent blocker Virgil Green, and the magical Antonio Gates (maybe), the Chargers tight end group is set.

The only issue here is how healthy Henry is for the coming year and the future. The fact that he was activated against the New England Patriots means that Henry’s ACL issue will likely be one of the past by next fall.

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