Take your interior defensive linemen
Finally, the Chargers take someone on the inside of the defensive line. In this area, the Bolts could find options like Arizona State’s Renell Wren (he may go second-round), Alabama’s Isaiah Buggs, Missouri’s Terry Beckner Jr., and Western Illinois’ Khalen Saunders. None of these picks, for various reasons, are home-run selections; that’s why they’re third-round prospects. Nevertheless, most are solid options, and the Chargers will have a few to pick from. Telesco, after spending years over-drafting or moving up to select players, has let the prospects fall to the team in recent years. Desmond King, Derwin James, and Forrest Lamp are all examples of patience rewarding the Chargers at various points in the draft.
Be patient for more offensive line help
Maybe the team grabs a guard like Boston College’s Chris Lindstrom in the first round, and is now looking for their offensive tackle. At this point, it’s now more likely that Tevi will end up being the training camp starter at right tackle. If the Chargers feel worried about relying on him to carry the right side through the season, they can always sign one of the veteran options on the free agent market post-draft to compete (or take over) for the tackle spot. If I’m all for them grabbing any offensive tackle here, though, it’s Alabama State’s Tytus Howard. There are solid developmental prospects in the early rounds of Day Three, so there’s no need to reach for one now.
More on that in the next slide…