Chargers Draft

Five-round draft approach for the Los Angeles Chargers

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Greg Gaines #99 of the Washington Huskies attempts to intercept a pass by Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Greg Gaines #99 of the Washington Huskies attempts to intercept a pass by Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 13: Isaiah Buggs #49 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a safety against the Missouri Tigers in the third quarter of the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama won 39-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 13: Isaiah Buggs #49 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a safety against the Missouri Tigers in the third quarter of the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama won 39-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Round 3:

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…

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