Rounds 4 and 5:
Find your developmental guy
This is where I would like to see the Chargers double-down in the trenches. On the offensive line, the Bolts could look at guys like Ohio State’s Isaiah Prince and USC’s Chuma Edoga. In the middle of the defensive line, they could opt to go with UCF’s Trysten Hill or Texas A&M’s Daylon Mack. I’m also personally a huge fan of Washington’s Greg Gaines.
Going offensive line in Round Four and defensive line in Round Five, or vice versa, gives them legitimate training camp competition on both lines. As recently as last season, a fourth round draft choice has won a starting job: Kyzir White over Jatavis Brown. The year prior, fifth-round selection Desmond King was chosen. To me, this draft range is one of the most exciting under Tom Telesco, as he has routinely found good players here, as well as in the sixth and seventh round.
There are future concerns with starting left tackle Russell Okung and nose tackle Brandon Mebane, both older players with limited time on their contracts. It’s time for the Chargers to start looking ahead and finding players to develop to usher in the new era of players following many veteran departures.
That’s it for this five-round draft strategy for the Chargers! My preference would be to go offensive tackle, then free safety, then defensive tackle, then double-dipping on trench picks in the fourth and fifth round. The first three selections fill their three biggest needs, and the final two ensure that there is more than enough depth talent, or future starting talent, on the roster. What would you do in each round? Comment below and submit your five-round draft approach.