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Chargers: Fan-favorite pick at No. 28 in the 2019 NFL Draft

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 29: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson #23 of the Florida Gators celebrates after his teams win over the Michigan Wolverines during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Gators defeated the Wolverines 41-15. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 29: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson #23 of the Florida Gators celebrates after his teams win over the Michigan Wolverines during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Gators defeated the Wolverines 41-15. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Deionte Thompson #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks the pass intended for Carson Meier #45 of the Oklahoma Sooners in the third quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Deionte Thompson #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks the pass intended for Carson Meier #45 of the Oklahoma Sooners in the third quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Chargers Fan Vote: Elite Eight

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (S) vs Dalton Risner (OT)

Winner: Risner (68 percent)

Along with Adderley, Risner has been one of the fan-favorite selections for the Chargers to take. Gardner-Johnson would be incredibly fun to watch when paired with Derwin James, but fans clearly want the team to go in the direction of a trench selection.

Dexter Lawrence (IDL) vs Kaleb McGary (OL)

Winner: Lawrence (66 percent)

Both picks may fall to the second round, but there’s no denying the first-round upside that a hulking presence like Lawrence can provide. Fans clearly are enticed with finding that plug in the middle of the defense, particularly one that can stop the run attack. Whether or not that will warrant a first round selection remains to be seen.

Deionte Thompson (S) vs Juan Thornhill (S)

Winner: Thompson (57 percent)

Thornhill might actually be the safer pick of the two, but fans clearly prefer to take a chance on Thompson. This was the closest of the four Elite Eight match ups, with both occupying the same position on defense. It’s unlikely either is the pick in the first round.

Nasir Adderley (S) vs Christian Wilkins (IDL)

Winner: Wikins (63 percent)

After winning ninety percent of the fan vote in the Sweet 16, Adderley face plants and falls way short in the face of Wilkins. Again, trench picks win the day, and Wilkins would be an absolute steal at No. 28.

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