Round 3, Pick 71: Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
There absolutely are other things that the Los Angeles Chargers could address with the third-round pick. You could make the case for the team drafting another interior lineman, a cornerback or even a running back. Linebacker might not be the third position a fan would think of.
However, with no real great fits available, the man to select with the third-round pick was Malik Harrison out of Ohio State, who would not only provide the Chargers with a talented linebacker to play in rotation but be the long-term option behind Thomas Davis.
Davis is entering the last season of his contract in LA, which very well could be the last season of his career. The Chargers’ linebacking core got better last season but the team could still use more talent and more young depth.
Harrison’s best traits come in stopping the run as he is a downhill runner with good instincts, speed and tackling ability. At the very least, Harrison could be an impact linebacker on early downs to help stop the running game.
He is no slouch in the coverage, either, and he could easily become an every-down linebacker by year two with the Chargers.
Harrison would slot in nicely as the strong-side linebacker and would give the Chargers a replacement option for Davis next season that they can groom into a better linebacker this season.