With the 71st overall pick, the LA Chargers select: Stanford Samuels, CB, Florida State
You could make the case for several different positions to be selected in the third round here. The team has needs at tackle, wide receiver, defensive tackle, running back and cornerback. Cornerback is not necessarily a huge need, but it is a need and the Chargers get exactly the kind of corner that should help in Stanford Samuels.
The reason for going with Samuels over some of the other potential options is because it would have been a reach to select any of the other positions of need. We could have taken defensive tackle as well, but after drafting Jerry Tillery in the first round last year, I would rather see the Chargers address a different need first.
We broke down why cornerback is still a pressing need for the Chargers even with Chris Harris on the roster and bringing in Samuels would be enough of an addition for the team to not even worry about any more secondary additions.
The team needs someone who can play out wide alongside Casey Hayward and Samuels is that guy. He is a tall, lengthy corner who really excelled in press and man coverage in college.
He might only be a second and third down option early on as he is not great against the run but he would give the team a perfect rotational corner to split time with Michael Davis and Brandon Facyson.