Predicting which positions Chargers draft on day 3 of 2024 NFL Draft

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The LA Chargers may have shocked the fanbase by taking Joe Alt with the fifth overall pick but it has been smooth sailing since. Los Angeles landed a first-round talent in Ladd McConkey in the second round then drafted the best defensive player on the board in Michigan's Junior Colson.

Nothing is guaranteed in the NFL or the draft but it looks like the Chargers got three starting-caliber players in the first three rounds of the draft. One of those players could be a future Pro Bowler (Alt) and another is going to be a huge producer for the Bolts in 2024 (McConkey).

Now the Chargers head into day three of the 2024 NFL Draft with six picks at their disposal. The team certainly could get more starting-caliber players but the third day of the draft is about building out the depth of the roster and landing key developmental pieces.

Considering the holes in the roster and where the Chargers may look to target depth, it seems rather easy to predict what positions the team will take on day three. The only question is in what order.

Predicting what positions Chargers will take on day three of 2024 NFL Draft:


Cornerback remains one of the biggest needs on the entire Chargers roster. The ship has probably sailed for the Bolts to land a starting-caliber corner but then again, the Bolts do not have many starting-quality corners on the team.

There are some names like T.J. Tampa and Cam Hart who could make a lot of sense for the Bolts in round four. Don't be surprised to see the team go with a corner sooner rather than later.

Running back

This is probably a position the Chargers don't take until later after the team signed J.K. Dobbins. That being said, Jim Harbaugh loves to run the football and the team needs someone young who can set the table for the future of the running back room.

Thankfully, the team did not reach for Blake Corum in the third round. He is no longer on the board, so it will be interesting to see where the team goes.

Tight end

It also would not be surprising to see the Chargers take a tight end in the fourth round solely because of the names that have fallen to this pick (Cade Stover, Ja'Tavion Sanders). Will Dissly is a good blocker and Hayden Hurst has potential, but there is more work that can be done.

Interior offensive line

After taking a tackle in the first round don't be surprised when the Chargers beef up the inside of the offensive line. The Bolts still need to find their long-term center as Bradley Bozeman is just a one-year stopgap option. Harbaugh has the chance to reunite with another former Wolverine in Drake Nugent.

Interior defensive line

The Chargers need to bolster the interior defensive line to match the talent that is on the edge. It will be interesting to see how the Chargers approach this and if this will be a priority in the fourth round. Brandon Dorlus is a very intriguing prospect who may still be there at 110, but he may not be the perfect schematic fit for Jim Harbaugh and Jesse Minter.

Wide receiver

It feels like the Chargers should double-dip at wide receiver, especially finding someone who can add value as a gunner on special teams. Even if the Chargers sign a veteran wide receiver to add depth, it may help in the long term to draft someone who can add special teams value and eventually develop into a role player.

Michigan's Cornelius Johnson is a name to watch in the sixth and seventh round. Johnson is obviously familiar with Harbaugh, is a really solid blocker and would have instant value in Ryan Ficken's special teams.

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