Chargers News: First Round Pick Could Go Many Different Ways

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Who should the San Diego Chargers pick with the third selection in this month’s draft?

After months of speculation the wait is almost over, we are only two weeks away from the NFL draft and with that comes the opportunity of  improving the overall talent of a roster.

The Chargers have the third pick in a draft that doesn’t have great depth, some might say that this is a draft with only five players that have a legit chance of becoming all-pro type performers at the NFL level. The good news for the Bolts is that they have a great shot of landing one of those blue chip players. The list of those players somewhat matches the needs of the Chargers as well.

2015 was a very tough season for the Chargers for many reasons. You could start by pointing out the offensive line problems. Phillip Rivers is a very accurate passer when given time to set his feet and look for receivers down field, but like every other quarterback, he is not effective when he’s running for his life behind a shaky O-Line.

In my estimation there’s only two OT’S worth considering with the third overall pick. These players are Laremy Tunsil from Ole Miss and Ronnie Stanley from Notre Dame. Tunsil played against top-notch competition in the talent heavy SEC and dominated against the elite competition. Stanley while a very good prospect needs to be coached up when it comes to pass protection.

The team also needs help on the defensive line but in my view there’s no way you can justify taking either Ohio State’s Joey Bosa or the player who I consider the highest bust possibility in the first round and that is Oregon’s DeForrest Buckner. The only way you could justify taking a DE is by trading back.

If the Chargers don’t pick someone on the O-Line and feel that the D-Line prospects are not worth the third pick, they should select who many think is the best overall player in the draft. That player is the all-world S/CB Jalen Ramsey from FSU. He’s drawn comparisons to future Hall of famer Ed Reed. That might be a little too much but there’s no question that Ramsey has great range as a safety/corner and can cover WR out of the slot and RB out of the backfield.

The Chargers play in a division where they have to face Von Miller, Justin Houston, Khalil Mack, DeMarcus Ware and Tamba Hali twice a year so that might push them to take the best OT on the board. That would be a good and safe pick but if they want to go “the best player” route, they should take Jalen Ramsey.

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