Chargers Draft Picks

By BERNIE WILSON
|  Saturday, Apr 24, 2010  |  Updated 1:56 PM PDT
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The Chargers have taken Miami tight end Dedrick Epps with their final pick in the NFL draft, the 28th selection in the seventh round.

Epps will have a chance to become the third-string tight end, behind Pro Bowler Antonio Gates and Kris Wilson.

The team lost tight end Brandon Manumaleuna to Chicago via free agency.

The Chargers took Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton with a compensatory pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft. Crompton replaces third-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, who was traded to Seattle in mid-March.

The pick, No. 37 in the fifth round and 168th overall, was compensation for losing unrestricted free agents Mike Goff and Igor Olshansky after the 2008 season.

Crompton passed for 12 touchdowns with only two interceptions in the Vols' last five games, including a career-best five TD passes with no picks against Memphis. He finished the season with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Ahead of him on the depth chart are Pro Bowler Philip Rivers and backup Billy Volek.

The Chargers finally took a defensive tackle in the fifth round to pick Cam Thomas of North Carolina.

Thomas is 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds. He'll be in the mix to replace Jamal Williams, who had been the run-stuffing anchor of the Chargers' 3-4 defense. Williams suffered a season-ending arm injury in last year's opener and then was released in early March.

The Chargers swapped fifth-round picks with Philadelphia, moving from 28th to 15th, and sent the Eagles a fifth-round pick in 2011.

The team took Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey with the 12th pick in the fourth round. Stuckey was one of the highest-rated strong safeties in the draft. There's a chance the Chargers will use him at free safety.

The Chargers had moved up in the fourth round as part of the big deal with Miami on Thursday that allowed San Diego to pick Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews with the 12th pick overall.

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