The 2016 NFL Draft is less than a month away. Tuesday morning the NFL released the official 2016 NFL Draft order. The Chargers own at least one pick in each round of the draft order but what will they do with these opportunities. In free agency the Chargers acquired a few key players on defense but still haven't really addressed the holes on the offensive line. The Bolts have the third overall pick in the first round and most will agree that they need beef up the front. Here are a few of the players that could fill that void plus some thoughts on defense.
Laremy Tunsil out of Ole Miss and Notre Dame’s Rodney Stanley; two solid tackles worthy of the 3rd pick who can offer Philip Rivers the protection he needs. Tunsil is poised to be the top pick in the draft especially after his performance at Ole Miss pro day. Not only does he have tremendous footwork but this guy is a tank. He can put up 34 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Yeah, I’d want him protecting me. It’s likely the Tennessee Titans will nab him, but stranger things have happened during the draft.
Right now, Notre Dame’s Rodney Stanley is slated as the number two tackle available after Tunsil. Tunsil may play a little meaner, but Stanley is definitely solid. He’s a three year starter with 13 starts at right tackle in 2013 and 27 starts at left tackle in the last two seasons. The Detroit Lions are likely to pick him up, but hey, I’m saying there’s a chance.
With Eric Weddle (and his beard) now out of the Chargers’ picture, the Bolts have a unique hole to fill on defense. Jalen Ramsey out of Florida State is similar to Weddle in terms of style of play but is a much bigger guy who can still run around and make plays while adding that competitive grit. He’s certainly one of, if not the best DB coming into this draft, in my opinion.
Round One is Thursday April 28. Rounds Two and Three are April 29, and the draft concludes on April 30.