Round 1: Pick 25
Kyle Fuller: CB, Virginia Tech (6’0”/190lb):
An off-ball corner that would be able to play in the 7-back, 1-off zone-man switch scheme of the Chargers secondary. He’s got great eyes to react to the ball, fluid hips for dropbacks and switches, and shows an ability to play physical against bigger receivers. Fuller will definitely be an upgrade at the cornerback position for the Chargers who had their struggles with Cox and Wright.
Round 2: Pick 25
Jordan Matthews: WR, Vanderbilt (6’2”/209lbs):
Since the Chargers have Keenan Allen for the flys, dinos, stutters, and any route past the 10 yard mark, we bring in a wide receiver whose specialty is to do crossing, hitches, and comebacks. A wide receiver with phenomenal route-running ability, he can be the physical possession receiver alongside the big-play maker we have in Allen.
Round 3: Pick 25
Cyril Richardson: OG, Baylor (6’5”/329lbs):
A great run-blocking guard that fits perfectly in the zone-blocking scheme of the Chargers. He’s quick off the ball, extremely powerful, and can handle bulls. He needs to work on his hips and kick-outs, which hinder his pass-blocking ability, but he’s a guard that fits the bill for the zone-blocking scheme that the Chargers run. Remember, scheme fit is extremely important for incoming rookies. I trust Coach Joe to whip him into shape.
Round 4: Pick 25
DaQuan Jones: NT, Penn State (6’4”/322lbs):
Prototypical run-stopping nose tackle that can fill the need. He’s a great two-gapping run stopper and in the pass rush shows a great swim move to get to the inside. Jones is perfect to play the nose tackle position in the 3-4 scheme of the Chargers.
Round 5: Pick 25
Andre Hal: CB, Vanderbilt (5’10”/188lbs):
If Hal falls this low (and his “grade” indicates so) and no one has yet to grab him, I will be ecstatic. He’s the perfect fit in the aforementioned 7-back, 1-off, zone-man scheme that the Chargers run and will show in the future that he’ll be the best cornerback out of this draft. A brilliant corner with great fundamentals makes this a great pickup for the Chargers on Day Three.
Round 6: Pick 25
Wesley Johnson: OT/OG, Vanderbilt (6’5”/297):
I know what you’re thinking. “Three guys from Vanderbilt??” Johnson does need to bulk up and will be moved over to the inside to fill out the guard spot opposite Richardson, but he is a great pass-blocking guard. Good feet and hips for a guard, great kickouts, and love his use of hands. If you don’t believe how good he is, watch this game film (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvOOiUFjy0Y). It’s Johnson versus Clowney and he plays very well whenever Clowney is lined up against him.
Round 7: Pick 25
Jordan Tripp: OLB, University of Montana (6’3”/234lbs):
Very little known prospect out of Montana, Tripp can be the outside rush help that the Chargers need. He placed top-10 in every single drill at the combine and the numbers aren’t a fluke. Watch the game tape on this kid and you see a great anticipation off the line, good eyes, and was near the football nearly every snap. He’ll be a phenomenal addition to the Chargers defense.