As the 2016 NFL Draft quickly approaches — four weeks and counting as we go to print — the Chargers still have a number of positions to fill and/or backfill in order to compete for a division crown. Injuries to starters and lack of depth at key positions contributed to going winless in the AFC West last season.
Although he hasn’t been a big participant in free agency thus far, the players General Manager Tom Telesco did retain and sign off the open market allows him more freedom to select the proverbial “best player available,” rather than drafting for a positon of need.
Currently picking No. 3 overall, Telesco has said he is open to trade down if the price is right. And with the Browns signing quarterback Robert Griffin III last week, there should be a few teams calling Telesco hoping to trade up if the Browns bypass a quarterback with the second pick.
Speculation has Telesco keeping the pick if Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil happens to fall to No. 3 or a trade offer isn’t worth it for Telesco to move down in the draft. In their latest mock drafts, a number of prognosticators have the Chargers selecting one of three players if Tunsil is off the board — DB Jalen Ramsey (Florida State), DE DeForest Buckner (Oregon) or DE Joey Bosa (Ohio St.).