The Chargers could target wide receivers, linebackers, running-backs, offensive tackles or potentially a quarterback if they pass one one early. The receivers and running-backs are particularly strong and will run deep into the 4th-round or later. There will be a massive drop off of talent with linebackers going into the 3rd-round, and where the Chargers pick is the spot where most of these linebackers are expected to come off the board. Also, if the Chargers trade out of the 6th pick, it could net an additional second rounder. If the Chargers did pass on a quarterback in the first round, they could opt for one with the 38th-overall pick. Jordan Love is expected to be taken earlier than this, but if he dropped, he would be a steal. It is more likely that Jalen Hurts or Jake Fromm would be available.
Jalen Hurts (Mid 2nd to Mid 3rd)
Jalen Hurts has been mocked from the second round all the way to the forth. Hurts is a developmental prospect, but offers some upside with athletic tools. He lost his starting position to Tua Tagovailoa in the BCS National Championship and later transferred to Oklahoma. He is loved for his high character, especially the way he handled being benched for Tua. He is the ultimate team player! He doesn’t have the strongest arm, but it can make most of the throws. He will be at his best throwing to the short to intermediate levels. He tends to lock on to players, but his reads and progressions have improved from his days in Alabama. He will eventually get an opportunity to start, but he is more Gino Smith than Dak Prescott. A scheme specific offense, similar to Kyler Murray in Arizona, would be a good fit for him. I think the second round is too rich, but a team like the Chargers could fall for him.
Jake Fromm (Mid 2nd to Mid 3rd)
Jake Fromm is underrated as a passer, and Georgia’s run first mentality hurts him. He wasn’t really given the reigns to become a gun-slinger. Fromm as a freshman helped lead his team to a BCS Championship on the backs of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. That year, he took over for an injured Jacob Eason and played well enough to keep his job and forced Eason to transfer. He also fended off Justin Fields the following year, which forced another transfer and solidified his hold on his starting position, through competition of some of the hottest quarterbacks in college last year. He is an extremely smart player and limits turnovers and will throw the ball away to avoid taking sacks and forcing errant passes. He doesn’t have a massive arm talent, but he is a prototypical game manager. He doesn’t have much mobility and will need to be surrounded around talent to be productive. His comp is AJ McCarron and he should play a similar role as a career backup.
Jonathan Taylor (Late 1st – Early 2nd)
Johnathon Taylor has over 6,000 yards in three years with the Wisconsin Badgers. He ranks 6th all-time and still had another year of eligibility. Had he stayed in school an extra year, he would have shattered that record by over 1,000 yards. Let that sink in… He gets skinny between the tackles or he can take the sweep to the house. His vision is phenomenal and he can create something out of nothing. He has great balance and keeps the pad level low and will make shoulder-tacklers pay. He is a viable option out of the back field, whether that is a designed screen or as the check down. He can be used split out as a receiver, but he runs a limited route tree. He is best utilized in the back field as a hard-nosed, every down runner. He had the best combine of any running back. The biggest concern will be the tread on his tires, but he is extremely gifted and had an awesome combine.
De’Andre Swift (Late 1st to Early 2nd)
The next player to come out of a long line of great Georgia running-backs, De’Andre Swift is a human highlight reel. While he is on the shorter end at 5’8, he has enough weight behind him to grind out hard fought yards. He is more of a dead-leg juker, and would be a perfect fit in a zone rune scheme, where you can take advantage of his one-cut and hit the hole with urgency play style. His change of direction is insane. He runs with great leverage and is not afraid of contact. He has constantly had one of the best offensive lines in each year he has played. He also has great hands and will be an asset in the passing game. Swift should make an immediate impact on whatever team drafts him.
J. K Dobbins (Early-Late 2nd)
J.K Dobbins is a patient runner and his vision is elite. He has great lateral quickness and hits the hole quickly, but pad level could be lower. His best move is side stepping, planting and moving forward. He will fit well in pro zone schemes with the offense Ohio State ran. He is always looking to cover the football when it gets crowded. Major liability in pass protection. He doesn’t have the strength or technique to take on linebackers, which led to too many hits on Justin Fields. Dobbins isn’t powerful, but his balance is special and he will break arm tackles. He does fight for extra yardage, but his pad level limits what he’s trying to do. He is in contention of being the first back off the board, though I rank him as a later 2nd-round pick.
I think it is less likely that a quarterback is chosen in the second round and more likely to be taken with the 6th-overall pick. That said, it would make sense for the Chargers to pick one of these top-3 running-backs, even though there are options to be found on day three. Telesco has a knack for uncovering ball carriers in the late rounds, but you should not rely on this as the norm. It is un-usual to find backs in the late rounds on a consistent basis, so you have to expect the luck to run out at some point. Taylor, Swift and Dobbins would make great compliments to Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, while also providing quality depth for a lengthened season.