The Chargers re-signed Corey Liuget to a $30 million contract this past offseason, so I don't know how much money they want to invest in their defensive line. This is significant, as Kendall Reyes happens to be a free agent at the end of this year. San Diego may want to obtain someone more consistent up front anyway.
Pick change; previously Nate Andrews, S
Rd. 2, Pk. 22
Jack Allen, C, Michigan State
The Chargers said goodbye to Nick Hardwick this offseason. They'll try Chris Watt out as a replacement, but the natural guard could struggle at the center position; he's been woeful thus far in 2015. Here's a solution if he doesn't improve.
Rd. 3, Pk. 22
Some cornerback depth wouldn't hurt here, just so the Chargers won't be in trouble if either Brandon Flowers or Jason Verrett goes down.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 21
Shilique Calhoun, DE/3-4OLB, Michigan State
The Chargers are hoping that both Melvin Ingram and Jeremiah Attaochu break out this year, but if one doesn't, San Diego will need to draft another edge rusher.
In 2015, Calhoun has 4.5 sacks, 20 tackles, 5.5 for a loss and a pass batted. His pass-rushing moves and overall play look improved over last year. For the next level, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Calhoun could stand to add some weight and functional strength, plus further expand his repertoire of pass-rushing moves.
After a slow start to 2014, Calhoun started playing better. The junior speed rusher recorded 39 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and a forced fumble for the year.
Calhoun was one of the top players on Michigan State's superb defense in 2013. For the year, he recorded 37 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Pick change; previously Leonard Floyd, OLB
Rd. 2, Pk. 21
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
The Chargers grab a young replacement for Antonio Gates.
In 2015, Howard has 13 receptions for 183 yards. He totaled 17 receptions for 260 yards in 2014. The talented tight end was very under-utilized. As he proved at USC with Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, Lane Kiffin settles on one receiver and struggles to call plays for anyone else regardless of their talent or mismatch potential.
Howard (6-6, 237) flashed big-time potential in 2013. The freshman hauled in 14 passes for 269 yards (19.2 average) with two touchdowns. Howard is a fast and dangerous receiving weapon who has the frame to add size. He was just scratching the surface of his potential. Sources say Howard needs to improve his route-running and blocking.
The Chargers gave up a little too much to move up to take Melvin Gordon, but can add value to Gordon by selecting a run-blocking lineman. With experience at both the right tackle and right guard position, Alexander can help shore up some uncertainty on the right side of the line. Joe Barksdale is not an ideal long-term solution at right tackle, while DJ Fluker is currently dealing with some injuries and was initially drafted to be the Chargers’ right tackle. No matter which position the Chargers put Alexander or Fluker in 2016, it will likely be an improvement over having Barksdale at right tackle.
Malcolm Floyd is still serviceable, but everybody other than Keenan Allen is easily replaceable at this point in the draft Though Robinson himself needs development in his route running, his ability to break tackles after the run and pluck the ball out of the air makes this a good pick. If you are going to overpay for Philip Rivers’ services, you best get him more targets.