Los Angeles Chargers Draft Talk: Pick 17 could see one of these five players

The Los Angeles Chargers barely missed out on making the playoffs last season. If not for a lousy five-game stretch to start the season, the Chargers probably would have been in the tournament. While there may not be many holes in the starting lineup, the Chargers need to add some depth. Head Coach Anthony Lynn and company sit in the 17th position for the 2018 NFL Draft. The Chargers could go several directions. However, two positions stand out as a heavy need – DL and OL. What directions do the Los Angeles Chargers go in at 17? Here are five possibilities. (Players are not in any particular order)

Mike McGlinchey, OT – Notre Dame

McGlinchey is the best tackle in the draft. While he may not be the best offensive lineman he certainly brings a first-round grade. The Chargers are going to need to replace Russell Okung and Joe Barksdale soon. He is well suited to play on either side and could be a day one starter. The Los Angeles Chargers want to protect Philip Rivers and his replacement for the next several years. Therefore, McGlinchey is a piece to add.

Da’Ron Payne, DT – Alabama

Payne is the best run stopping DT in the draft. He carries a big frame very well. Thus making him nimble on his feet. He has been sliding down some draft boards and could be available for the Chargers at 14. Selecting him at this spot could give the Chargers one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.

Minkah Fitzpatrick, S – Alabama

Many draft boards have the Chargers selecting Derwin James. I do not see him being available at 17. In saying that, Fitzpatrick could be. Tre Boston is a free agent and therefore safety is a priority. The Los Angeles Chargers surprisingly have one of the best young secondaries on the outside. Adding Fitzpatrick to the middle would just make them stronger.

Lamar Jackson, QB – Louisville

Finding the replacement for Rivers is key. This draft is probably one of the best to do it in. The Los Angeles Chargers have been doing their homework on this position. Nonetheless, the depth could mean the team goes a different direction with their pick. They do have bigger needs than QB. However, Jackson could be there if they feel he is the future.

Leighton Vander Esch, LB – Boise State

Vander Esch is a tackling machine. In fact, in the Las Vegas Bowl, Leighton had twelve tackles, three for a loss, a sack, and a forced fumble. Additionally, he is an every-down linebacker. Vander Esch would solidify the middle of the Chargers LB corps. Giving them a sideline-to-sideline type player.

The Los Angeles Chargers could go a multitude of directions at 17. Indeed, defense and o-line are prime needs for this team. Hence, I believe that will be the direction they go. Although, if their guy is not there, look at them to make a surprise.

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