The Chargers window to win a Championship with Phillip Rivers is diminishing and AFC West rival Kansas City isn’t making life any easier. In order for Los Angeles to seize its opportunity to compete, shoring up the offensive line and patching some holes defensively is critical.
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Round 1, Pick No. 28: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
A four-year starter in college, Risner can play all five positions on the offensive line and has been incredibly consistent throughout his K-State career. While he has good mobility, Risner's tenacity and technique as a blocker are what truly stand out. He is a punishing blocker with dominant play strength and the type of competitive mentality teams are looking for in an offensive lineman.
Round 2, Pick No. 60: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
With Brandon Mebane a free agent and Corey Liuget’s contract expiring after next, an infusion of talent on the interior defensive line is needed. Tillery put everything together as a senior and had a dominant season. His blend of power, length, mass, flexibility and athleticism gives him immense playmaking potential against the run and pass.
Round 3, Pick No. 91: Germaine Pratt, LB, North Carolina State
Tom Telesco came out and said he would be focused on the linebacker position heavily this offseason and it makes sense given the free agents and how the depth was challenged in 2018. A converted safety, Pratt has been a highly productive defensive playmaker for the Wolfpack across the last two seasons. He is a physical player that knows how to finish.
Round 4, Pick No. 124: David Long, LB, West Virginia
I can see the Chargers double-dipping at the linebacker position and the middle rounds could be the right time to do it. Long has a natural feel for navigating through contact, a quick trigger to diagnose plays and ideal mobility.
Round 5, Pick No. 156: Blace Brown, CB, Troy
The Chargers need depth at corner and Brown would be a great Day 3 selection that offers considerable upside. He is a lengthy and physical corner that tackles well and had excellent ball production in college. I can see Brown developing into a quality special teamer while challenging the depth of the roster at cornerback.
Round 6, Pick No. 187: Anthony Ratliff-Williams, WR, North Carolina
Tyrell Williams is likely to playing elsewhere in 2019 and adding some pieces to the receiving corps would be a wise move. A converted quarterback, Ratliff-Williams is still developing as a route runner but I like his big play potential as a receiver and returner. He’s a perfect Day 3 developmental choice that presents upside.
Round 7, Pick No. 220: Phil Haynes, G, Wake Forest
Haynes is one of my favorite late-round offensive line sleeper prospects in the 2019 class. He was a four-year starter for Wake Forest and illustrates really exciting play strength and sound technique. It was announced that he has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and while he may not be a household name, Haynes could be a riser to keep an eye on throughout the draft process.