SAN DIEGO -- For general manager Tom Telesco and the San Diego Chargers, the final day of this year’s draft is about filling depth on the roster.
The Chargers have three picks left in the draft, and will not select until the fifth round at No. 165 -- unless they trade up -- because the team gave up a fourth-round pick to move up and select Georgia Tech pass rusher Jeremiah Attaochu.
“Day 3 is the fun day, because it’s the day you’ve got to mine through and try to find guys that have some traits that gives them a chance to come in and be a role player -- or if you get lucky maybe even a starter,” Telesco said. “There’s still a lot of good players on the board, and we’ll see what matches up. But this is a day that scouts really like.”
Defensive tackle, receiver and cornerback appear to be the top priorities for San Diego on Day 3.
Here’s a look at some potential targets for the Chargers:
Daquan Jones, 6-4, 322, Penn State
Eric’s rationale: Played in a 4-3, but has the ability to play nose tackle in a 3-4.
Justin Ellis, 6-2, 334, Louisiana Tech
Eric’s rationale: Can play a two-gap nose in a 3-4, but also has the versatility to play other positions along the defensive line.
Bruce Ellington, 5-9, 197 South Carolina
Eric’s rationale: The former basketball player has impressive return and run-after-catch ability.
Martavis Bryant, 6-4, 211, Clemson
Eric’s rationale: Physical receiver that played in a big-time program.
Robert Herron, 5-9, 193, Wyoming
Eric’s rationale: Explosive playmaker with speed to burn.
Walt Aikens, 6-1, 203, Liberty
Eric’s rationale: Long, aggressive corner willing to come up and tackle in run support.
Pierre Desir, 6-1, 198, Lindenwood
Eric’s rationale: Had impressive production in college against lesser competition. He fits the trend of bigger corners in the NFL.
Jaylen Watkins, 6-0, 194, Florida
Eric’s rationale: The older brother of Sammy Watkins, he has the ability to play corner and safety.
Logan Thomas, 6-6, 248 Virginia Tech
Eric’s rationale: A developmental prospect, Thomas might have the most upside of any quarterback in the draft.