The Chargers surprised a lot of people in the first round by taking Joey Bosa, the best player in this year's draft. He's a really good all-around end who beats linemen with his size, power and effort. Some thought it would be an offensive tackle. More on that later. Henry is the draft's best tight end who will give Philip Rivers a nice target in the passing game. Tuerk, the team's third rounder, is the type of center the Chargers have needed. Perry was a great value pick in the fourth round. Brown, another linebacker, can make a lot of players for the Chargers. He may start as a special teamer, but he can fly around the field. But where is the offensive tackle in this class?
This was the first surprise of the first round of the draft, but if the draft was in January a lot of people probably would have expected this choice. Bosa is the draft's best player but got unfairly picked apart during the combine process. It's almost like we all got bored of Bosa. The Ohio State junior is a good combo end who can stop the run and get after the quarterback. His pass rush skill will get negated some if the Chargers use him as an end in a three-man front. That's the big issue with this choice.
Bosa probably has the highest floor of any pick in this draft, and he can always rely on technique to win match-ups. His combination of power, technique, awareness and preparation are all NFL-ready and will translate into a difference-maker. Though most see a higher ceiling with other defensive linemen in this draft, Bosa still hasn't reached his full potential.
The Chargers drafted their successor to Antonio Gates in the 2nd round in Henry. Henry is widely viewed as the top tight end in the draft. It's interesting that the team chose to go in this direction, though Henry is a good player. I imagine that fans would have wanted to wait at least another round on the position. The team still needs a center and a safety. Henry will be very good very soon, though.
Telesco loves guys like this, and not without good reason. As for what he's actually like between the lines, Perry is a physical inside linebacker that is a clean fit in the Chargers' base defense. He's more of a classic two-down linebacker, though, and will probably not see much action in nickel packages or any obvious passing situations. In essence, he's the (good) type of player that you can find on day three of the draft.
With the fifth round compensatory pick the Chargers received this offseason, they have selected Linebacker Jatavis Brown out of Akron. A three year starter, he had a lot of success in the Will linebacker spot racking up 41.5 tackles for loss, 18 sacks and 10 forced fumbles.
Kaser is known for having a very strong leg, but is also known for outkicking his coverage too often. Broke Shane Lechler's single-season school record for yards per punt (47.5) as well as net career average (46.2). I wouldn't be surprised to see him immediately replace Scifres, allowing San Diego to save over $3.5 million against the cap for the 2016 season.
They went back and grabbed his fullback from Wisconsin, where he actually produced, to come in and try and lead the way for him. Watt is a blocking back, he provides almost nothing carrying or catching the ball. Hopefully he helps get Melvin Gordon going.
The interior of the Chargers Offense Line was horrible last year and they did everything they could to help fix that problem with the additions of both Max Tuerk and now 7th Round pick Donavon Clark.