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The 2015 San Diego Chargers Draft That Might Have Been

Let's take a trip to an alternative reality, and wonder what could have been for the San Diego Chargers 2015 Draft Class.

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Round 1, Pick #17 - Bud Dupree, OLB (Kentucky)

Yahoo Sports: Dupree is a very athletic outside linebacker who can fit any role the Steelers Chargers need him for. He ran a 4.56 40-yard dash and had a 42-inch vertical jump at 269 pounds.

What Telesco would say: "With JJ gone, we see this man as athletic enough to be a pass rusher and strong enough to be an edge setter in the run game. We also really liked his ability to transition from run defender to pass rusher in play action situations. He should be able to make sure we have a good rotation, if Jerry and Melvin can stay on the field and he did play some inside backer at Kentucky, too. We think we just drafted the best all-around linebacker in this year’s draft."

Round 2, Pick #48 - Rob Havenstein, Right Tackle (Wisconsin)

Yahoo Sports: A big, stiff, nasty mauler of a right tackle, Havenstein won't win any agility contests. He was among the slower testers at the combine in the movement drills — but immediately can come in and start as a road-grading escort for Todd Gurley the Bolts running backs. The Rams Chargers have gotten more powerful in this draft.

What Telesco would say: "We are going to have an interesting competition on the right side of the line going into camp. We’re going to see who makes the best case for Right Tackle and roll with the man that shows the most ability to protect Philip’s front side, with the other man going to right guard. We need linemen that can neutralize Mack, Miller, and Houston to give our team the best chances to win out in our division. Rob caught our eye when we scouted a running back we would have loved to have dropped to us."

Round 3, Pick #76 - Duke Johnson, RB (Miami)

Yahoo Sports: Johnson is a high-energy inside and outside rusher who squeezes out every last yard and has more burst than he's given credit for. He'll push young add to a quality RB by committee with Terrence West Branden Oliver and Isaiah Crowell Danny Woodhead and make an impact as a tough, competitive grinder with burst.

What Telesco would say: "We thought it was worth giving up our 5th round pick to trade up with the Vikings to get Duke. We think he will be an asset in our passing game as a receiver, plus he brings a real no nonsense one cut and go style to our running game. I think he and Branden are going to be a great one-two punch in our running game and Johnson’s all around skill set did separate him from the other backs in this draft."

Round 4, Pick #117 - Marcus Hardison, DE (Arizona State) A defensive end turned three-technique in a 4-3 defense with outstanding initial quickness off the snap and the hands and feet to be a disruptive, upfield player against plodding guards. Hardison needs more muscle in his lower body and is unlikely to fit defensive schemes looking for stack-and-shed interior defenders. Hardison has starting potential and might be able to come in as a situational pass rusher early on.

What Telesco would say: "Our evaluation of Marcus was as a DE in our base 3-4, with the ability to play inside on some 4 down linemen packages early on. I see a lot of leg days in the gym in his future, but we like his continuous improvement over the last three years and think he is going to become an important part of our defensive front this year and in years to come."

Round 6, Pick #153 - Derron Smith, S (Fresno St.) Lacks ideal size for the position, but checks off just about every other box teams will be looking for. Smith's ability to match up in space against slot receivers and his willingness to get downhill and tackle will be coveted. Smith must learn to play under control as a tackler, but he should have a shot to come in and compete for a starting-safety or slot-corner job quickly.

What Telesco would say: "The talent and production said he was a 2nd or 3rd rounder, but a lot of teams don’t like safeties that are only 5 foot 10. We decided to take the chance and see if he can help our team."