Updated 2018 NFL Draft Order - Zach Links
With the conference championship games in the books, we now know the draft order for 30 of the first round’s 32 picks. Here’s the rundown:
17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7)
Chargers position outlook 2018: Philip Rivers needed playoff run - Eric Williams
Telesco acknowledged that the Chargers have to start the process of finding an eventual replacement for Rivers during the offseason. So, I believe there’s a good chance that the Bolts draft a quarterback for the first time since 2013. While the Chargers likely will not be in the running for UCLA’s Josh Rosen or USC’s Sam Darnold, players like Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph or Louisville’s Lamar Jackson could make some sense.
Chargers position outlook 2018: Finding a home for Forrest Lamp - Eric Williams
While Gordon totaled 1,105 rushing yards, the Chargers as a team still averaged just 3.81 yards per rush, No. 26 in the NFL. Lamp, selected in the second round, suffered an ACL right knee injury during the first week of training camp that required surgery, cutting short his rookie year. Okung and Barksdale had the most penalties among the offensive linemen with six apiece during the 2017 season.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen wins PFWA’s Comeback Player of the Year Award - Will Reeve Jr
Allen had a record-breaking season for the Chargers in 2017. The 2013 third-round selection broke the Chargers single-season receptions record, finishing fourth in the NFL with 102 catches. His 1,393 receiving yards was the second-most in a season in team history.
Ex-Chargers OL Orlando Franklin signed by Redskins to reserve/future contract - Will Reeve Jr
Franklin was a standout on the Broncos before joining the Chargers but struggled mightily during his time with the team. Franklin’s $5.1 million salary cap hit. according to Spotrac, hurt the Bolts in 2017, but general manager Tom Telesco did save the team $3 million by cutting him in 2017.
PFF 2018 NFL Mock Draft 2 - Steve Palazzolo
The Chargers’ offensive line rebuild took a step in the right direction last season, but there’s still more work to do. Brown brings a physical run-blocker and capable pass-protector to Los Angeles. He finished ninth overall among the nation’s tackles at 87.9, and his 88.1 run-blocking grade ranked fourth.
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