PFF draft board: San Diego Chargers

Nathan Jahnke takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Chargers' roster needs.

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PFF draft board: San Diego Chargers

PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 franchises using our draft rankings and evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second-, and third-round picks, along with a team-specific draft board (at the bottom of this article) that includes every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the San Diego Chargers:

Round 1 (third overall)

DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

This is the ideal situation for all involved. The Chargers’ biggest need is on the defensive line, while Buckner would fit best in a 3-4 scheme like San Diego employs. No Charger defensive linemen had more than 20 pressures or stops last year, so Buckner would be a day-one starter, and likely fix both of those problems.

Joey Bosa, OLB, Ohio State

While Joey Bosa is ideally fit for a 4-3 defensive end role, as the top player on the PFF draft board, he might be too good to pass up if he falls to No. 3. Even though they run a 3-4 scheme, in the past few years they’ve had an edge rusher who rarely drops into coverage, like Dwight Freeney and Jerry Attaochu, so they could make the scheme fit.

Myles Jack, ILB, UCLA

Even though the Chargers have invested in inside linebackers in recent drafts, that shouldn’t stop them from considering the best linebacker in this draft, Myles Jack. The Chargers’ linebackers were subpar in coverage, and Jack would help fill that void.

Round 2 (35th overall)

Adolphus Washington, DE/DT, Ohio State

Even if the Chargers go with Buckner in Round 1, they could use another lineman in Round 2, and Washington would be a nice complement. While Buckner would replace Kendall Reyes, Washington has the versatility that San Diego has liked in defensive linemen to play both three-tech and nose tackle, and be an asset in their rotation.

Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers

The Chargers have traditionally had receivers that don’t drop many passes, which means Carroo would fit right in, with just two drops on 96 catchable targets over the last two years. The need for a wide receiver isn’t as strong compared to other positions, but they lack depth, which means Carroo could contribute right away.

Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

It’s possible that a team picks Kelly in the first round, but if he falls to the Chargers in the second, it would be a great fit. Current Chargers center Trevor Robinson had an overall grade of 23.4 last season, the lowest for centers who started the entire year. He would be one of the few second-round picks you could pencil in for 1,000 or more snaps as a rookie.

Round 3 (66th overall)

Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Miss

There’s a lot to like about Reed’s playmaking abilities, which makes him a good value in the third round. On paper, the Chargers are set at their top three cornerback spots, but with Jason Verrett’s injury history and Brandon Flower’s age, they need a fourth cornerback on the depth chart they can depend on to play outside. Ideally, Verrett stays healthy so Reed can adjust to facing NFL wide receivers.

Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State

The Chargers have two starting outside linebackers they like in Melvin Ingram and Jeremiah Attaochu, but they could use additional depth at the position. Fackrell is an edge rusher that they could move around to get more creative with the defense, as well as put into coverage sometimes in the base defense or blitz packages.

Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina

There is a chance Adams goes in the second round, but if he falls to the Chargers here, it would be a great value pick. With Ladarius Green gone, San Diego needs someone to complement Antonio Gates in the two-tight-end packages. He can be an effective run-blocker as San Diego tries to become a more run-oriented team, and has the receiving potential to also contribute in the passing game. He might not be the tight end you want replacing Gates when he retires, because he’s not as gifted as a receiver, but he would still be an asset to the offense.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardSan Diego Chargers Draft Board
DeForest BucknerDIOregon21
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State12
Jared GoffQBCal43
Myles JackLBUCLA64
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss55
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State36
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville87
Corey ColemanWRBaylor98
Chris JonesDIMississippi State129
Josh DoctsonWRTCU1010
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State711
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1912
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2013
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson1114
Cody WhitehairGKansas State1715
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2316
William Jackson IIICBHouston1517
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2918
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2619
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3220
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1321
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1422
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3023
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3624
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3325
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1626
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2227
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3528
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4129
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4030
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2531
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2431
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1833
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2834
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State6535
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5936
Ryan KellyCAlabama4237
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4337
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3839
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6640
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4540
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2742
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona7143
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5444
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State7845
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4645
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5747
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA5847
Joshua GarnettGStanford5049
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5149
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2151
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6052
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5253
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5553
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3955
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9756
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4756
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7056
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6259
Christian WestermanGArizona State8560
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6761
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6362
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5663
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7664
Eli AppleCBOhio State3165
Steven DanielsLBBoston College10166
Su'a CravensLBUSC4867
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh8267
Jeremy CashSDuke5369
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama7770
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9671
Devin LucienWRArizona State9271
Braxton MillerWROhio State9871
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6474
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3475
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9176
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4976
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7478
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3779
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State7380
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7981
Connor CookQBMichigan State7582
Darian ThompsonSBoise State8383
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic9384
Darius LathamDIIndiana8485
Spencer DrangoGBaylor10786
Joe DahlOTWashington State11286
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky10986
Vonn BellSOhio State9089
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8689
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA8989
Matt SkuraCDuke12892
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6992
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11994
Austin HooperTEStanford12595
Willie HenryDIMichigan9996
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8097
Maliek CollinsDINebraska6198
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State11498
Alex CollinsRBArkansas87100
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern88100
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State68102
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State94103
Demarcus AyersWRHouston150104
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118105
Jake McGeeTEFlorida123105
Darron LeeLBOhio State81107
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas126108
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State138109
Tavon YoungCBTemple115110
Austin BlytheCIowa203111
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State102111
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182113
David MorganTEUTSA153114
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145114
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri108116
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss44117
Matt IoannidisDITemple124117
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State157119
Will AnthonyEDGENavy132120
Devon CajusteTEStanford174121
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180121
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173121
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72124
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127125
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230126
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134127
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222128
Cody KesslerQBUSC106128
Jack AllenCMichigan State122130
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95131
Devontae BookerRBUtah103132
Jihad WardDIIllinois159133
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162133
Terrell LathanDITCU167133
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161133
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166133
Will ParksSArizona100138
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160138
Max TuerkCUSC113140
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140141
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104142
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148143
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168143
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170143
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175143
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178143
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169143
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110149
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111149
Jayron KearseSClemson120151
Byron MarshallWROregon121151
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105153
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130154
Daniel LascoRBCal141155
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139155
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117157
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195158
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196158
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131160
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136161
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116162
Keanu NealSFlorida176163
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210164
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211164
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142166
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129167
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151168
Kevin HoganQBStanford143168
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149168
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165171
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187172
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135173
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137173
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163175
Ian SeauEDGENevada219176
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220176
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158178
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154179
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208179
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147179
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177182
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181183
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133184
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155185
Mike RoseEDGENC State223186
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244186
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246186
Cody CoreWROle Miss184189
Kenny LawlerWRCal193189
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171191
Corey TindalCBMarshall172191
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179191
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146194
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152195
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156195
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207197
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201198
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206198
Blake MartinezLBStanford198198
Teddy RubenWRTroy212198
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197202
Ryker MathewsGBYU164203
Ted KarrasGIllinois213204
Artie BurnsCBMiami144205
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200206
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199206
T.J. GreenSClemson217208
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215208
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214208
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218208
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216208
Joey HuntCTCU189213
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186213
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192213
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221216
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185217
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188217
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191219
Alex LewisOTNebraska183219
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190219
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204222
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209222
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241224
Jake BrendelCUCLA245224
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234224
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240224
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248224
Nick VigilLBUtah State205229
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224230
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233230
Deion JonesLBLSU250230
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226230
Charone PeakeWRClemson229230
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236230
Trevor DavisWRCal239230
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227230
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194238
Connor McGovernGMissouri202239
Boston StiversonGKansas State237240
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238240
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243240
John TheusOTGeorgia231240
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232240
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249240
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242240
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225247
Jalen MillsCBLSU247247
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235247
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228250

| Director of Analytics

Nathan has been with Pro Football Focus since 2010. He is the Director of Analytics, an NFL analyst, and a fantasy writer.

  • MachoMenos

    Give me Vernon Butler in the 2nd over the guy that was arrested for solicitation any day!

  • Tim

    Chargers play a lot in a 2-4-5 “nickel” package. Probably 60% of the time. After grabbing Mebane in FA, targeting two DL in rounds one and two seems excessive when you only have two DL on the field at one time. I think Ramsey is their number one guy on their board.

  • Justin Peniche

    Jalen Ramsey is the most athletic and versatile player in the draft so I would hope the Chargers are interested in the best player. If they go after need then I agree with Buckner but definitely not another defensive lineman in round 2. They need help at center, tight end and depth at tackle and guard on the offensive line. Too many needs to add 2 players at the same position that early in the draft.