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Get to Know the Chargers’ Draft Class


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First Round: DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State

The Pick: The Chargers picked the best defensive player in the draft in Bosa. A dominant two-way defender, Bosa will help a defense that ranked No. 24 in sacks (32) and No. 27 against the run (125.3 yards per game).

The Fit: A natural 4-3 defensive end, Bosa is an awkward fit in San Diego’s 3-4 scheme. However, the Chargers are not worried about working him into their hybrid system and plan to keep him at defensive end, insisting his strength and leverage will allow him to excel despite being smaller (6’5”, 269 lbs.) than a traditional five-technique.

The Question: Can Bosa find a niche in San Diego’s defense? He spent too much time on the ground in college, which is concerning for a 3-4 defensive end. With the edge-rushing roles belonging to Melvin Ingram and Jeremiah Attaochu, where will Bosa make his greatest impact?

Quote to Note: “I’m excited to come in and be around a guy like [Philip Rivers] who wants to compete.”

Grade: B+

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Michael Lombardo has covered the San Diego Chargers since 2003. He spent 12 years covering the team for and has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports, Football Insiders and MySpace Sports.

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