When James was still on the board at No. 17, the Chargers almost had no choice but to choose the Florida State safety. James, one of the top-10 players in the entire draft, is a versatile defensive back that can play lockdown coverage and also come up to the line of scrimmage and lay big hits against the run. With the Chargers already having two of the top 15 corners in the league, adding James to the secondary makes the Bolts a scary team for any offense to face. Look for James to make an impact early and often in his career.
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Round 2, No. 48 overall: Uchenna Nwosu, LB
If the Chargers have a scary secondary, their pass rush is downright terrifying. The combination of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram terrorized opposing quarterbacks for most of last season until they were required to dial it back to assist in the run game, but they found a player that can fill that void. Nwosu, an All-American at USC, excelled during his final two seasons with the Trojans totaling 19 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. He is a proven pass rusher, but with the Bosa-Ingram combo, he will likely be utilized more for his impressive ability to maintain an edge against the run.
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Round 3, No. 84 overall: Justin Jones, DE
Jones provided NC State everything they needed: a consistent run stuffer who could draw attention and allow his teammates to rush the quarterback. Jones was able to show streaks of brilliance throughout his career, but his size and lack of any specialized abilities may hinder him. The Chargers defensive line consists of several veterans with expiring contracts so Jones will likely be used in a limited role his rookie year with hopes of becoming a prominent player in the future.
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Round 4, No. 119 overall: Kyzir White, S
Just like James, White is a versatile and aggressive safety that can both be a threat in coverage and creep into the box to play linebacker. His ability to recognize plays quickly and, often, make the correct read will allow him to compete for time early on while he adds onto his frame. White, the brother of former Chicago Bears first-round pick Kevin White, was also elected a captain his senior year at West Virginia, just two years after he transferred in.
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Round 5, No. 155 overall: Scott Quessenbery, C
A Southern California guy through and through, Quessenbery will likely have to wait some time until he gets the chance to make an impact for the Chargers. A product of UCLA from Carlsbad, California, Quessenbery spent time earlier in his career at guard before transitioning to center where he ended his time as a Bruin. Quessenbery is a strong pass protector, but struggles getting out in the open field as a run blocker. Watch for him to develop in the background and eventually make his way in to a starting role.
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Round 6, No. 191 overall: Dylan Cantrell, WR
The Chargers know a thing or two about sure-handed receivers and that's exactly what they're getting in Cantrell. Someone who won't create much separation using his speed-- Cantrell ran a 4.59 40-yd dash at the NFL Combine-- he uses his 6-foot-3 frame to its full advantage and rarely drops passes. Cantrell looks to follow in the footsteps of several other Texas Tech wide receivers who have proven their big numbers in college-- Cantrell caught 71 passes for 816 yards and seven touchdowns in 2017-- are due to their talent and not just the spread offense the Red Raiders run.
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Round 7, No. 251 overall: Justin Jackson, RB
When it comes to consistency, Jackson is the epitome of the player you're looking for. Northwestern's all-time leading rusher became just the ninth player all-time to rush for 1,000 yards each of his four years. However, his small frame and lack of lower body strength will make it difficult for him to be a consistent threat out of the backfield alongside Melvin Gordon. Jackson is going to have to put on a show in the preseason and training camp to fight for a roster spot, but worthy of a look in the seventh round.