The Chargers strongly explored moving up in the draft but ultimately didn't have to when one of the classes' elite pass rushers fell into their lap at No. 18. South Carolina's Melvin Ingram (above) is a terrific all-around athlete and a natural pass rusher, something the Chargers will want considering that Peyton Manning is in the division. San Diego continued to address their defense with high-effort defensive tackle Kendall Reyes (who'll slide outside in the Chargers' 3-4 scheme) and heady safety Brandon Taylor. With star Antonio Gates struggling with durability in recent years, the Chargers may have found their seam-busting threat of the future with Louisiana-Lafayette's Ladarius Green as their most intriguing pick of the third day. Physical, battle-tested offensive linemen David Molk (Michigan) and Johnnie Troutman (Penn State) rounded out a strong draft that served as the icing on the cake for an impressive offseason by general manager A.J. Smith and the San Diego Chargers.
Jake Roth, US PRESSWIRE