Eric Williams breaks down the Los Angeles Chargers' 2017 draft class.
Round 1, No. 7 overall: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
My take: At 6-foot-4 and 218 pounds, Williams fits the mold of a prototypical receiver Philip Rivers likes to target. A big-bodied receiver with a wide catch radius, Williams is particularly good at winning contested catches, which should serve him well at the next level. Keenan Allen is the team’s No. 1 receiver, but he’s coming off ACL surgery that forced him to miss most of the 2016 campaign. Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin also missed time with injuries last season, so Williams adds depth and young talent to a position of need.
Wide receiver U: Williams became the third receiver from Clemson taken in the top 10 in the common draft era, joining Jerry Butler (No. 5 in 1979) and Sammy Watkins (No. 4 in 2014). Williams was targeted an ACC-high 145 times in 2016, totaling 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns. Other Clemson receivers currently in the NFL include Martavis Bryant, DeAndre Hopkins and Charone Peake.
Playing big in big games: Williams elevated his game in the biggest moment of the college season. He finished the national championship game with eight receptions for 94 yards and a score in a come-from-behind win over Alabama. In three seasons at Clemson, Williams totaled 177 receptions for 2,727 yards and 21 touchdowns over 42 games.
Round 2, No. 38: Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
My take: Lamp should come in and compete for a starting job at guard for the Chargers. At 6-foot-4 and 309 pounds, Lamp is stout at the line of scrimmage but also athletic enough to play tackle at the next level, so he offers the Chargers versatility. It’s a solid pick for the Chargers, as Lamp fills a position of need and should help keep quarterback Philip Rivers upright in 2017.
How he fits: Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said he will have an open competition at center and both guard positions during offseason work and in training camp. During workouts open to reporters this week, Matt Slauson worked with the starters at left guard, with Spencer Pulley at center and Kenny Wiggins at right guard. Lynn and general manager Tom Telesco said last year’s third-round selection, center Max Tuerk, also will be given an opportunity to compete for a starting job, and now Lamp steps into the mix for a starting role in the Chargers’ interior offensive line.
Round 3, No. 71: Dan Feeney, OL, Indiana
My take: Telesco continued to bolster the offensive line with the addition of Feeney, a cerebral and polished player who started four years at Indiana. Lynn wants to run the football more, and Feeney should help in that area. Although Melvin Gordon found more running room in 2016, the Chargers still averaged just 3.8 yards per rush as a team, No. 25 in the NFL.
How he fits: Lynn said Feeney and second-rounder Lamp will both start as guards but have the versatility to move out and play tackle if needed. They will compete for time with the players at offensive line already on the roster.
Round 4, No. 113: Rayshawn Jenkins, FS, Miami
My take: On the final day of the draft, the Chargers finally take a developmental safety prospect in Miami product Rayshawn Jenkins. An All-ACC selection during his final season with the Hurricanes, Jenkins totaled 76 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups during the 2016 season. At 6-foot-1 and 214 pounds, Jenkins is a thumper and adds size to the back end of the Chargers’ defense.
How he fits: Jenkins will compete for time in sub packages defensively and on special teams for the Chargers. And he also adds some versatility, with an ability to play free safety and also close to the line of scrimmage as an in-the-box defender.
Round 5, No. 151: Desmond King, DB, Iowa
My take: After selecting a hard-hitting safety in Rayshawn Jenkins in the fourth round, the Chargers came back and took one of the more cerebral defensive backs in this year’s draft. King’s strength is versatility. At 5-foot-10 and 201 pounds, King played both corner and safety at Iowa, finishing with 14 career interceptions.
How he fits: Like Jenkins, King is someone who could find his way on the field in sub packages defensively. And he also has shown ability as a returner. The Chargers are looking for a starting nickel defender, and King could compete for that job, along with Trovon Reed and Trevor Williams.
Round 6, No. 190: Sam Tevi, OT, Utah
My take: The Chargers selected their third offensive lineman in this draft in Tevi, who started at right and left tackle during his time with the Utes. The Chargers signed veteran left tackle Russell Okung to a lucrative deal in free agency but need to develop younger talent at the tackle position.
How he fits: Tevi probably will compete for a spot at the back end of the roster as a swing tackle. The Chargers already have someone who can serve in that role in Chris Hairston, along with younger players such as Tyreek Burwell and Tyler Johnstone. Tevi will face an uphill battle to earn a roster spot.
Round 7, No. 225: Isaac Rochell, DE, Notre Dame
My take: The Chargers need more depth up front on defense, and Isaac Rochell could serve as a versatile defensive lineman who could play a couple of different positions. A team captain at Notre Dame his senior season, Rochell finished his career with 82 tackles -- including 21 for loss -- and 4.5 sacks in 41 games played.
How he fits: The only defensive lineman the Chargers selected in this year's draft, Rochell projects as a base defensive end on early downs who can kick inside and rush the passer from the interior on third down. At 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, Rochell has decent speed and overall physical tools that could improve as a late-round developmental prospect.