SAN DIEGO -- With just five selections left in this year’s draft, it might be difficult for San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco to fill the rest of the needs his team has on the roster.
But Telesco said that was the risk he had to take by sending San Diego’s first- and fourth-round picks this year and fifth-round pick next year to the San Francisco 49ers in order to move up two spots and select running back Melvin Gordon at No. 15.
“You don’t like to give up picks, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do to get an impact player,” Telesco said.
The Chargers have the No. 48 overall selection in the second round and No. 83 in the third round.
With no fourth-round selection, San Diego will select at No. 153 in the fifth round and No. 192 in the sixth round. The Chargers do not have a seventh-round pick because they gave it to the Dallas Cowboys in a trade for Sean Lissemore five years ago.
But don’t expect the Chargers to stand pat. They can trade players to secure more picks (Eric Weddle?) or move down in order to secure some extra selections.
“We’ve got to make the picks work," Telesco said. “And it’s still early in the draft, so maybe we can accumulate a couple more. We’ll see.”
Here are some players the Chargers could target in Day 2.
Jaelen Strong, 6-2, 217 pounds, Arizona State: Chargers receivers coach Fred Graves worked out Strong at his pro day. He’s a big, physical receiver who fits the prototype Philip Rivers likes to throw to in San Diego’s scheme.
Devin Smith, 6-0, 196 pounds, Ohio State: All the speedy Smith does is score touchdowns. He would give the Chargers another vertical threat on the perimeter.
Tyler Lockett, 5-10, 178 pounds, Kansas State: He’s one of the best returners available in the draft. Lockett also is a polished route runner who can make plays after the catch.
Tre Jackson, 6-4, 330 pounds, Florida State: Chargers offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris worked Jackson out during his pro day. Reportedly has a knee issue.
T.J. Clemmings, 6-5, 309 pounds, Pittsburgh: An athletic but raw prospect still learning the position.
Randy Gregory, 6-5, 235 pounds, Nebraska: One of the best pure pass-rushers in the draft, a failed drug test for marijuana dropped Gregory down the draft board. He took a pre-draft visit to San Diego.
Eli Harold, 6-3, 247 pounds, Virginia: Harold is another athletic pass-rusher who can run.
Eddie Goldman, 6-4, 336, Florida State: Goldman would fill San Diego’s need for more run-stuffers up front.
Owamagbe Odighizuwa, 6-3, 267, UCLA: The Chargers worked him out at his pro day. He projects as more of an outside linebacker in John Pagano’s scheme, but could be used as a rush end on passing downs.