Every draft is important for an NFL franchise, but this 2013 draft seems even more so for the San Diego Chargers and new general manager Tom Telesco. The previous regime under AJ Smith left gaping holes along the offensive line and a lack of depth in several positions. How Telesco uses the team’s seven picks will be an indicator of future success, not just in 2013, but in the years to come.
But how close or how far away are the Bolts from the playoffs? The previously mentioned lack of depth is a real concern, and usually, late-round draft picks are expected to be backups and special teams contributors.
For players selected in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds of this year’s draft, they may have to contribute sooner rather than later.
The following players should be available when San Diego is on the clock for the No. 145 pick (fifth round), the No. 179 pick (sixth round) and the No. 221 pick (seventh round).