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Mock Draft Tracker 8.0

With the San Diego Chargers picking third in the 2016 NFL Draft, here are the most recent players selected number three overall.

In order to serve all Chargers fans, Chargers.com has compiled a list of who some top draft pundits are projecting the Bolts will select with the third pick in the draft.

Following a pair of blockbuster trades that saw the Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns catapult into the top two selections, many notable pundits have updated their mock drafts since our last edition. 

ESPN's Mel Kiper:  OT Laremy Tunsil – Ole Miss

What he says: "When I put together this draft before the trade between the Rams and Titans, I had Tunsil off the board at No. 1. In this new scenario, the quarterbacks go in the first two slots, and the Chargers win big. This could be the exact scenario in the real draft. Great player, exactly where you need him."

ESPN's Todd McShay:  CB/S Jalen Ramsey – Florida State

What he says: "Protecting Philip Rivers would seem like the bigger priority, so Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley are distinct possibilities. But I keep hearing Ramsey. Is he a safety? Is he a corner? I don't really care. One of the best pure football players in this class, Ramsey is a true difference-maker. The Chargers have a need at safety, which he could fill, while also contributing as a corner."

MMQB's Robert Klemko:  OT Laremy Tunsil – Ole Miss

What he says: "San Diego hits the lottery with a left tackle who can step in and replace King Dunlap on Day 1. In a world that doesn't revolve around quarterbacks, either Tunsil or Florida State's Jalen Ramsey is the No. 1 overall pick. Ramsey would be extremely tempting here; if the pick is Tunsil, expect GM Tom Telesco to spend the rest of the draft making his defensive coaches happy. Here's another scenario: The two trades now provide certainty that both Tunsil and Ramsey will be available at 3. This raises the value of the third pick and necessarily the likelihood the Chargers will deal it to a team that loves Tunsil or Ramsey."

FOX Sports' Pete Schrager:  DE Joey Bosa – Ohio State

What he says: "And we start with the big surprise at three. Bosa's all ball, and any question marks off the field will be addressed by whatever team takes him. I believe San Diego likes Bosa more than Jalen Ramsey and DeForest Buckner — my pick for them in the previous mock draft — at the moment."

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah:  OT Laremy Tunsil – Ole Miss

What he says: "I think Tunsil will end up in this spot, but I'm not certain the Chargers will be the team making the pick."

NFL.com's Charles Davis:  CB/S Jalen Ramsey – Florida State

What he says: "Ramsey is perhaps the best overall athlete in the draft. He could be used as a CB, S, and nickel defender. Many envision him as the "Eric Weddle" replacement as a playmaker."

NFL.com's Charley Casserly:  OT Laremy Tunsil – Ole Miss

What he says: "Both starting tackles -- King Dunlap and Joe Barksdale -- are signed. But Tunsil is a future Pro Bowl player."

CBSSports.com's Will Brinson:  OT Laremy Tunsil – Ole Miss

What he says: "What a win for the Bolts, who sat on their hands and landed a franchise left tackle without having to do anything. With the Cowboys openly infatuated with Jalen Ramsey, they've got a lot of leverage too."

CBSSports.com's Rob Rang:  CB/S Jalen Ramsey – Florida State

What he says: "Highly regarded left tackle prospect Laremy Tunsil would make a lot of sense for the Chargers, but the club has already dedicated a lot of money to its offensive line, albeit with disappointing results. Instead of adding the talented (but oft-injured) Tunsil to a unit already struggling with durability, the Chargers fill another key need, boosting the size and athleticism of their secondary with the versatile Ramsey."

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco:  OT Laremy Tunsil – Ole Miss

What he says: "They end up with the best lineman in the draft. Philip Rivers will be happy.."

CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler:  OT Laremy Tunsil – Ole Miss

What he says: "With Tunsil available, the Chargers have a chance to help stabilize their offensive line or go after a stud on defense. With Philip Rivers in the final years of his career, San Diego needs to protect him at all costs."

Pro Football Focus' Sam Monson:  DE DeForest Buckner – Oregon

What he says: "I think Buckner may be the best player in the draft, and I'd easily take him No. 1 overall. With the QBs going 1-2, San Diego adds some real impact to their D-line and gets a whole lot better."

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed above represent those of individual authors and do not represent the opinions or policies of the Chargers' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives.

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