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Six Potential Draft Targets to Watch at the Combine

The San Diego Chargers never tip their hand when it comes to prospects they are interested in selecting.

However, that doesn't stop draft pundits from weighing in on whom they may pick.

Here are six players to watch at this week's combine that various commentators and experts believe the Chargers may target with the third overall pick.

  1. DE Joe Bosa  –The Ohio State product has long been considered one of the top prospects in this year's draft class.  Named this year's Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, many consider his sophomore season in 2014 to be his most impressive campaign when he led the Buckeyes to a national title.  Bosa led the conference with 13.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss as he was a unanimous All-American pick, won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award and was named a finalist for the Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy, and Ted Hendricks Award.  While he played defensive end in a 4-3 front for the Buckeyes, many wonder if he would stay as a defensive lineman or move to outside linebacker should he be drafted by a team deploying a 3-4 defense.
  1. DE DeForest Buckner – A 6-7, 281-pound force up front, the Oregon defensive lineman's star is shining bright heading into the Combine.  The reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year showed flashes over his career with the Ducks, and put them all together for a masterful 2015 campaign.  Buckner totaled 83 tackles and 17 tackles for loss while leading the conference with 10.5 sacks.  Many pundits believe he will best wreak havoc as a 3-4 DE or DT with a skillset that will translate seamlessly at the next level.
  1. OLB Myles Jack – Despite suffering a knee injury three games into his junior season at UCLA that will prevent him from participating in Indianapolis, Jack remains one of the most promising prospects in the draft.  Extremely athletic with explosive playmaking ability, he has the raw ability to make plays all over the field.  Jack also boasts unique versatility,  as his natural gifts allowed him to star at running back as well as linebacker as a freshman in 2013 when he was named the Pac-12's Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year.
  1. CB/S Jalen Ramsey – Perhaps no one has higher expectations heading into the Combine than the Florida State star who boasts Olympic level athleticism.  Capable of playing cornerback as well as safety, Ramsey dominated from day one becoming the first Seminole to start at cornerback as a freshman since Deion Sanders 30 years earlier. With impressive size at 6-1, 211-pounds to go along with world class athleticism, some pundits believe paring him with Pro Bowler Jason Verrett would give the Bolts one of the best young secondaries in the NFL.
  1. OT Ronnie Stanley– Many thought Stanley would be a top pick in the 2015 draft before the tackle opted to return to Notre Dame for his senior season. Praised for impressive foot quickness and strong technique, scouts also rave about his football IQ and composure under pressure. Stanley is considered a safe bet to make an impact right away as a rookie as he excels in pass protection and routinely springs big runs with his blocks in open space.
  1. OT Laremy Tunsil – Tunsil has been one of the most talked about prospects in recent weeks, with many projecting him to be the first overall selection despite missing seven games in 2015. Praised for his elite athleticism and impressive technique, he shut down some of the game's top pass rushers while anchoring Ole Miss' offensive line. Tunsil is also a commanding run blocker who punishes defenders.

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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