Round 1, No. 28 overall: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
My take: With just three defensive tackles on the roster, the Chargers filled the team's most obvious need by selecting the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Tillery. Chargers GM Tom Telesco said he likes Tillery's length, athleticism and ability as an interior pass-rusher, which should help defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram get to the quarterback more often. Telesco said Tillery was the last player left on his team's board with a first-round grade when the Chargers selected at No. 28.
Tillery's health a concern: Tillery suffered a torn labrum in a shoulder during his final season at Notre Dame that required surgery. However, Tillery said his rehab is ahead of schedule and he's hopeful the injury will heal in time for him to participate in training camp at the end of July. "I"ve been told four months from March 6, when I had my surgery, I'll be cleared for full contact," Tillery said.
Fighting Irish teammates reunited: Tillery will see a familiar face in the defensive line room, joining defensive end Isaac Rochell, his former teammate at Notre Dame, now in his third season with the Bolts. Tillery said he spoke with Rochell after he learned the Chargers selected him at No. 28. "He told me what the defensive line room is like, how he's looking forward to playing with me, how good this team is and how close we are," Tillery said. "I think we can win a Super Bowl together."
Round 2, No. 60 overall: Nasir Adderley, CB, Delaware
My take: The Chargers released free safety Jahleel Addae, who played out of position last season, in March. To fill that void, the Chargers selected Adderley to pair with last year's rookie sensation, strong safety Derwin James, giving the Chargers one of the better safety tandems in the AFC West. The cousin of Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Herb Adderley, Nasir Adderley led Delaware with four interceptions and seven pass breakups in 2018, along with 87 tackles in 12 starts.
Round 3, No. 91 overall: Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux Falls
My take: The Chargers wait until the third round to fill one of the team's top needs along the offensive line with Pipkins from Division II University of Sioux Falls. At 6-foot-6 and 309 pounds, the Chargers got an up-close look at Pipkins at the East-West Shrine game. He projects as a developmental prospect that will likely need some seasoning from offensive line coach Pat Meyer to see time on game days.
Round 4, No. 130 overall: Drue Tranquill, ILB, Notre Dame
My take: The Chargers lost special-teams linebacker Kyle Emanuel to retirement earlier this year, so Tranquill could be a potential replacement who can also fill in as a back end of the roster at linebacker. Tranquill arrived at Notre Dame as a safety, but bulked up to move inside. At 6-2 and 235 pounds, Tranquill is an athletic linebacker who can run and cover.
Round 5, No. 166 overall: Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State
My take: The Chargers picked a quarterback in the draft for the first time since 2013 with the selection of Stick in the fifth round. Stick had big shoes to fill in college, replacing Carson Wentz for the Bison. He lived up to those lofty expectations, leading North Dakota State to FCS titles in two of his three seasons as a starter. At 6-1 and 224 pounds, Stick is a pretty good athlete, running the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds at the combine.
Round 6, No. 200 overall: Emeke Egbule, DE, Houston
My take: At 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds, Egbule projects as a "Leo" defensive end in Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley's scheme as a designated pass-rusher who can create pressure off the edge. Egbule finished with two sacks and 69 combined tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss, in his final season with the Cougars.
Round 7, No. 242 overall: Cortez Broughton, DT, Cincinnati
My take: At 6-2 and 293 pounds, Broughton totaled 51 combined tackles, leading the Bearcats with 17.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in his final season at Cincinnati, earning AAC first-team all-conference honors. Broughton projects as a 3-technique defensive tackle for the Chargers.