Chargers’ Day 3 picks include Rayshawn Jenkins, Desmond King – Orange County Register

On Day 3 of the 2017 NFL draft, the Chargers selected safety Rayshawn Jenkins, defensive back Desmond King, offensive tackle Sam Tevi and defensive lineman Isaac Rochell. Here’s a quick look at the new players.



Pick: Fourth round, No. 113 overall.

Position: Safety

Height, weight: 6-1, 214

The skinny: An All-ACC selection as a senior, Jenkins was a three-year starter at Miami who racked up eight interceptions and 116 tackles over that span. Doesn’t shy away from contact over the middle. He’s also one of 17 siblings.

The fit: Many mock drafts had the Chargers selecting a safety at No. 7 overall, but they instead opted for offense through the first three rounds. Jenkins gives them additional depth, and Gus Bradley told the Miami product that he’ll likely play the box safety that the Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor once filled in the same scheme.

The concerns: He has good size for a safety, but isn’t quite as big as Chancellor (6-3, 225). He also might be more limited to run support than as someone who can make plays on the ball. Had back surgery in 2014 to repair a herniated disc.

The quote: “Fits the mold, the traits that Gus is looking for in the defense at that position. A physical hitter and tackler.” — Chargers general manager Tom Telesco



Pick: Fifth round, No. 151 overall

Position: Defensive back

Height, weight: 5-10, 201

The skinny: King won the Jim Thorpe Award as college football’s top defensive back in 2015. That season, his eight interceptions tied for second-most in the country, and helped the Hawkeyes to their first Rose Bowl appearance since 1991. He also recorded 1,458 yards on kickoff returns over the final half of his college career.

The fit: King is slated to begin his Chargers’ career at nickel, one of the weaker areas of a secondary that has two Pro Bowlers on the outside in Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward. Even if he doesn’t immediately earn significant defensive snaps, he…

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