SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The San Diego Chargers drafted Darius Philon, a tackle from Arkansas, Saturday in the sixth round of the draft, concluding the Chargers draft.
UPDATE: Saturday, 1:32 p.m. SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers selected North Dakota State linebacker Kyle Emanuel on Saturday in the fifth round of the NFL draft, 153rd overall.
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Emanuel had 19 1-2 sacks last year and would fit at outside in the Chargers' 3-4 alignment.
Emanuel, the Missouri Valley's defensive player of the year, made 16 1-2 tackles for losses and 10 sacks in eight games against top 25 opponents.
The Chargers sent their fourth-rounder to San Francisco as part of the deal to move up Thursday and take Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon with the 15th pick overall.
UPDATE: Saturday, 7:24 a.m.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers will have some long waits during the final day of the NFL draft.
They have only two picks on Saturday, in the fifth and sixth rounds.
"We can go play some golf tomorrow morning before we hit it," general manager Tom Telesco cracked.
The Chargers sent their fourth-rounder to San Francisco as part of the deal to move up Thursday and take Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon with the 15th pick overall. They traded their seventh-rounder to Dallas in 2013 for defensive lineman Sean Lissemore.
"You always look back: What have we done with those other picks?" Telesco said. "The players we've gotten, we're really happy with, so, we've got to make our picks work."
UPDATE: Friday, 10:30 p.m.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Chargers picked linebacker Denzel Perryman of Miami in the second round of the NFL draft Friday, giving them a prototypical thumper against the run. In the third round, the Chargers took Texas State cornerback Craig Mager. He was the first Bobcat to play in the East-West Shrine Game and made an impression with scouts by doing well covering bigger receivers. He is 5-foot-11, 190 pounds.
"They're both very physical players," coach Mike McCoy said.
While the Chargers could still use a pass rusher, general manager Tom Telesco said Perryman and Mager "fit the characteristics we're looking for. I think they make us a better football team."
Perryman was the leading or second-leading tackler for the Hurricanes all four years at Miami. He's projected as an inside linebacker in San Diego's 3-4 scheme.
He had 110 tackles last season after recording 108 in 2013. He had two sacks and forced three fumbles last year.
Perryman is only six feet tall and said he's played with a chip on his shoulder because many people consider him undersized.
"With my style of play, with my explosiveness, if we meet in the hole, the running back's going backward," he said. "If I get there, it's not going to be pretty."
The selection of Perryman with the 48th pick overall could be a challenge to inside linebacker Donald Butler, who had a subpar 2014 season after signing a long-term deal.
Perryman was a third-team All-America selection.
"When I first started playing football, my dad always taught me, whatever you touch, knock it down. That's always my mindset."
When Perryman was a sophomore, the Hurricanes lost to Notre Dame, whose star linebacker, Manti Te'o, is entering his third season with the Chargers.
"Watching that guy play in college, I know his game," Perryman said. "He has excelled from that point up to now. It's going to be good playing next to another great linebacker."
Earlier Friday, the Chargers introduced their first-round pick, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon.
"He has a unique style, ability and talent that I think is a great asset for our offense," Telesco said.
"He's one of those players that whether you see him play live or see him on tape and you're taking notes and describing what you're seeing, a lot of times you write, 'wow' on your sheet and underline it. When you write it down three or four times in a game, it usually means you've got a pretty special player on your hands."
Gordon said he met quarterback Philip Rivers and center Chris Watt, although he forgot Watt's name. "I'm bad with names. I better learn that quick," he said.
Gordon said Rivers told him he was "excited to have me here, excited to get me rolling. We've got a good team on our hands and he's looking forward to seeing what I can do."
Gordon described himself as a slasher.
"I feel like I fit well in this offense," he said.
UPDATE: Friday, 8:15 p.m.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Chargers have selected Texas State cornerback Craig Mager in the third round of the NFL draft.
Mager became the first Bobcat to play in the East-West Shrine Game and made an impression with scouts by doing well covering bigger receivers. He is 5-foot-11, 190 pounds.
Mager was one of two Texas State players invited to the combine. He was a 2014 All-Sun Belt Conference second-team. He had 63 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks last season.
By John Howard - CBS News 8 Sports Anchor/Reporter
The 2nd round pick of Denzel Perryman from the University of Miami looks to be one of bargain versus need.
The Chargers defensive needs are at nose tackle and edge rushers to replace Jarret Johnson and Dwight Freeney.
Perryman is an inside linebacker, so Tom Telesco and crew must have felt Perryman had slipped down the draft board and couldn't be passed on. Scouting reports have him as a smash-mouth, hard-hitting, lunch pail badass.
That's the type of linebacker I like to have on my team.
The Chargers have just 3 picks remaining in the draft.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - After spending big to get running back Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin, the San Diego Chargers will have only four more picks during the last two days of the NFL draft.
The Chargers traded with San Francisco to move up two spots in the first round to get Gordon at No. 15. It cost their first- and fourth-round picks this year and their fifth-round pick next year.
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That leaves the Chargers with picks in the second, third, fifth and sixth rounds. They traded their seventh-rounder to Dallas in 2013 for defensive lineman Sean Lissemore.
The Chargers still need a pass rusher, a defensive lineman, an offensive lineman and a wide receiver.
The NFL Draft will continue with Rounds 2 through 3 happening on Friday at 4pm PDT while Rounds 4-7 will take place on Saturday.
UPDATE: Thursday, 9:45 p.m.
By John Howard - CBS News 8 Sports Anchor/Reporter
Was it wise for the Chargers to trade away a 4th round pick this year and 5th round pick next year to move up two spots and take running back Melvin Gordon?
Like every other pick this year (and in the past 50 years) we will have the answer two or three years from now.
It seems clear the Chargers made this trade so that a team selecting after them didn't leap frog them by making a similar trade. The 49ers and Texans were due to select 15 and 16 before the Chargers at 17.
I have a hard time believing that Houston would select Gordon since they have Arian Foster on their roster, and while San Francisco might have a need at running back, they knew they could still get the player they sought at 17 (they took DT Arik Armstead of Oregon), stock pile picks and get a running back later this weekend in a draft that is deep in that position.
Losing their 4th round pick, the Chargers will draft just 5 players this week.
That is drawing criticism from the scribes and complaints from the fans; but figuring you're doing well if four draftees turn into serious NFL players, the Chargers can still have an impactful, successful draft if they choose wisely. We will learn if they do/did no later than 2017.
UPDATE: Thursday, 7:05 p.m.
By Kyle Kraska - CBS News 8 Sports Director
The San Diego Chargers made a trade and got their man. No, not Marcus Mariota and no, they didn't trade Philip Rivers.
Instead, the Bolts traded their #17 overall pick and their 4th round pick this year along with a 5th rounder next year to San Francisco. In exchange they landed the #15 overall NFL draft pick and selected RB Melvin Gordon out of Wisconsin.
It's always a risk to take a running back in the early rounds based on durability and longevity, but Gordon can make an immediate impact.
This pick does two things right away: it gives the Chargers a power running attack and it takes a lot of pressure off of Philip Rivers.
Wisconsin has had an excellent run on running backs over time, most recently Montee Ball and James White. But Gordon, one of three Heisman Trophy finalists last season, has the natural talent to be the best NFL running back the Badgers' program has ever produced. Gordon was already thought of as a borderline first-round pick entering the 2014 season, and then steadily built on his resume as he finished second in FBS history with 427 rushing yards - 41 yards shy of Barry Sanders' record set in 1998.
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Chargers Fans, here's what you need to know in advance of the 2015 NFL Draft. First of all, QB Philip Rivers isn't going anywhere. There have been widespread rumors that he could be traded to Tennessee in exchange for the #2 overall pick so the Chargers could select Heisman Trophy winner, Marcus Mariota, but that's not happening. GM Tom Telesco told me so on Friday and I believe him.
The Chargers will likely stay put and pick 17th overall. If you listen to those who call themselves draft experts it seems like a lock that the Bolts will choose a running back. I agree that there is a real need at that position and a decent back should have a solid offensive line to run behind. The two popular choices are Todd Gurley out of Georgia and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin. First off, I'm not sure Gurley will still be available. Secondly, I'm generally not a fan of taking a running back in the first round.
That being said, I'd love to see the Chargers solidify that O-line by taking a stud right tackle and moving D.J. Fluker to right guard. With that kind of beef up front, even I might be able to rush for a thousand yards.
Other needs include another pass-rusher and depth and wide receiver. The Chargers only have six picks in this draft, so Telesco best use them wisely. Enjoy the draft and watch for live reports from Chicago and Chargers Park on CBS 8.
UPDATE: Thursday, 1:42 pm
By John Howard - CBS News 8 Sports Anchor/Reporter
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - With the draft slated to start shortly after 5:00pm we should know by 5:30 if the Chargers are involved in a blockbuster trade with Tennessee for the #2 overall pick. Personally, I don't see it happening.
Barring "an offer they can't refuse" the Chargers will move forward with Phillip Rivers, who they have under contract for this season and can keep him here for 2016 by slapping the franchise tag on him. In the meantime, look for the Chargers to take a quarterback in the draft this season with the thought of grooming him under Rivers for two years just as Rivers was groomed under Brees. If the Chargers don't lock up Rivers in a long-term deal in 2016, they have their replacement in place for 2017.
Assuming there is no big blockbuster trade, the Chargers will still have the 17th pick tonight. I foresee them using that to take the best available running back (possibly Todd Gurley of Georgia) or the best available pass rusher (possibly Randy Gregory of Nebraska)
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Chargers have six selections in this year's NFL Draft, including the 17th overall choice in Round 1. The Chargers also have one pick each in Rounds two through six.The 2015 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 30 – May 2 and will take place in Chicago. It will be covered and televised by ESPN.
Round 1 will begin at 5pm PDT Thursday. Rounds 2 through 3 will happen on Friday while Rounds 4-7 will take place on Saturday.
During a press conference at Chargers Park earlier this month San Diego Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco addressed draft rumors of a possible trade with quarterback Philip Rivers.
Telesco hit on Rivers' future with the team by saying:
"Philip's our quarterback and it's our plan and intent that he's our quarterback well into the future. In all my discussions with him, he's shown a great amount of respect for his teammates and a great amount of respect for this organization. He's been here every day working extremely hard, working with his teammates, being the leader that he is. That we've all come to know him for. I know he's really excited about this season, as are we. And, you know, we move from there."
When pressed on the issued, Telesco added, "I've been crystal clear on our plan…he is our quarterback."
Rivers has said that he will play out his current contract rather than agreeing to an extension with the Chargers.