SAN DIEGO (CNS/CBS 8) - With the third overall pick, the Chargers selected Ohio State DE Joey Bosa Thursday in the National Football League draft in Chicago.
At 6' 5" tall and weighing 269 lbs, Bosa entered the draft as a junior at Ohio State. He registered 47 tackles and 5 sacks with 1 interception in 2015 playing in the Big Ten Conference. He was awarded the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.
Bosa was one of five Ohio State players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
The teams selecting ahead of the Chargers - the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles - both traded up and chose quarterbacks Jared Goff of Cal and Carson Wentz of North Dakota State, respectively.
The Chargers are set at quarterback for a few more years with Philip Rivers and had their pick of the collegiate litter after the first and second selections were predicted to go to QB's.
General manager Tom Telesco decided not to trade out the No. 3 spot thereby obtaining established players or accumulating more draft picks from another team.
Telesco had a chance to shore up an ineffective offensive line by selecting other prospects like tackles Ronnie Stanley of Notre Dame or Laremy Tunsil of Missiissippi. Tunsil took a major draft tumble after a pair of damaging posts to his social media accounts were posted minutes before the start of the draft.
Telesco opted on strengthening the pass rush by taking Bosa. The Chargers have had a need to boost the defensive line since Jamal Williams left in 2009.