Los Angeles Times

Chargers’ picks

- — Dan Woike


6 feet 1, 214 pounds, Miami, Round 4, Pick 113. Notable: One of 16 siblings, Jenkins is a former high school quarterbac­k who became a part of the lineage of safeties from Miami.

Why the Chargers drafted him: After spending their first three picks taking offensive players, the team finally addressed the other side of the ball. Heading into the draft, the Chargers were tied to safeties, and in Jenkins they get one who checks a lot of the physical boxes.

Last season: Jenkins had 76 tackles, 41⁄2 for a loss with 11⁄2 sacks. He intercepte­d two passes for the Hurricanes and broke up seven more. His ball skills could use work, but he showed the size, speed and strength to make him a solid mid-round selection.


5 -10, 201 pounds, Iowa, Round 5, Pick 151. Notable: Stayed in school after a great junior season, becoming a four-year fixture in the Iowa starting lineup, playing virtually every snap. Why the Chargers drafted him: Scouts have raved about King’s football instincts and smarts after spending so much time playing against top competitio­n in the Big Ten. He’ll transition to safety in the NFL, but he’s got plenty of experience playing cornerback.

Last season: King didn’t quite equal the eight intercepti­ons of his junior season, but he picked off three passes and broke up seven more as a senior. He also was good in the return game, averaging 27.8 yards on kickoffs and 10.2 on punts.

SAM TEVI, offensive tackle

6-5, 311 pounds, Utah, Round 6, Pick 190. Notable: Tevi is a converted defensive lineman and still learning how to play tackle at a high level.

Why the Chargers drafted him: The Chargers have added a lot of new blood to the offensive line, and Tevi has a chance to earn a place on the team at either right or left tackle. Of the first six picks, he has the lowest floor, but there’s a lot of room to grow. Last season: Tevi was a starter at Utah, which produced three other linemen drafted in 2017. He looked good at right tackle when an opportunit­y arose for him to move to that side. While inconsiste­nt, he impressed scouts with his feet and quickness.

ISAAC ROCHELL, defensive end

6-4, 280 pounds, Notre Dame, Round 7, Pick 225. Notable: Rochell, a captain at Notre Dame, has a brother who’s an offensive lineman at Air Force. Why the Chargers drafted him: While not a top-end athlete, Rochell is a big body who is physically capable of moving inside to defensive tackle in the team’s new 4-3 scheme.

Last season: Rochell had 56 tackles last year, providing dependabil­ity and durability up front for the Fighting Irish. Not an impact pass rusher, Rochell had just a single sack in each of the last two seasons. His best game came last year in the opener against Texas, when he had nine tackles, including 21⁄2 for losses.

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