The San Diego Chargers used their five draft picks on Saturday to bolster their linebacking corps, as well as add a backfield running mate for Melvin Gordon.
The most notable pick was fullback Derek Watt, the brother of Houston Texans’ superstar defensive lineman JJ Watt, and former teammate of Gordon at University of Wisconsin, who the Bolts took with pick no. 198 in the sixth round.
The additon of Watt may be an attempt to help Gordon feel more comfortable in the backfield, as he struggled last year as a rookie.
In his final year at Wisconsin, Gordon accumulated 2587 yards and 29 touchdowns behind Watt’s blocking, and the Chargers will be hoping the duo can produce a similar output in 2016.
In addition to Watt, the Bolts snagged two linebackers in Joshua Perry from Ohio State and Jatavis Brown from Akron, in the fourth and fifth rounds, respectively.
The Chargers also picked up punter Drew Kaser in the sixth round, to replace veteran Mike Scifres, who they released shortly after drafting Kaser.
The Bolts ended their 2016 NFL Draft with the selection of offensive guard Donavon Clark, who split time between right tackle and right guard for Michigan State University in 2015.
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