SAN DIEGO -- With several possible directions they can take, the Chargers are scheduled to pick third Thursday in the National Football League draft in Chicago.
The teams selecting ahead of the Chargers -- the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles -- both traded up and are expected to choose quarterbacks Jared Goff of Cal and Carson Wentz of North Dakota State, though the order remains a mystery.
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That would leave the Chargers -- set at quarterback for a few more years with Philip Rivers -- with their pick of the collegiate litter.
General manager Tom Telesco could decide to shore up an ineffective offensive line by selecting tackles Ronnie Stanley of Notre Dame or Laremy Tunsil of Mississippi, or strengthen the pass rush by taking either DeForest Buckner of Oregon or Joey Bosa of Ohio State.
Also a possibility is Jalen Ramsey, a defensive back from Florida State who is projected to shine at cornerback or safety.
Telesco's other option would be to trade out of the No. 3 spot, thereby obtaining established players or accumulating more draft picks from another team.
The Chargers have invited season ticket holders to join them for a draft day party beginning at 4 p.m. at SeaWorld San Diego. Fans will watch the first round at Shamu Stadium.
Rounds two and three are Friday, with the last three rounds Saturday. The Chargers are also scheduled to host a DraftFest Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium.