Stumbling Bolts have 5 of 1st 89 picks in draft

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Like Smith, Turner thinks the Chargers can get better through this draft thanks to the five picks in the first three rounds.

“I think if you’re talking about if you only had the one or a one and a two, then we’ve got to get this position or this need,” Turner said. “But having the extra picks gives you flexibility. It’s pretty wide open. You can take a guy you like and then fill a need in the second round.”

Turner said an impact player doesn’t necessarily have to be on defense.

“There are lot of good football players, then there are the guys that jump out and make game-changing type plays,” Turner said. “Most people associate that with defense. You want to have as many players like that on your team as you can. If you can add those type of guys, you’ll get a lot better. That’s really the approach we’re taking. You could take a guy that rushes the passer and puts pressure on the quarterback, or maybe a linebacker who’s a great cover guy, or maybe a receiver, a deep guy.”

With no collective bargaining agreement, the uncertainty extends all the way to wide receiver Vincent Jackson. The Chargers placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson, who missed the first 10 games last season in a nasty contract dispute. But no one knows if a new CBA will contain franchise tags.

In addition to the first-round pick, the Chargers have two picks in the second (Nos. 50 and 61) and third (Nos. 82 and 89) rounds. They acquired the additional second-round pick from the New York Jets for Antonio Cromartie and the additional third-round choice from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.

The Chargers have two sixth-round picks and one in the seventh, including two compensatory selections that cannot be traded. The Chargers do not have picks in the fourth or fifth rounds as a result of draft day trades in 2010. They traded their 2011 seventh-round pick to Dallas for wide receiver Patrick Crayton in September.

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