Chargers take DB Craig Mager in third round of draft

After taking a running back in the first round and a linebacker in the second, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco stayed on defense in the third round, taking Texas State cornerback Craig Mager (5’11, 201 lbs) at pick No. 83.

Mager, who started 46 of 48 career games, was named Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference with three interceptions and 10 passes broken up in 2014. He started all four years at Texas and is described by scouts as a “quick-twitch athlete who loves to hit and plays with burst.” His instincts are described as “average,” according to a scouting report on NFL.com, which also says Mager allows too much separation in space and doesn’t carry deep speed.

Toughness is a part of Mager’s game and his physicality — and affinity for tackling — is such that he said he wouldn’t mind playing safety at the NFL level. He played special teams in college and has enough punt return experience to give the position a try at the next level, Telesco said.

In high school, Mager’s mother passed away from a hospital-administered overdose of medicine for a headache, and as a result, he took on a parental role to his siblings — an intangible that may contribute to the way he plays his game.

Mager will join starters Brandon Flowers — who received a four-year, $36 million contract this offseason — and Jason Verrett, who the Chargers drafted in the first round last year, as well as Patrick Robinson and Steve Williams, among others corners currently on the roster.

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