After a stellar career at Texas State, an impressive combine event and pro day, Craig Mager's name started going up draft boards. On Friday night, the San Diego Chargers used the 83rd overall pick to select the former TXST DB.

(Courtesy of Texas State Athletics)

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State cornerback Craig Mager was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday Night. Mager was the 83rd overall player taken in the Draft and is the earliest selection of a Bobcat since Bobby Watkins was taken by the Detroit Lions in the second round of 1982 NFL Draft. He is the first Bobcat player chosen in the Draft since Fred Evans was selected in 2006.

Mager was a four-year starter who started each of Texas State’s 48 games throughout the past four seasons. He ended his career with 211 tackles and set a school record with 47 pass deflections. He also intercepted eight passes and returned 15 punts for 251 yards and a touchdown.

Mager was a 2014 All-Sun Belt Conference Second-Team selection by a panel of SBC coaches and selected media. He also was chosen All-SBC First Team by College Sports Madness and Second Team by Phil Steele.

Earlier this year, Mager became the first Bobcat to play in the 90th Annual East-West Shrine All-Star Game on Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Last season, he recorded 63 tackles, including 46 solo stops and 6.0 tackles for loss of 23 yards as a senior. He also recorded two quarterback sacks against Idaho and led the Sun Belt Conference with 13 passes defended and 10 pass breakups. His 10 breakups set a school record. Mager tied for ninth among SBC leaders with three interceptions and averaged 12.3 yards on 10 punt returns.

He tallied a season-high 12 tackles, two quarterback sacks and returned a punt for a season-best 43 yards against Idaho, earning him SBC Player of the Week honors. Mager also opened the season with a 35-yard return against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He set a school record for the longest punt return in school history with a 79-yard return against New Mexico State in 2012.

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