Los Angeles Chargers: Post-Senior Bowl 7-Round mock draft

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Round 6, Pick 17 (177): Austin Corbett, C, Nevada

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Most draft pundits have center higher on the Chargers’ priorities than the sixth round. My question is, why? The Bolts have Lamp and Slauson returning from injury and both of them are talented interior lineman. They also have last year’s starter, Spencer Pulley, who showed a lot as the middle man of a line that allowed the fewest sacks in the league.

That said, I think taking a flyer on another versatile interior lineman that has the size and body to be an NFL center is worth it at this point. Austin Corbett played all along the line at Nevada, but his best home in the NFL looks to be in the interior somewhere, most likely at center. Telesco has always shown he prefers lineman who are versatile, so he grabs another one here.

Round 7: Jordan Akins, TE, Central Florida

ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: Jordan Akins
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: Jordan Akins /

While the Chargers’ original pick was conditionally traded to the Buffalo Bills for Cardale Jones, the Bolts also should receive a conditional pick from the Chicago Bears for Dontrelle Inman.

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The official order of the draft has not been released. Therefore, I will just pick as if the Chargers have a single pick in the final round.

Los Angeles doubles down and selects another 2017 collegiate national champion, this time from Scott Frost’s 13-0 UCF squad.

Jordan Akins is a receiving tight end and will need to work on his blocking, but I think he has the physical tools to be a secondary tight end option. With Antonio Gates’ future and the depth behind Hunter Henry in question, I think the Bolts should take a flyer on the smooth pass catcher out of Orlando.