Chargers second-round pick: Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
Drafting the two-year starter for the Auburn Tigers was a no brainer in this simulation. If the Chargers go with a quarterback of the future in round one, they absolutely need to address the offensive line in round two.
Wanogho was clearly the best option here. The six-foot-seven left tackle has started every game for the Tigers the last two seasons and has dominated. He has continued that level of play this season.
In this case, the Chargers could have some positional versatility and line him up on the right side for the first few seasons since Russell Okung is still on the team. If Trey Pipkins can develop in the fashion that we are all hoping, this could give the Chargers a very talented and young duo of tackles for the next decade.
The Nigerian native has all the physical tools a team could want of a potential left tackle, which is echoed by The Draft Network’s scouting report:
“He fits the prototypical build for an NFL offensive tackle — it’s quickly apparent that he’s got requisite length to play on the edge and that he often does well to utilize his hands and throw hands to extend to ride out pass rusher on the edge. He excels in the phone booth when he’s in tight quarters, he’s got great natural power and ability to uproot defensive linemen and create bubbles for ball carriers who get down hill and fall in line behind him. He’s a big ball of clay — a relatively new football player who has plenty of room to grow further into a more developed player.” – Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network
As is the case with Pipkins, the Chargers would have to ensure they are doing their best to continue to develop his raw talent but the potential of a franchise cornerstone type player is there. He has repeatedly shown the ability to control the game with his physicality and he would immediately bolster the Chargers offensive line group. LSU has one of the best defensive front sevens in the country and Wanogho absolutely dominated in that game, as seen below.
*Gets first rep of K'Lavon Chaisson vs Prince Tega Wanogho* (LT)
— Dalton Miller (@DaltonBMiller) October 27, 2019
If the Chargers decided to draft an offensive lineman in the first round instead of a quarterback, they could have their pick of the day two quarterbacks in Jake Fromm, Jalen Hurts or Jordan Love at this juncture in the draft.
This could also be a good spot to take a high ceiling corner or wide receiver. Other potential offensive tackles besides Wanogho included Alaric Jackson of Iowa, Lucas Niang of TCU, and Austin Jackson of USC.
The Chargers have options but Wanogho likely has the highest ceiling of them all.