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Los Angeles Chargers end of season mock draft

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Isaiah Simmons #18 of the Clemson Tigers at the Carrier Dome on September 14, 2019 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Isaiah Simmons #18 of the Clemson Tigers at the Carrier Dome on September 14, 2019 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 28: Isaiah Simmons #11 of the Clemson Tigers is congratulated by his teammates after an interception against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019, in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 28: Isaiah Simmons #11 of the Clemson Tigers is congratulated by his teammates after an interception against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019, in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Chargers first-round selection: Isaiah Simmons, linebacker, Clemson

Don’t even think about complaining. Just do not. There are multiple reasons this makes sense. First off, he is not just a linebacker. He is a safety, he is a linebacker, he is a corner, he is an edge. In other words, he is a Charger.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Simmons might be the best defensive player in this draft, including Chase Young. Add in the rumors that he runs a 4.31 40-yard dash at the size he is, and I’m sold.

With the regression of Desmond King this season, and the question mark at linebacker continuing, this pick would be what the Chargers desperately need. A playmaker. Not a solid guy, not a good run stuffer, but a playmaker. Drue Tranquill has been a nice surprise, but he is not anywhere near the level of Simmons.

Now, just imagine Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram rushing the passer, and then picture Derwin James, Isaiah Simmons, and Nasir Adderley patrolling the backfield. As a quarterback, you have no idea which one might be sent on a blitz, which one might drop back, which one will attack the flats.

Add in King hopefully having a bounce-back year, and… I’m getting a bit excited. Time to move on.

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