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Los Angeles Chargers end of season mock draft

By Jason Balliet II
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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LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 16: Ezra Cleveland #76 of the Boise State Broncos runs on the field before the start of the Las Vegas Bowl against the Oregon Ducks at Sam Boyd Stadium on December 16, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State won 38-28. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 16: Ezra Cleveland #76 of the Boise State Broncos runs on the field before the start of the Las Vegas Bowl against the Oregon Ducks at Sam Boyd Stadium on December 16, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State won 38-28. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images) /

Los Angeles Chargers fifth-round selection: Ezra Cleveland, offensive tackle, Boise State

Another tackle? What is going on here? Now, some may think Interior offensive line is the move after the Wilson pick, but that’s kind of what I am going for here. Ezra Cleveland has the athleticism to move inside to guard if necessary.

With Forrest Lamp frequently injured, Dan Feeney struggling, and Michael Schofield entering free agency, this might be necessary.

Cleveland is one of the more athletic tackles in this draft class and works very well in space when he is asked to pull or get to the second level. Cleveland is listed at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds, which might be a bit much for an interior OL, but that athleticism makes up for it.

Cleveland will greatly complement the running style of Justin Jackson and Austin Ekeler with that pulling action and zone blocking he excels at.

Cleveland needs some refinement in his technique as a pass protector, but his physical traits give you something to work with. You’re probably looking at Cleveland sitting for a year, with Lamp/Feeney and Schofield being the primary guys in 2020.

The versatility to swap between tackle and guard will most likely ensure Cleveland has a roster spot.

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