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Los Angeles Chargers: 4 UCLA and USC prospects that are great fits

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 23: Darnay Holmes #1 of the UCLA Bruins defends as Michael Pittman Jr. #6 of the USC Trojans makes a catch during the first half of a game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 23: Darnay Holmes #1 of the UCLA Bruins defends as Michael Pittman Jr. #6 of the USC Trojans makes a catch during the first half of a game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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Austin Jackson, OT, USC

  • Potential round: Second

Austin Jackson is someone who not only would be intriguing to take because of the hometown narrative but very well could be on the board for the 38th overall pick and be the best selection for the team to make.

Not just the best selection to make out of the USC and UCLA players, but the best selection to make overall. Jackson is right in that sweet spot where he could fall to the second round and be the perfect second round tackle for the Chargers to jump on.

The best-case scenario for Jackson is to go in the mid-first round with a late-first-round selection being the most likely. However, it would not be all that surprising to see him be an early sixth-round pick, slotting nicely with the Chargers.

Walter Football ranks Jackson as the fifth-best offensive tackle in this year’s draft class. The intriguing part about Jackson is that he is very gifted athletically and has all the physical make-up of an NFL offensive tackle with a massively high ceiling.

The potential concern with Jackson is that he would be too raw to produce highly for the Los Angeles Chargers and would need some coaching and development to get to that potential ceiling.

But hey, for a second-round pick, this would be a great way to bolster the offensive line.

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