Second-round option: Patrick Queen, LSU
There are two late-first round/early-second round linebackers from LSU that could fall to the Chargers. K’Lavon Chaisson has a slight edge over his teammate, Patrick Queen, in terms of value heading into the draft.
However, even if both are available for the Chargers in the second round, it is the latter, not the former, that would be a better fit in Los Angeles.
Chaisson is an elite pass-rushing outside linebacker prospect that would thrive in a 3-4 defensive scheme as a pass-rushing backer that sometimes would drop back into coverage. Queen is more of an asset in the running game and pass coverage, as he can cover the field immensely with his speed and was a well-above-average in pass coverage for his position.
The Chargers do not need someone who can get to the quarterback and instead need someone who can help the running attack while being a reliable pass-coverage option in the middle of the field. That is Queen’s strong suit, making him a perfect fit in Los Angeles.
Ironically enough, Zierlein compares Queen to Thomas Davis, which on paper, only strengthens the connection to the Chargers.
If the Chargers have already found their quarterback and also found a left tackle, whether it be with the sixth pick or in free agency, then Queen might be the best-case scenario for the second round.