Round 2, Pick 37: OT Austin Jackson, USC
One of the players that stays from my last mock draft is Austin Jackson. He was also taken in the second round last time. The LA Chargers have a need at offensive tackle, and it gets filled with the best tackle in the second round here.
The need for a tackle increased over the last week when the Chargers traded Russell Okung for Trai Turner. It’s still one of Telesco’s best moves of his tenure here, but Turner solidifies the guard spot as opposed to tackle. Whether it’s through free agency or the draft, the Chargers have to boost the tackle spot here.
Jackson has the swing ability that the Chargers need to protect the quarterback. His pad level and ability to push vertically are perfect for him to be right tackle on the team. Jackson could have the potential to push Trenton Scott and Sam Tevi to play better as well.
With more offensive tackles through free agency and the draft, a competition can be formed for one of them to be pushed off the team, given their poor performances last year.
Here, James Campen gets a new weapon to play with on his new offensive line. Whoever the new quarterback ends up being in 2020 will need protection, as well future rookie Love or Herbert. Power and run protection are something the Chargers need on the line, pronto.
Round 3, Pick 71: CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
Zone coverage is Bryce Hall‘s specialty. It’s primarily what was run at Virginia. It’s also what the Chargers have struggled with in recent years. Everyone remembers the end of the Chargers 2018 season when they struggled with it against the Patriots in the playoffs. It also could’ve been better in 2019, all things considered.
Hall could’ve boosted his stock at the combine higher, but he decided to only do the bench press. Skipping the 40-yard dash isn’t going to help your draft stock, but it may help teams that could be able to wait now for later in the draft.
In my last mock draft, Pride was the player taken at corner in the fifth round. His stock has boosted to the third based off of a great combine, but for that value, teams may be hesitant. If the Chargers have to move to an earlier round to take a corner, Hall is better in coverage even if not as athletic.
Hall is great at turning his head on a swivel and making a play on the ball. He’s also a really, really good tackler. The Chargers need someone to be a more long term answer to pair with Casey Hayward, and barring Michael Davis having some unexpected development next year, Hall is the guy for the job. His talent in zone schemes brings a lot to the secondary.