Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Mock Draft with Tua Tagovailoa falling to pick 6

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass against the New Mexico State Aggies in the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass against the New Mexico State Aggies in the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Round 3, Pick 71: LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State

There has been ample turnover at the linebacker position for the Bolts. They let go of veteran Thomas Davis, who has since signed with Washington to reunite with Head Coach Ron Rivera.

Other linebackers to sign elsewhere include Jatavis Brown and special teamer Nick Dzubnar. The team did try to combat the losses with the signings of Nick Vigil and Malik Jefferson, but I still believe there is a void to be filled.

It could be argued that this position could be addressed later in the draft, but I believe that Davis-Gaither is too good to pass on at this point. He fits the role perfectly: an undersized but very versatile athlete that is not afraid of contact. He plays sideline-to-sideline and can keep up with both running backs and tight ends.

The Appalachian State product could definitely take over the role that recently departed Adrian Phillips played, especially if the rumors that the team could move Desmond King are true. Having a player of this style could make it a smooth transition.

All in all, this selection would provide excellent depth for a young linebacker corps. Davis-Gaither would have an opportunity to be a solid contributor on special teams as well, considering the losses of several players that include Adrian Phillips and Derek Watt.

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