Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Complete mock draft with the Lions taking a quarterback

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 13: Clyde Edwards-Helaire #22 of the LSU Tigers runs the ball against the Clemson Tigersduring the College Football Playoff National Championship held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 13: Clyde Edwards-Helaire #22 of the LSU Tigers runs the ball against the Clemson Tigersduring the College Football Playoff National Championship held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

With the 37th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the LA Chargers select: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

Many Charger fans might expect the team to select an offensive tackle with this pick after drafting a quarterback in round one. While that is plausible, there are two reasons why we did not go with a tackle in this round.

First is that there were not many great fits for the selection. There were second-round tackles available, but it would have been reaching as the players that were left ended up being taken at the end of the second round.

Second is that the Chargers might not be as bad at tackle as fans may think. They added Bryan Bulaga to play right tackle, have Trey Pipkins, who showed potential, to compete for left tackle and recently signed XFL’s Storm Norton, who was the highest-graded offensive lineman in the XFL’s short season.

Instead, the team addresses its need at the cornerback position with A.J. Terrell, who would be a great fit stylistically with the Chargers. Terrell is best in man and press coverage out wide, which is exactly what the team needs.

He has the athleticism and long, slender frame to make plays on the ball and would be a great rookie CB2 to play out wide alongside Casey Hayward with Chris Harris in the slot. His one biggest flaw is that he does not have ball-hawking tendencies, which is fine with who the team has around him in the defense and where is he going to play.

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