LA Chargers Mock Draft while trading down with the Atlanta Falcons

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(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

With the 71st overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the LA Chargers select: Prince Tega Wanagho, OT, Auburn

Prince Tega Wanagho is one of the offensive tackles that instantly jumped off the draft board on my first evaluation. He is not a first-round talent and is not as polished as the elite tackles in this class, but he is someone who has a tremendously high ceiling that could be an absolute steal in the third round, and it is likely that he will be a late-second/early-third pick.

Wanagho has NFL tackle size and strength. He used that strength to overcome less skilled edge rushers for Auburn. He is 6’5″, 308 pounds and is built to be a long-term tackle in the NFL.

The one drawback of Wanagho is that his mechanics are not as well off as they otherwise would be as he was a latecomer to the sport of football. However, that is also what makes him a great fit on the Chargers.

The Chargers don’t necessarily need someone who is going to come in and make a huge difference right away. They already made their additions with Trai Turner and Bryan Bulaga and at left tackle, the team has promising second-year player Trey Pipkins as well as a promising XFL signing in Storm Norton.

There certainly is risk involved in banking on these players but there is also some security to give Wanagho some time to work out the kinks and eventually take over the starting job when he is ready.

I would not draft Wanagho with the team’s third pick in the draft. However, with the trade down, I take the risk and go with the guy who has a higher ceiling at this point.