With the 37th pick, the LA Chargers select…
Austin Jackson makes a lot of sense in the second round for the Chargers. The Chargers are going to have Bryan Bulaga play right tackle. Drafting a natural left tackle is the right thing to do here. It’s not a really bad idea to convert a right tackle to left or vice versa, but the best draft prospects tend to remain on the side of the line they played in college.
Jackson has a lot of power at the point of attack and excels in run protection. He’s a fairly polished left tackle prospect with a lot of athleticism. His ceiling as a pro could be around where Tyron Smith is. He’ll have to get a little better at climbing off the offensive line for that, but he reminds me quite a bit of him coming out of college in terms of style of play.
The Chargers do believe in Trey Pipkins at left tackle over the long term, but it’s never bad to bring in more offensive tackles to compete. It’s also worth noting that Trenton Scott was tendered and will be on a one year contract. Even with signing Bulaga, the Chargers are very thin at offensive tackle at the moment. Injuries have hit the Chargers hard in recent years, so the team should add as much talent and depth to the unit as possible.
With their second-round pick, the Chargers get a great prospect with terrific swing ability who’s quick off the ball. His body positioning is also solid.