Chargers Draft

Quarterly 2021 LA Chargers Mock Draft: Bolts take pair of Buckeyes

PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 16: Shaun Wade #24 of the Ohio State Buckeyes intercepts a pass intended for Bo Melton #18 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the first quarter at SHI Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 16: Shaun Wade #24 of the Ohio State Buckeyes intercepts a pass intended for Bo Melton #18 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the first quarter at SHI Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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(Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

With the 76th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Trey Smith, G, Tennessee

Trey Smith is ahead of Josh Myers on certain big boards and is someone who could easily go in the second round of the draft. However, in our mock draft, he fell to the third round and was impossible to pass up.

Smith is such a talented guard and the addition of both he and Myers would instantly be huge for the Chargers. It would not only give the Bolts much-needed depth, but would also give the team even more long-term options to replace someone such as Trai Turner, who is a free agent after 2021.

This is not the only pick that the Chargers have in the third round, though. The team got a compensatory pick for Philip Rivers signing with the Indianapolis Colts.

With the 96th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State

Personally, I think the LA Chargers will re-sign Hunter Henry over Melvin Ingram and before the year I always viewed it as a one-or-the-other situation. However, Henry might simply cost too much while Ingram could be a cheaper, short-term option.

Regardless, with their second pick in the third round, the LA Chargers select Charlie Kolar, who I personally really like as a pass-catching tight end out of Iowa State.

Kolar is a bit slim but is six-foot-six and has some of the surest hands in college football. Kolar has nine receptions for 93 yards in two games this season and had 697 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 2019.

Even if Henry is retained, Kolar could be an excellent second tight end to bring in behind Henry if Virgil Green leaves (which is likely).

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