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 Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

With the 114th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Palaie Gaoteote, LB, USC

The LA Chargers have a really solid linebacker group when healthy and that has not been the case this year. Both Drue Tranquill and Nick Vigil are hurt, hurting the depth of the position.

Denzel Perryman and Vigil are both free agents after the season and the Chargers are likely going to need some depth. Hometown prospect Palaie Gaoteote would be a great option for depth that would fit this team perfectly.

Gaotete is very athletic and has shown capabilities in both run defense and in coverage. While he is a bit raw as a prospect, he has the athleticism and the intangibles to be a depth backer that can perform in any role.

With the 153rd overall pick, the LA Chargers select Taquon Graham, DL, Texas

Taquon Graham would provide the depth defensive line depth whether or not the team decides to bring Melvin Ingram back in the fold. What makes Graham such an intriguing prospect is the fact that he can play both on the edge and at defensive tackle, helping both as an edge rusher if needed as well as depth for the defensive tackles.

He is not someone who is going to reinvent the Chargers’ defensive line, but his ability to provide depth in both areas makes him very valuable as a late-round selection.

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