With the 187th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the LA Chargers select Cary Angeline, TE, North Carolina State
Both Hunter Henry and Virgil Green are free agents after this season. I do think the Chargers bring Henry back but the team should still select a tight end to fill out the position.
The team already has one massive red zone target in Donald Parham and they would be getting another in Cary Angeline, who is six-foot-seven. Angeline is not the most dynamic route runner but he does have sure hands and is a better blocker than any other tight end available this late in the draft.
With the 203rd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the LA Chargers select Riley Patterson, K, Memphis
Yep, the LA Chargers select a kicker with the pick that they received for Desmond King, and rightfully so. Michael Badgley has not been good this season and there are not very many good options available in free agency.
Thus, the Chargers use the extra pick on arguably the best kicker in college football. Patterson has missed eight of his 11 attempts this season, but that should not been overly concerning. He made 23 of 25 attempts last season while making 65 of 66 extra-points. More importantly, he has a big leg.
He was 5-6 from 50 yards out last season and has a career-long of 56 yards. They probably could get him in the seventh round but they pick him here just to be safe.
With the 231st overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the LA Chargers select Nykeim Johnson, WR, Syracuse
There are several options with this pick but we went with a senior in Nykeim Johnson from Syracuse. The main emphasis on this seventh-round selection is to get someone who can return punts, that is it.
Johnson is a shifty slot receiver that could come in if he shows a lot in practice but his main job will be as a punt returner. Right now, the team has Joe Reed returning kickoffs and K.J. Hill returning punts. Hill has not been that great of a punt returner.
The Chargers should give Hill some competition with Johnson, who is averaging 12.9 yards per punt return this season.