Chargers Draft

LA Chargers quarterly mock draft: Bolts trade back, have 11 total picks

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 03: Samuel Cosmi #52 of the Texas Longhorns takes the field in the fourth quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 03, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 03: Samuel Cosmi #52 of the Texas Longhorns takes the field in the fourth quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 03, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers end up with 11 total selections in our quarterly 2021 mock draft.

Every four games of the 2020 NFL season we have conducted a 2021 mock draft for the LA Chargers, who continue to climb up the draft order. Right now, the Bolts currently own the fourth pick in the draft.

Using The Draft Network‘s Mock Draft Simulator we put together a mock draft with the Chargers trading down in the first round. The trade is with the Atlanta Falcons with the following terms:

The Chargers are not getting Penei Sewell anyway so it makes more sense for the team to trade down and get extra picks. The Falcons, needing defensive help, can trade up to four to get Gregory Rousseau or Micah Parsons.

In 2019 the Jets traded three second-round picks to move up to three to draft Darnold. This price is fair and rightfully less as the Falcons are not trading into a top-three pick for a QB.

So who do the Chargers select with the eighth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft?

With the eighth overall pick, the LA Chargers select Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

The LA Chargers need offensive line help. It might be sexier to draft an edge rusher or a cornerback but the fact of the matter is that this offensive line is bad and the team’s priority needs to be to protect Justin Herbert.

Sam Tevi, Dan Feeney, Forrest Lamp, Mike Pouncey, Ryan Groy and Tyree St. Louis will be free agents. Naturally, some of these guys will be re-signed, but the Chargers need depth and need a culture change at the position.

They get that in Samuel Cosmi, who is one of the best tackle prospects in the draft that would instantly start at left tackle for the Chargers. This would allow the team to re-sign the improved Tevi to be the main backup option at tackle behind Cosmi or Bulaga.

It is the move that has to be made. Tom Telesco has only taken one offensive lineman in the first round during his tenure as the Chargers’ general manager and it shows.

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