Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: A Justin Herbert-centric seven-round mock draft

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during warm ups before the game against the New England Patriots at SoFi Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during warm ups before the game against the New England Patriots at SoFi Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

With the 69th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Deonte Brown, IOL, Alabama

That is three picks in a row in which we address the offensive line and rightfully so. The offensive line has been among the league’s worst for years now and if the team wants to change that they need to draft heavy at the position this year.

Deonte Brown would be an excellent addition that could compete for the starting left guard position and could even be the starting right guard if the team cuts Trai Turner to save some salary cap space.

Brown falls on the draft board as he is not as versatile as some other interior offensive lineman and won’t be able to man the center position. However, that is what Humphrey is for, making the selection of Brown a no-brainer.

With the 97th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Hunter Long, TE, Boston College

I normally would not select a tight end in the third round of a mock draft but in this Justin Herbert-centric mock I am. Whether or not Hunter Henry re-signs, the team does need to add to the tight end position in the 2021 NFL Draft, I just normally would save that for later.

This (or the team’s fourth-round pick) is the last real chance to get an impact tight end and I bit the bullet and picked him a little bit early to make sure I got him. Hunter Long is a solid tight end prospect who is an above-average route runner and blocker.

I would not say he is elite in either category but he is one of the few tight end prospects that is solid in both areas, which is what the Chargers need.

Then the Chargers would have a tight end tandem of Hunters that would be hunting for the football. That is marketing 101 at its finest.

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