LA Chargers mock draft after falling to 12th overall pick: Trading down further

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(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

With the 44th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

The LA Chargers need secondary help and they get it in the second round with Georgia’s Tyson Campell. Campbell was one of several cornerbacks available with this selection, but I believe he has the highest upside and is the most exciting pick.

Campbell is an outside corner through and through. He has the size, length and athleticism of an outside corner. He has decent ball skills and is a solid man-coverage defender. Campbell is a tad bit raw and he may get burned by NFL quarterbacks who look him off, but I do not think that is as big of an issue as others with the level of competition he faces in the SEC.

Chris Harris and Casey Hayward are both on the chopping block this offseason. The Chargers could save a lot of salary cap space with either player and with many roster decisions to make, I would not be shocked at all if both are cut.

I think Hayward is more likely. While he got his first interception of the season in Week 16, he has not been good and has been a liability at times at outside corner. Harris certainly has not been perfect, but he has been good enough as the slot corner and the Chargers would not save as much space.

Relying on a rookie in Campbell and (hopefully) Michael Davis to be the two outside corners is scary, but he cannot be much worse than Hayward.