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

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(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

With the 113th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Drake Jackson, C, Kentucky

I have selected Drake Jackson in several LA Chargers mock drafts thus far and I will continue to do so every time he is available. I love the idea of the Bolts taking him in the early fourth round as he should be a starting-caliber center right out of college that slips because of his lack of versatility.

He is not projected to be an elite center right away, but for a team that does not really have a traditional center (and will probably lose Dan Feeney), it makes a lot of sense to draft Jackson.

With the 152nd overall pick, the LA Chargers select Monty Rice, LB, Georgia

The LA Chargers should look to add linebacker depth this offseason, especially with Denzel Perryman being a free agent. While it is silly to expect too much out of a fifth-round pick, I do think that this would be a great selection by the team this late in the draft.

Rice is rather one dimension in his game, as he is best used in pass coverage, which is what the Chargers need. The team has the hard-nosed traditional inside linebacker in Kenneth Murray and getting Rice to add depth alongside Kyzir White and company would be good for the defense.

With the 159th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Tre’ McKitty, TE, Georgia

Hunter Henry is a free agent this offseason but should be re-signed. Virgil Green may retire after this season and we actually saw promising signs out of Donald Parham and Stephen Anderson in Week 16 in Henry’s absence.

That should not change the fact that the Chargers should add tight end depth moving forward. Tre’ McKitty is a good enough route runner to be a second or third passing option at tight end but is a really solid run blocker, which makes him a good option to replace Green in this offense.