LA Chargers: 4 early favorites to take with the 13th pick

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The LA Chargers have the 13th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The LA Chargers were as high as the fourth overall selection with only a month left to play in the 2020 NFL season. However, a four-game winning streak to end the season pushed the Chargers back to 13th in the order.

This is not a massive deal as the Chargers did not need a top-five selection and the best bet, if they were to finish in the top five, was to trade the pick down for more capital. They could still trade down from 13 but the return is not going to be quite the same.

A lot could change from now until the 2021 NFL Draft as teams get to interview these prospects and we have whatever version of the NFL Combine is safe to do so. As of right now, before any of that happens, there are four draft prospects who are the biggest favorites to be picked at 13.

4. Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

Spoiler alert: cornerback is the only position I could see the LA Chargers taking over the offensive line in the first round and I still do not think it would be a great idea. Of the cornerbacks in the draft, Jaycee Horn is likely going to be the best remaining when 13 rolls around.

Caleb Farley or Patrick Surtain would be excellent for the Bolts but one of them is guaranteed to go in the top 10 and I would be legitimately shocked if either slipped to 13. If so, I could see the Bolts simply taking the best player available, which would be one of these two.

Realistically, the best guy remaining will likely be Horn, who is still a very talented draft prospect but is not quite on that upper-elite tier that both Surtain and Farley are on. Horn has NFL size and speed and would instantly start for the Chargers out wide.

While I personally hate this strategy, I could see the Bolts drafting Horn if they cut Chris Harris or Casey Hayward and spend money in free agency on offensive linemen.

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