LA Chargers mock draft with Brandon Staley as the head coach

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(Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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With the 194th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Jaret Patterson, RB, Buffalo

I don’t love the idea of the Chargers drafting a running back but I think it is because the Joshua Kelley selection still leaves an ugly taste in my mouth. However, with Kelley being a letdown in year one and Justin Jackson only having one year under contract, and always being hurt, I could see the Chargers using one of two picks on a running back.

Patterson would be a good back to bring in as he won’t be pigeonholed into one role. He is a versatile back who mostly would be used in the passing game but can also carry the ball as an elusive back as well.

With the 202nd overall pick, the LA Chargers select Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa

There is nothing wrong with depth at the wide receiver position, especially with the injury history of Mike Williams, the inconsistency of Jalen Guyton and the not-that-great rookie season from K.J. Hill.

Smith-Marsette is not a prospect that stands out in any one area but he is elusive with solid route running and has sure hands. He did not have a great senior year, but has four years experience as a starter and is the best receiver available at this point.

With the 237th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Dicaprio Bootle, CB, Nebraska

The Chargers go with another cornerback with the last pick of this mock draft. Bootle is relatively small, especially for NFL standards, but he is a shifty corner who showed the ability to plan in man and zone coverages.

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Bootle would get all of his playing time in nickel and dime packages and can play both slot corner and safety. He is not someone to expect a whole lot out of, but his versatility at this point in the draft makes him valuable.