LA Chargers mock draft: Trading down from the 13th pick

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(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

With the 83rd overall pick, the LA Chargers select Elijah Molden, CB, Washington

The LA Chargers need help in the secondary and they get that in someone who could start right away in Elijah Molden. Molden is one of the more exciting prospects in this draft class and is arguably the best slot corner in the entire draft.

Slot corner might not seem like a need with Chris Harris but the position was still bad last season and Harris is old and has one more year under contract. If you can get a player like Molden at this point in the draft, with the extra picks, then you do it.

Molden is someone who projects to be a well-above-average slot corner that slips on the draft board because he is pigeonholed to the inside. This is a tremendous value for the Chargers.

WIth the 98th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Tyler Shelvin, NT, LSU

Tyler Shelvin would be an ideal nose tackle in a 3-4 defense and would be someone who adds more versatility to the Chargers’ defensive line. Shelvin does not project to be a pass-rushing menacing but he has elite run defense skills that should really help the Chargers in stopping the run.

He gives the team someone to take over for Linval Joseph in the future as well as run interesting looks with the defense. Joseph is capable of lining up at the other defensive end position in running downs in a 3-4 defense, giving the Chargers an interesting defensive dynamic than just forcing Jerry Tillery to get exposed against the run.