Chargers Mock Drafts

LA Chargers mock draft: Letting the computer be the general manager

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Joe Tryon #9 of the Washington Huskies reads the California Golden Bears offense during the game at Husky Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Joe Tryon #9 of the Washington Huskies reads the California Golden Bears offense during the game at Husky Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

With the 199th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Carlo Kemp, IDL, Michigan

See, this is a position that the LA Chargers should take ahead of taking a running back. The team is really thin at the interior defensive end position if they switch to a 3-4 defense as Jerry Tillery is really bad against the run.

The team is also kind of thin at defensive tackle as well. Linval Joseph and Tillery could be a fine pairing if Tillery finally plays like a first-round pick but his problems against the run still exist and the team needs depth at the position.

Kemp could slide into either a 4-3 defense or 3-4 defense as he is a fairly decent run defender. However, that is not going to instantly translate for a sixth-round pick and I would rather see the team select LaBryan Ray or Bobby Brown (both interior defensive linemen) in the fifth round.

Computer Grade: C+

With the 207th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Christian Uphoff, S, Illinois State

This is a project pick and is exactly what the Chargers should be aiming for with a pick this late, especially after reaching for running back. Christian Uphoff is an explosive athlete with NFL size. He is a sure tackler and has his holes in pass coverage that would likely get exposed at the NFL-level.

However, that size, explosiveness and tackling ability make him someone who could make a difference on day one in special teams. Even if he never blossoms into a legitimate defensive option, the impact he could have on a shoddy special teams unit is worth it.

A potential pick with a floor that still helps the team. That is good drafting.

Computer grade: B+

With the 235th overall pick, the LA Charger select Quintin Morris, TE, Bowling Green

This is another solid value pick for the LA Chargers. Quintin Morris is not going to receive tight end playing time anytime soon but he has potential as a developmental prospect that could eventually become a pass-catching redzone option.

Morris is good enough in the passing game to eventually showcase his potential with a more advanced route tree at the NFL level. At the very least, Morris is someone who showcased a consistent blocking prowess, which is important for a depth tight end.

Not only is it important for a depth tight end, but it is important for special teams blocking as well. This is very similar to the Uphoff pick, although I think Morris has a better chance of turning into more than a special teams player.

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Computer grade: A-

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