LA Chargers mock draft: Trading down with Steelers to 24
By Jason Reed
With the 118th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina
I am not someone who thinks the LA Chargers will select a wide receiver in the 2021 NFL Draft. I think that is a position they will address next draft and for now will run with Mike Williams on his last year and trust in the young receivers in Tyron Johnson, Jalen Guyton, K.J. Hill and Joe Reed to provide depth.
However, I don’t mind taking a receiver whatsoever in this mock draft because of all the areas the team has already addressed by trading down. If they are going to take a receiver after the first three rounds it has to be with the fourth-round pick to get the biggest impact.
Dyami Brown would be a solid selection. A vertical threat in college, Brown is someone who is going to thrive at the next level in an air-it-out offense and the Chargers have one of the best deep-ball throwers in the league. He reminds me of Tyrell Williams as he can be the team’s vertical threat both out wide and in the slot.
I think he would be better than Guyton right away and could blossom into a legitimate replacement for Mike Williams.
With the 158th overall pick, the LA Chargers select LaBryan Ray, IDL, Alabama
The LA Chargers reach a tad with LaBryan Ray but he likely would not be available with the team’s next pick and he provides something that the team needs: a run-stuffer at defensive tackle.
Whether the team plays ina 3-4 or 4-3 front, the Chargers need more traditional run-stuffing nose tackles. Jerry Tillery is terrible against the run and the team’s only real run-stuffer is Linval Joseph, who is in the last year of his deal and is not getting any younger.
Ray is not someone who is going to be an every-down player for the Chargers but as the second defensive tackle/the other defensive end (in a 3-4 scheme), he can provide valuable snaps in running downs.