LA Chargers land Christian Darrisaw in February 2021 mock draft
With the 47th pick, the LA Chargers select…
With tackle addressed in the first round, there are a couple of ways the Chargers could go in the second. Corner and edge are somewhat pressing needs, but interior line sticks out the most whenever I use The Draft Network’s machine. In this simulation I ran, Wyatt Davis, Creed Humphrey, and Landon Dickerson were available.
Davis is a interior offensive lineman that’s able to play in any scheme. He’ll quickly get into the groove of a starting role. Unlike the guards and tackles that come later in the draft, he’s not a project.
The functional strength and powerful hands of Davis stop opposing defensive linemen in their tracks. Maybe NFL GM’s will nitpick with the length of his arms, but that doesn’t matter to me:
Wyatt Davis; 52 RG for @OhioStateFB might be the best OG in college football the first 6 weeks of the season. Got one off the ground here. pic.twitter.com/6GgmkwRCgu
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) October 7, 2019
It’s hard to say whether Davis will actually be on the board by the time the actual draft rolls around. If he is, Tom Telesco should run to the podium to secure the dominant, unanimous All-American lineman.
With the 77th pick, the LA Chargers select…
After the Chargers get some offensive line help in the draft, I’d rank cornerback and EDGE as the next most pressing needs. Melvin Ingram probably won’t be back and I don’t necessarily trust Uchenna Nwosu or Jerry Tillery (if he’s converted to DE) to carry the load for a full season.
This could radically change after free agency if the Chargers sign a big splash like Leonard Floyd, Von Miller, J.J. Watt, Leonard Williams, etc. But for the time being, they absolutely need some more firepower to pair with Joey Bosa.
Payton Turner is an incredibly hard working answer to any potential defensive end questions. Turner was formally a two star Houston recruit that worked his way into becoming a second day prospect. He had all of the proper physical attributes already. It was simply about putting into practice.
Houston played just five games due to the pandemic in 2020. Turner had five sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in that period. Both were career highs for him despite playing less than half the games he usually plays.
I don’t even think he’s anywhere close to his full potential and yet he still put up those full numbers. If an NFL team refines his burst off the line of scrimmage or his body positioning (in regards to leverage), he could become scary to block against.
With the 97th pick, the LA Chargers select…
The cornerback position for the Chargers is in a bit of a weird place when it comes to a transitional period. Casey Hayward is a possible cut while Michael Davis is developing into one of the quality young corners of the league. Davis is due for a new contract though and it’s not a guarantee that he returns to Los Angeles.
Even if the Chargers do end up running the 2020 group of Hayward, Davis, and Chris Harris back, they still have to draft a corner. Hayward and Harris may not be back in 2022 and they’d be going on 33 anyway.
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Syracuse corner Trill (Atrilleon) Williams is a perfect prospect for the future of the cornerback position. He could develop into being the CB2 along with Davis rather quickly. Williams was really great at taking the opposing team’s top receiver out of the game. He’s got the length and speed that NFL coaches love. Frankly, it’s like someone made a clone of Davis in terms of his build. 6’2″, 200 pounds, freakishly fast.
I’ve mentioned versatility with a lot of draft prospects as something that draws me towards them, but that’s especially true with Williams. At Syracuse, he played slot corner, wide corner, and safety. That’s especially appealing for a 3-4 Brandon Staley scheme where there will be lots of movement and role switching.
The present hangs in the balance with the 2021 fates of Davis and Hayward to be decided next month, but the Chargers nab a future corner here.