1. Jaycee Horn
Jaycee Horn is gaining a lot of buzz to be the LA Chargers’ first-round pick in 2021 and at this point, I think this is the direction the team is going to go. While I personally disagree and would much rather see the team take an offensive tackle, Horn does feel like the most likely pick.
This does not mean that I am low on Horn. Horn entered the draft process as the CB3 but you could make a legitimate case for him being, at worst, the second best corner in this draft. Horn could be really exciting to watch in Brandon Staley’s defense.
The Chargers have primarily spent on the offensive line and have not spent much on defense, which indicates to me that the team may be gearing up to go heavy on the defensive side of the football in the draft and hope that someone such as Dillon Radunz falls to the secod round to start at tackle.
While there are still good corner options in round two, such as Asante Samuel Jr, the Chargers do not have a number one corner and did not make a move to add any depth to cornerback. Michael Davis is really talented, but he would need to take a step up to be a legitimate CB1 next season, hence the need to draft someone who can be the team’s CB1 as he blossoms.
This is a big risk to take. The difference between the tackle the Chargers could get in round two versus round one is larger than the difference between the cornerback that the Chargers could get in round two versus ronud one.
But at the end of the day, Tom Telesco has not drafted an offensive lineman in the first round since 2013. That trend could continue.