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LA Chargers mock draft: Bolts reinvent defense for Brandon Staley

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 30: Defensive Lineman Quincy Roche #55 from Miami of the American Team during the 2021 Resse's Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium on the campus of the University of South Alabama on January 30, 2021 in Mobile, Alabama. The National Team defeated the American Team 27-24. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 30: Defensive Lineman Quincy Roche #55 from Miami of the American Team during the 2021 Resse's Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium on the campus of the University of South Alabama on January 30, 2021 in Mobile, Alabama. The National Team defeated the American Team 27-24. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

With the 185th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Khyiris Tonga, DL, BYU

The LA Chargers’ front seven still needs some help, particularly at nose tackle. The Chargers have options at the position but it is still not a great outlook for the team.

Justin Jones is a serviceable rotational defensive tackle, Jerry Tillery has shown flashes in pass rush but is still terrible against the run and Linval Joseph is the most well-rounded but is on the wrong side of 30 and only has one more year left under contract.

The Chargers are not going to find anyone to replace Joseph this late in the draft but they can get a brute in the middle that can at least help against the run. That is exactly what the team gets in Khyiris Tonga.

He is not the most exciting nose tackle, but he is someone who is playable in different situations as he can use his strength to get to the quarterback as well.

With the 198th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Rached Wildgoose Jr, CB Wisconsin

This is a pick that I usually would be completely against as Wildgoose has injury history and only played two games this past season as a result. However, his physical traits are very exciting and the ceiling of what the Chargers could get this late in the draft with Wildgoose is too hard to pass up.

Wildgoose projects to be a slot corner in the NFL and his athleticism alone would certainly make him a capable slot corner. He showed solid ball skills earlier in his collegiate career and this really could be a case of the Chargers landing an impact prospect that fell simply because the sample size was so small.

Wildgoose ran a 4.41 40-yard dash during his pro day. For comparison’s sake, Jaycee Horn ran a 4.37 40-yard dash.

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