With the 241st overall pick, the LA Chargers select Grant Stuard, LB, Houston
We tend to overvalue seventh-round picks in the NFL. The fact of the matter is that the Chargers would be lucky to get someone who contributes at all. That is why teams typically take skill position players as depth this late instead of a fundamental position, like the offensive line.
Here the Chargers are getting a special teams contributor. Stuard is the definition of a hard-nosed, big-hitting linebacker that flies around the field. He is extremely raw on the defensive side of the football but he has value in heavy packages as a goal-line stuffer.
More importantly, though, he has value on special teams. This is a team that needs as much help on special teams as possible and in this mock draft, the Bolts are getting two players who are extremely promising in that department.
This might be more valuable than taking a running back in the seventh round. The Chargers definitely need one more running back with the question marks at the position but there is someone who I really like that the team can snag as an undrafted free agent.
Jerrid Doaks is the perfect running back to target this late in the draft or as an undrafted free agent and it seems likely that he might go undrafted. He is a physical running back that produced in both the running and passing game and is a really good pass-blocker.
Draft someone like Stuard who has insane physical skills and can contribute on special teams and snag a running back in free agency. That should be the LA Chargers’ plan.