Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Ranking the top tackle options in the second round

Sep 12, 2020; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns offensive lineman Samuel Cosmi (52) prepares to block Texas El Paso Miners defensive lineman Praise Amaewhule (23) in the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 12, 2020; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns offensive lineman Samuel Cosmi (52) prepares to block Texas El Paso Miners defensive lineman Praise Amaewhule (23) in the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by David Madison/Getty Images) Walker Little, LA Chargers
(Photo by David Madison/Getty Images) Walker Little, LA Chargers

The Carolina Panthers trading for Sam Darnold now gives them the opportunity to take a tackle with the eighth pick. This adds another team in front of the LA Chargers who could be looking to bolster their offensive line, making the odds of Rashawn Slater or Penei Sewell falling to them slim.

If that is the case, the Chargers could look to take the best player available at that spot which could be another lineman like USC’s Alijah Vera-Tucker or Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw. They could also give Brandon Staley a playmaker on defense like Penn State’s Micah Parsons or South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn.

For this scenario, we’ll have the Chargers taking Horn to shore up their secondary and to get another outside cornerback to pair with Michael Davis. I do believe offensive line should be the selection with the 13th pick, but taking another position is definitely a possibility.

If the Chargers happen to take the best player available in round one due to Slater or Sewell being off the board, this would make taking one in the second round almost guaranteed. Some of these options could very well end up being first-round selections but we won’t know until draft day. Let’s take a look at some of the top options that could be available in the second round.

Second-round tackle options for the LA Chargers: 5. Walker Little, OT, Stanford

Little was likely going to work his way into being a first-round selection before a knee injury ended his season during the first game of the 2019 season. He then opted out of the 2020 season and has not played a full game since the end of the 2018 season.

When watching his film, you can’t help but notice how massive and athletic he is. If he had the opportunity to develop his game over the past two seasons, we could be talking about taking Little at 13 instead of on day two of the draft.

Going back to his freshman and sophomore tape, you can see that Little is a good athlete who has good balance and footwork. He was able to use his length to his advantage against smaller defenders and he has a strong base against bigger defensive linemen.

Little stands at 6’7”, weighing 317 lbs and put up impressive numbers at his pro day. It’s not a question about his ability, technique, or intelligence, it’s the fact that he hasn’t played in a full game since the end of the 2018 season that has people concerned.

He basically missed two seasons so it will take some time for him to get back into football shape, increase his strength and continue his development. For someone who will likely be a day two selection, Little has incredible upside if he can get back on track.

The reason why he isn’t higher on this list is that taking him at 47 might be a bit of a reach, and I would feel more comfortable taking him in the third round with that much risk involved. However, it all depends on how the draft goes and he could definitely end up being taken in the second round. There is risk with Little but the reward could be huge.

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