LA Chargers: 4 best-case scenarios for the 2021 NFL Draft

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3. The LA Chargers draft Tommy Tremble in the third round

From Hunter Henry to Tommy Tremble. Those are two quality names at the tight end position.

The Chargers lost Henry in free agency to the New England Patriots this offseason and replaced him with Jared Cook. The team also re-signed Stephen Anderson, giving them a tight end trio of Cook, Donald Parham and Anderson.

While that is fine from a pass-catching standpoint and would be okay for the 2021 season, there is not a tight end in that trio that is a promising blocker. Anderson can hold his own, but that is about it.

The team also should bring in a rookie tight end now to integrate him into the offense and familiarize him so he can fully take over in 2022. If the Chargers push the need off until next year they are going to get a raw tight end without the benefit of Cook.

That is why the team should draft Tommy Tremble. Tremble is a capable blocker and has a lot of potential as a pass-catcher, especially with Justin Herbert as his quarterback. He may not produce as much as a fan would want a third-rounder to produce in year one, but the Chargers would be playing the long game.

This is exactly what the team did with Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry.

Personally, I do not think Tremble is going to make it to the 97th overall pick and the Chargers would have to use the 77th overall pick on Tremble. It would be a huge mistake to draft him in the first two rounds, though.