With the 241st overall pick, the LA Chargers select Tony Poljan, TE, Virginia
Tony Poljan is someone who I have taken in other LA Chargers mock drafts in the seventh round. He is a big, six-foot-seven blocking specialist tight end that would provide the team what it needs in the near future: blocking.
Poljan is not going to replace Henry but he will at least give the team some blocking depth as well as another massive target for Justin Herbert in the red zone. There is absolutely no need for Poljan if the Chargers get Tremble or another mid-round tight end.
So what should the LA Chargers do in this situation instead of drafting a wide receiver?
There are two options. The first option is to just take Christian Darrisaw. I personally don’t think it is a reach but if he is low on the Chargers’ board then I understand a trade down. For simplicity’s sake, let’s assume a quarterback is on the board and the Chargers can work a trade with Washington at 19.
Washington trades the 19th overall pick and the 51st overall pick to get their quarterback. It is a slight overpay for Washington in terms of the Draft Pick Value Chart, but they slightly overpay with two third-round picks to get their QB.
Based on this mock draft, the LA Chargers could have selected Teven Jenkins at 19. Jenkins has a ton of potential and is far better than Mayfield. Then, with the following picks, could have done something like:
- 47th: Corner (Asante Samuel)
- 51st: Safety (Richie Grant, Jevon Holland)
- 77th: Tight end (Tommy Tremble)
- 97th: EDGE (Jordan Smith)
- 118th: Guard (Deonte Brown)
- 159th: IDL (Osa Odighizuwa, Bobby Brown III)
- 185th: LB (Tony Fields)
- 198th: RB (Pooka Williams)
- 241st: Versatile man corner (Shakur Brown)
I don’t know about you, but I like that a lot more than the seven-round mock draft with the LA Chargers drafting Devonta Smith. They don’t need a receiver this year. They have two 1,000-yard receivers, a top-three pass-catching running back and a decent vertical tight end.
Tyron Johnson really stepped up in 2020 and the team just took two rookie wide receivers last year in Joe Reed and K.J. Hill. It is not a need, and the above draft is far better.