Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: 5 optimal first-round picks at number 13

BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 23: Defensive back Caleb Farley #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies reacts following a defensive play against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half at Lane Stadium on November 23, 2018 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)
BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 23: Defensive back Caleb Farley #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies reacts following a defensive play against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half at Lane Stadium on November 23, 2018 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Meat and potatoes type of pick here for the Bolts. They’re in need of a left tackle and in all likelihood, Penei Sewell will be off the board by the time number 13 comes up. I have Sewell being a good fit for Cincinnati at number 4, Miami at number 5, and Carolina at number 8 if they choose to remain at that spot and not trade down.

Left tackle is the biggest gap right now for the LA Chargers on their O-line and with Orlando Brown Jr. recently being traded to Kansas City, that rules out a potential option for them at the position.

Had Brown still been on the market, I’d maybe want to lean away from the Bolts taking a left tackle, especially if Brown was on the market with also Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher who Kansas City dropped.

However, there is no guarantee right now that either Fisher or Schwartz would be interested in coming to LA (I tend to think neither of them would want to anyway). So, the move here could probably be to go offensive tackle at this pick and ensure you’re not without a quality LT come opening day.

Orlando Brown is out of the mix. Eric Fisher and/or Mitchell Schwartz coming to the Chargers fits nicely, but I don’t know if they’re really “LA” guys. You’re much better off taking a tackle here and Darrisaw is one that has gone under the radar, for the most part, this draft season.

He’s gotten lit up by critics a bit for not being very physical, but after Penei Sewell, it’s hard to argue he’s not the best pure tackle in the class.

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