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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LA Chargers mock draft
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Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports – LA Chargers

2. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Speaking of offensive tackles we were just gossiping about, here he is. Is it “Penny” or “Pen-nay?”

I don’t really know. All I know is he’s the best tackle in this class and most importantly, he’s fresh after sitting out the 2020 season thanks to COVID.

Yeah I know, we’re looking at his 2019 tape for the most part in evaluating him, but it should be appreciated that with a whole season of college football taking place without him playing in it, he still remained at the top of the offensive tackle rankings.

But wait, didn’t I just say he’s going to be off the board by the time number 13 comes up?

Why yes I did.

However, I can also very much envision a scenario where Sewell drops because of that sit-out in 2020 and teams not wanting to chance it on him.

Cincinnati could use him and shift Jonah Williams over to right tackle, but maybe they want to keep Williams at left tackle.

The Dolphins are building a young offensive line and Penei would fit right in there at left tackle, but they already drafted Austin Jackson out of USC early last year as well as Robert Hunt who’s a swing guy between tackle and guard. Sewell presents another mouth to feed so to speak for the Fins.

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The Panthers drafted Greg Little out of Ole Miss in 2019 in the second round to come up and be their left tackle in a couple of years. Those couple years are here, so is Little the favorite to be the Panthers’ starting left tackle? Penei could theoretically mess that up.

Plus, who’s to say Carolina doesn’t trade back to someone like New England who’s after the Chargers in the first round? New England, who already has two starting tackles in Isaiah Wynn and Trent Brown.

I don’t know if anybody else is going to take an offensive lineman before the Chargers besides those three teams. If a perfect storm occurs, we could very well be seeing Sewell drop right into the Chargers’ laps and all of a sudden, Justin Herbert has his old buddy from Oregon guarding his blindside in 2021.

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