LA Chargers: A realistic doomsday scenario for the first three rounds
The LA Chargers push off the offensive line to the point that they have to improvise
The LA Chargers have two picks in the third round. The Bolts own the 77th and 97th overall selections, which is huge for the team as they head into the draft with four top 100 picks.
In this doomsday situation, the Chargers continue to push off taking an offensive lineman and do not take one with the 77th pick. Instead, at this point, the team would probably at least address an area of need on the roster, taking either an edge rusher or a safety.
There are certain prospects that would be good selections here and certain prospects would be bad selections. This is the point in the draft where the Bolts should be taking an edge rusher or safety, so that in itself is not a big mistake.
The mistake is continuing to wait on an offensive lineman and not picking one until the 97th overall pick. By that point, the Chargers likely are not getting a tackle that is truly going to make a difference (hi, Trey Pipkins) so the Bolts may look to improvise.
Imagine this scenario: Tom Telesco, who loves taking Notre Dame players, decides to select guard Aaron Banks with the 97th overall pick. I think Banks is a fine prospect and I would not hate him on the Chargers in a vacuum, in this situation I would.
But Banks is a guard, what does the team do? There are two options. First, the team might actually be bullish on Trey Pipkins and give him the chance to start at left tackle. Not great.
Second, the team could attempt to move Bryan Bulaga to the left side, play new signing Matt Feiler at right tackle and play Banks at guard. Feiler has right tackle experience and if Sam Tevi can switch sides so can Bulaga. This would not be a great outlook.
Not only are the Chargers not getting a premier guard at least, but they are taking someone who is good at guard and moving him to tackle. Yes, Feiler has played both in his career but his best seasons in terms of pressures allowed have come when he is playing guard, not tackle. Feiler should be an emergency tackle at most for the Chargers. He is a guard first and foremost.
These first three rounds would set the table for what would end up being an extremely poor draft for the LA Chargers.