The first two days of the 2021 NFL Draft are in the books and the LA Chargers have had a fairly solid showing thus far. While the two third-round picks are hit-or-miss depending on who you ask, the team started the draft perfectly with Rashawn Slater and Asante Samuel Jr.
In reality, the value of the first two round picks is more than the value of the rest of the draft. With the rest of the draft, you are hoping to fill holes and hit one or two breakout players. In a perfect world, the first two rounds should create two above-average starters. The Chargers got just that.
Four picks down, five to go. Here are my five predictions for day three of the 2021 NFL Draft that you can take to the bank.
1. The LA Chargers take one more offensive lineman
The LA Chargers should take one more offensive lineman for depth purposes. The team is not going to find someone who is worthy of starting, at least not right away. However, they can find a valuable depth piece that can be molded by the team and who knows, eventually, turn into an impact player.
The Chargers did a great job in improving the offensive line for Justin Herbert but they still need to add depth. With so many picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, it seemed the entire time that the Chargers would double-dip on the offensive line.
I do not think it will come in the fourth round (more on that later). Instead, someone who I really like as a prospect is Drake Jackson. He is good enough to be a backup center option right away and being a versatile backup guard is not out of the picture with the right development.