2025 NFL mock draft: 3 way-too-early first-round candidates for the Chargers

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The LA Chargers had a pretty good showing on paper in the 2024 NFL Draft. Joe Hortiz's first draft as the GM of the team had some surprises but overall, he brought in a class with several players who could make a big impact as early as 2024.

For some fans, the end of draft season is a sad time. There are a lot of NFL fans who live for draft season and even though we are still months away from the 2024 regular season, are already looking ahead to the 2025 NFL Draft.

A lot is going to happen between now and then with big boards changing constantly throughout the year. Trying to come up with a mock draft for 2025 is impossible, especially without knowing where a team is going to finish. However, we could at least circle some early candidates for the Chargers based on different spots in the draft.

3 prospects the Chargers could consider in the first round of the 2025 NFL Draft:

1. Travis Hunter, CB/WR, Colorado

If the Chargers have a disappointing season and once again find themselves in the top 10 of the NFL Draft then they could consider Colorado's Travis Hunter. Hunter excelled on both sides of the ball last season playing cornerback and wide receiver, making him one of the most interesting prospects in next year's draft.

If Hunter was forced to commit to one side of the ball in the NFL it would likely be cornerback as that is his better position. The Chargers are going to need cornerback help still next year as nobody on the roster screams CB1.

But hey, if Hunter can also add some wide receiver depth then why not integrate him into the offense some. It won't be at the level that Colorado is doing but there could be room for him to play some snaps on offense, too.

2. Colston Loveland, TE, Michigan

Colston Loveland is a candidate for the Chargers if they are picking in the mid-to-late portion of the NFL Draft and quite frankly, he should be considered the early favorite to be drafted by the Chargers next year. A lot can change in a year, but what won't change is his ties to Jim Harbaugh.

Loveland had an excellent junior season at Michigan and is only going to build on that next season as he prepares to make the leap to the pros. Loveland is a dynamic pass-catching weapon that absolutely has the potential to be a great every-down back.

The Chargers' tight end room is currently held together by one-year solutions, so it makes a lot of sense for the team to potentially pursue a first-round tight end prospect who Harbaugh has compared to Travis Kelce in the past.

3. JT Tuimoloau, EDGE, Ohio State

JT Tuimoloau would be an option for the Chargers if they have a great season and are picking late in the first round of the 2025 NFL Draft. The highest the Chargers could reasonably get is the mid-20s, which should put them right in the range for Tuimoloau if he continues to play as projected.

The Chargers are going to have to add to the edge rushing room next season with Khalil Mack hitting free agency and Joey Bosa being a potential cut candidate. Even if Bosa survives, he will only have one more year with the Bolts and the team is going to have to get younger quickly.

Tuimoloau has 17.5 sacks over his last two seasons and is a massive edge rusher with great pass-rush skills and the ability to set the edge. Harbaugh is familiar with his game, too, as Tuimoloau has recorded 2.5 tackles for loss the last two times he played Michigan.