Chargers mock draft, pick 125: Ronnie Hickman, S, Ohio State
Nasir Adderley retired and the Chargers didn't get anything out of JT Woods in his rookie season. With those two things in mind (and the fact that Woods potentially could transition to corner), it makes sense for Brandon Staley to go out and get himself a safety in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Hickman is a fun one that fits what the Chargers do on defense. He is a hard-nosed, versatile strong safety that can play in two-high shell coverages and can also play some in the box. He shines against the run as he barrels down from the second level and he has showcased adequate man coverage skills that will carry him in the NFL.
He may not be able to execute intricate coverages early in his career and he is not a turnover machine but his fundamentals are strong and his versatility is a plus.
Chargers mock draft, pick 156: Josh Whyle, TE, Cincinnati
The Chargers did not select a tight end early in this mock draft but that does not mean the team won't ignore the position entirely. Los Angeles is going to be able to find anyone as refined as those in the top of the class so they might as well target someone who can add pass-catching value, even if his blocking leaves more to be desired.
That is the logic here with Josh Whyle. Whyle's athleticism and size make him an intriguing pass-catching tight end that could instantly join Gerald Everett and Donald Parham as legitimate weapons for Justin Herbert at the position.