Chargers Draft

3 positions the Chargers should avoid in the first round of 2022 NFL Draft

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1. Guard

The LA Chargers committed to rebuilding the offensive line last offseason and did a great job in rebuilding the left side of the line. Now, the Chargers must focus on the right side of the line. After taking Rashawn Slater in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, it might be on the table for the Bolts to draft an offensive lineman in round one.

If that first-round pick is a right tackle then that is just fine. Tackles are a premium position in the NFL and the tackle market this offseason is not very deep. There is nothing wrong with finding two cornerstone tackles to protect Justin Herbert for years to come.

Taking a guard in round one would be less than ideal. In terms of positional value, guards have far less draft value than tackles and while there are very rare circumstances, most times it is much better taking an elite tackle in the first round than an elite guard.

There is also a much deeper market at guard than there is at tackle this offseason. The Chargers could make a really savvy move and re-sign Oday Aboushi for even cheaper to bring him back to compete for the position. Add another guard signing like Matt Feiler and suddenly the depth on the interior is looking great.

Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports has the Chargers taking Kenyon Green in the first round of his latest mock draft. While Green played tackle in college, he has the make-up of being an NFL guard and would not be a great selection by LA.

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