Chargers Draft

Chargers: The best prospect for each draft need that could fall to the Bolts

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Jermaine Johnson II
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Best-case edge rusher for the LA Chargers: Jermaine Johnson

Edge rusher might just be the team's top draft need if it is unable to brink back Uchenna Nwosu or replace him in free agency. Heck, even if the Bolts do bring back Nwosu I would not be completely surprised if they target another edge rusher in the first round if they find starting-caliber players at the other positions of need.

Getting pressure on the quarterback while only rushing four is the most valuable thing a defense can do to win football games. The Chargers had moments where they could do that, largely because of Joey Bosa, and adding someone to help that cause would be huge for the team.

There are two mid-round edge rushers that could fall to the Bolts in David Ojabo and Jermaine Johnson. Ojabo ranks higher than Johnson on most big boards (including the consensus big board) but I personally am a fan of Johnson. If both Ojabo and Johnson fell to LA, I would pick Johnson.

Johnson is more likely to fall to LA as he is the 24th-ranked prospect on the consensus big board. I really do feel like he could be the defensive steal of the late first round as there is nothing about Johnson's game that is hard to like.

He is big at six-foot-five and has explosive athleticism to match his size. He was great at getting pressure on the quarterback, was borderline elite for a college player in stopping the run and he showcased a tremendous feel for the game. He is the type of player who knows exactly where to be and has the motor to match.

The only thing he may struggle in as a rookie is in pass coverage when the Chargers drop him back as an outside linebacker. However, the team can easily work around that and that is not really even a hole. It is just the one thing he was not great at in college.

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