Chargers Draft

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

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Best-case tackle for the LA Chargers: Charles Cross

Charles Cross is the highest-ranked player on the consensus big board as he checks in seventh overall. While that might seem to make him out of the Chargers' reach, we have seen offensive tackles fall in the draft process before. Heck, nobody expected Rashawn Slater to fall to 13 and there he was.

While Cross is undoubtedly a great prospect and would be fantastic for the Bolts, he does not have the same level of intrigue around him as Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater did last year. If teams were willing to pass on Slater then I could see four more teams passing on Cross and him falling to 17.

He still will probably be picked before the Bolts at 17 but just like with Slater, there is a chance that it happens. All the Chargers need is for teams to get wide receiver hungry with Wilson, Jameson Williams, Treylon Burks and Drake London as well as some teams moving up to get quarterbacks.
Cross is the third-best tackle in this class after all.

Regardless of being the third-best tackle in this class, Cross would still give the Chargers a fantastic young tackle to pair with Slater to create the foundation for this offensive line for years to come. Cross is extremely athletic and would fit the Chargers' offense, which utilizes RPOs in early downs, to a tee.

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I know that offensive tackle is not the sexiest pick, especially for a second straight year, but Cross would be better than any right tackle the team could sign in free agency.

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