Chargers Draft

5 early-round strategies for the Chargers in the 2022 NFL Draft

By Ben Knudson
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LA Chargers draft strategy #4: Trade back from 17

If the Chargers are able to sign a decent, veteran right tackle, it's entirely possible that they won't be in much of a hurry to make a splash play in the draft. If that happens, don't be surprised if the Chargers trade their pick with a team who could be looking for a quarterback like Pittsburgh at 20, Tennessee at 26, or Detroit at 32 to add an additional 2-3 round picks to their arsenal.

With a pick later in the first round, look for Kenyon Green from Texas A&M or Tyler Linderbaum for Iowa to sure up the interior offensive line. Oday Aboushi was a pleasant surprise for the Chargers last season before tearing his ACL in the fifth game of the season.

It's an unknown whether or not the Chargers are going to bring him back or not. Drafting a solid interior offensive lineman like Green or Linderbaum could give the Chargers stability in that area for the next few seasons with Matt Feiler and Corey Linsley returning.

There should still be some solid options available at receiver towards the end of the first round like Christian Watson, the Reese's Senior Bowl standout from FCS powerhouse North Dakota State. Boye Mafe out of Minnesota could also be a fantastic rotational EDGE that could be productive when Joey Bosa or Khalil Mack need a breather.