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

By Ben Knudson
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LA Chargers draft strategy #5: Trade out of the first round entirely

While it does look like the Chargers definitely have some needs, especially at right tackle, it is totally possible that Telesco and Staley are looking to draft for depth right now. Trading out of the first round would likely give the Chargers two picks; one in the second round, and one in the third or fourth round.

Drafting a player who isn't immediately ready to play, like David Ojabo out of Michigan, could be the best move for the Charger's long-term future. Ojabo's Achilles tear should drop him decently far out of the first round. If he is able to recover by the 2023-24 season, he has the upside to constitute a second or third-round pick.

Missing out on the first-round talent at wide receiver isn't the worst issue in the world either. John Metchie III, Khalil Shakir, and Calvin Austin III are all great mid-round pick options that could immediately help the Chargers.

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Metchie is coming off of an ACL tear that could delay when he is first able to play but has plenty of upside, Khalil Shakir out of Boise State could immediately be the Chargers' best run after catch threat, and Calvin Austin III ran a 4.32 40 yard dash while posting back to back 1,000-yard seasons for the Memphis Tigers.