The 2022 NFL Draft has officially wrapped and the LA Chargers have a new crop of players that are going to compete for roles on the team in 2022 and beyond. Some of the picks were extremely exciting, others were confusing and some were controversial (if you disagreed with the consensus opinion).
You can't grade individual picks without seeing the rest of the class. A pick could end up getting a higher grade if someone falls the round later, justifying the decision made at an earlier point. Regardless, here is our draft grades for the LA Chargers' 2022 draft class.
LA Chargers 2022 NFL Draft grades:
Zion Johnson, 17th overall: A
It is really hard to not like this selection by the LA Chargers. While the team did not see one of the elite receivers or defensive backs fall to the team at 17, they made the sound selection of taking the best guard in the entire draft in Zion Johnson.
This was not as clear-cut of a decision for Tom Telesco as the last two years, either. The Bolts easily could have gone with Trevor Penning (which many fans would have rightfully disliked) or Trent McDuffie (which also would have been a fine selection).
If Johnson pans out as we think he will in the league then Telesco and Brandon Staley absolutely deserve all of the credit. The team has a franchise quarterback who is good enough to win the Super Bowl and the MVP and adding elite pass-protection in front of him is never going to be a bad thing.
It would legitimately be a massive surprise if Johnson does not pan out in the NFL. He has Pro Bowl (and down the line maybe even All-Pro) potential, and at the very worst, he seems primed to be an average-to-above-average guard.