Chargers Draft

Grading every pick the LA Chargers made in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Otito Ogbonnia, 160th overall: B-

The LA Chargers took a hometown kid in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft as the Bolts took UCLA's own Otito Ogbonnia. Ogbonnia is a powerful defensive lineman who is going to play on the interior for the Bolts.

This was a further commitment by the Chargers to bolster the run defense this season. Ogbonnia was primarily used as a run-defender at UCLA and that is where his value is going to be in the NFL. There is some potential of him being a bull-rushing pass rusher but that is going to take time to develop in the league.

In year one Ogbonnia is going to be a rotational piece in the interior defensive line that likely only plays on early downs against the run. This gives the Chargers even more run-defending depth, which is going to keep Jerry Tillery off the field more in rushing downs, which is a good thing.

This is not a massive pick and Ogbonnia is not going to be insanely impactful to the naked eye. However, the commitment by the Chargers to continue bolstering the trenches is the right approach to have, especially considering the team's biggest problems from last season.

If Ogbonnia can develop as a pass-rusher on the inside then this has the potential to be a really good selection for the Bolts in the fifth round. However, at the least, it is a safe pick that bolsters what the team needs.

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