Chargers Draft

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

Gary Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Jamaree Salyer
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Jamaree Salyer, 195th overall: A-

With the first of two picks in the sixth round the LA Chargers took offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer. In terms of value, this was an exceptional pick by the Bolts as many had Salyer going in the fourth round and some even had him ranked as a top-five interior offensive lineman.

Salyer does something very important for the Bolts as he gives the team options. Salyer is good enough to start at left guard on day one and the Bolts can kick Matt Feiler out to right tackle. However, Salyer's best season in college was at right tackle. While he is a bit small for the position, the Chargers could try him there.

At the worst, Salyer gives the team great depth and a potential long-term replacement for Feiler. He is an elite pass-blocking guard and is someone who Charger fans should be happy with in the sixth round.

Ja'Sir Taylor, 215th overall: C-

This feels like a big reach for the LA Chargers as Ja'Sir Taylor was projected to be an undrafted free agent heading into the draft. Of course, all it takes is one team falling in love with a prospect to take them sooner, but this was an interesting choice.

There were other options on the board for the Bolts in the sixth round, including wide receiver Bo Melton, who ended up being picked 229th. The Chargers instead went with Ja'Sir Taylor, who fits the athletic cover-corner mold that Staley likes. He probably will be a slot corner because of his size and in year one, may only contribute on special teams.

This was an interesting pick and was definitely a reach. However, with how important cornerback is to Staley's defense, we cannot call the team taking someone they like here a failure, so it squeaks by with a C-. There is potential there, but they probably could have had him in the seventh.

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