3. Damone Clark, LSU
Damone Clark is absolutely a project for whatever team drafts him. It was recently announced that Clark is going to miss the entire 2022 season after having spinal fusion surgery. That being said, Clarke is one of the better linebackers coming out of college in 2022.
He was voted top linebacker on his team at the Reese's Senior Bowl and came off of a highly productive season recording 15.5 TLFs. He also ran a solid 4.57 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine.
It's difficult to say how spinal infusion surgery and a year off of football is going to impact his play, but if he is as productive as he was during his last season at LSU, with a daunting SEC schedule, then drafting him on day 3 could work out extremely well.
The Chargers need a guy who can recognize run plays and fill gaps quickly. Clark can do that and more. He is great at separating from blockers, which is great for stopping outside swing passes and runs in the open field.
Kyzir White showed a knack for recognizing those types of plays last season and with a year of rehab and learning under Brandon Staley, Clark could become that high-energy playmaker that the Chargers love.