Chargers Draft

4 mid-round tackles the Chargers could target in the 2022 NFL Draft

Playing over 3,000 offensive snaps in college, Abraham Lucas from Washington State started 42 games in his career for the Cougars at right tackle.
Playing over 3,000 offensive snaps in college, Abraham Lucas from Washington State started 42 games in his career for the Cougars at right tackle. / Thearon W. Henderson/GettyImages
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Daniel Faalele, Dominique Robinson
A gargantuan specimen, Faalele (78) could start right away if the Bolts are able to nab him in the third round or if they trade up. / David Berding/GettyImages

Chargers mid-round target no. 1: Daniel Faalele, senior from Minnesota

This would potentially be the highest selection on the list as Faalele is penciled by many to be a late-second or early-third-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. The product from Minnesota is also the largest prospect on this list at 6-foot-8 and 384 pounds.

Starting the majority of his career at right tackle (31 total games), Faalele uses his upper body to power through opponents and massive hands to knock back defenders. He has excellent initial quickness to set up the point of attack and moves with surprising balance footwork for a player his size. His Minnesota coaches have also stated that he has the right mental aptitude to play the position at the next level and do it well.

Faalele does have some weaknesses though and is susceptible to rushers crossing his face and getting inside leverage due to his soft inside shoulder. Also, Brugler pointed out that he does need to tidy up his landmarks and pass-set depth.

His mobility in the run game has been noted as being somewhat average. Moreover, given his size, some scouts do think that he could run into setbacks at the pro level even though he was able to avoid major injuries throughout his time at Minnesota.

Brugler points out that even though he is still learning the expert-level nuances of the position, he has a unique package of size, play strength and great mobility that could project him as a starting right tackle in his rookie campaign. 

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