4 Chargers dream prospects that could fall to 79 after taking Zion Johnson

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Abraham Lucas
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1. Abraham Lucas, RT

I know, I know. The LA Chargers took an offensive lineman with the 17th overall pick and are more likely to take a defensive player with the 79th pick. I would be shocked if the Chargers went tackle over cornerback, defensive tackle or receiver with their next pick but as mentioned before, it all depends on who is on the board.

Tom Telesco is someone who historically drafts best player available (that should be evident from the Zion Johnson selection) and if Abraham Lucas is on the board (and none of the other prospects on this list are) then there is a good chance that he will be the best player available.

Lucas is one of the better mid-round tackle prospects that could come in and compete for the right tackle starting job in year one. Initially, it was speculated that the team was taking Johnson to play at left guard with the intention of signing Oday Aboushi to play right guard and have Matt Feiler at right tackle.

However, Tom Telesco said after the draft that the team views Johnson as a right guard with Feiler staying at left guard and Storm Norton and Trey Pipkins competing for the right tackle spot. While I personally think the team is high on Pipkins (and perhaps for good reason?) this still is not the best spot to be in at right tackle and they could look to add to it later in the draft.

Lucas' pass-protection abilities will get him by initially in the NFL and obviously help his cause in front of Justin Herbert. He does need to get better against the run but the Chargers can give him help on the right side with Tre McKitty. Plus, with such a solid line all around him, if his run-blocking is the worst part about the line, that is a great thing.