2. Tariq Woolen, CB
I was convinced that the Chargers would draft a cornerback with the 17th overall pick because of Brandon Staley's vision of the defense as well as the current status of the secondary. Staley needs a deep, versatile secondary and there are some unknowns not just next season, but beyond.
The team is reportedly lower on Michael Davis, Asante Samuel Jr. suffered two concussions last year and we cannot fully bank on him making a huge leap in year two and the depth behind the top three is atrocious with Tevaughn Campbell still being the fourth-best option. Add in the fact that Nasir Adderley's contract is up after the 2022 season and they may not have the money to re-sign him and it is clear that the team needs to keep adding to the secondary.
LA ultimately went with guard and that leaves cornerback as arguably the biggest need for the third round. If I had to put money on it, I would bet that the selection is a cornerback in round three as there are several talented guys that should fall in this range and at least one will be there.
Guys like Coby Bryant, Marcus Jones, Alontae Taylor and Marcus Emerson are all talented and it would just come down to who Staley views as the best fit. However, there is one guy that ranks ahead of those four that would be a great fall to 79: Tariq Woolen.
Tariq Woolen does need some developing in his game but his athletic traits are off the charts and he is someone with legitimate elite CB1 potential if the right head coach in the right system gets a hold of him. He may not make as big of an impact as the other potential corners in the first year, but the Chargers could still utilize his athleticism and size in year one as he develops as an NFL corner.