Chargers Draft

3 tight ends the LA Chargers could target in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Isaiah Likely
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1. Isaiah Likely

There are two ways that the LA Chargers could take Isaiah Likely in the 2022 NFL Draft and both of which would involve a trade. The team can either pick up an extra third-round pick by trading down in the first round and then potentially use that extra pick on Likely. Or, the Chargers could try and trade up using all of the late draft capital the team has to take him in the third round if he is available at a certain point.

The second path is probably less likely but trading down in the first round could make a lot of sense for the Bolts. As promising as Likely is, the Chargers probably shouldn't be taking him in the third round without having another pick in the third round to use on a more pressing need.

Likely is a dynamic athlete who is going to translate really well as a pass-catcher at the next level. His blocking could use some work and he will have his lumps early on in his career but he should be able to come into the league right away and catch passes in Jared Cook's role.

Likely could be a better, more impactful version of Stephen Anderson in this offense. Anderson showed the versatility to line up at fullback and Likely has the athleticism, route-running and hands to do the same thing and succeed in the passing game.

Heck, the Chargers can even put him on the outside in short-yardage and red-zone situations. He really dynamic as a pass-catching tight end and would instantly be the best pass-catching tight end the team has.

Likely finished the 2021 season with 59 catches for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns. Right now, he is ranked as the 78th overall prospect on The Draft Network's Prospect Rankings but he could easily climb into the second round with a strong combine. If he does, he will be out of the Bolts' range.

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