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5 edge rushers the Chargers can potentially replace Uchenna Nwosu with

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David Ojabo
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3. David Ojabo

There is a chance that the LA Chargers will try and replace Uchenna Nwosu in the 2022 NFL Draft. Personally, I do not think that it would be wise to leave a hole at the position and draft a prospect after the first round, so if there is a draft replacement for Nwosu, it will probably come in the first round.

Edge rusher is not the most likely first-round selection for the Bolts as we stand today but a lot can still happen both in free agency and in any potential trades. There is a reality in which the Chargers find a starting right tackle and pay up big for a true CB1. If that happens, the team might target an edge rusher in round one, saving defensive tackle for the later rounds.

If that is the case then the best-case (realistic) option for the Bolts would be Michigan's David Ojabo. Ojabo currently ranks 15th on The Draft Network's Top 100 Prospects list and could be on the board for the Bolts at 17. However, Ojabo has the traits that jump off the tape and it would not be shocking if a team "reaches" for him before he can fall to the Bolts.

Ojabo is an athletic specimen coming in at six-foot-five with great speed, acceleration and quick-twitch moves. He immediately will be a handful as a pass-rusher in the NFL, especially while having one of the best in the game in Joey Bosa playing on the other side.

Of course, rookies do tend to have a learning curve in the NFL and Ojabo would have to get better against the run as well as round out his game to be a true, every-down impact OLB. However, he has the raw tools to be a really good 3-4 OLB in the NFL and if we really trust Brandon Staley's defensive mind then we have to trust him to groom Ojabo into the best defender he can be.

Getting another edge rusher for cheap (heck, even bringing back Kyler Fackrell) would help some of that learning curve for Ojabo. His ceiling is extremely promising and if he comes into the league more ready than we think then the Chargers could be really dangerous.

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