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5 edge rushers the Chargers can potentially replace Uchenna Nwosu with

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4. Jermaine Johnson

David Ojabo would be the more exciting selection with a higher ceiling if the LA Chargers were to draft an edge rusher with the 17th overall pick. However, the more realistic candidate who would also be a really good selection for the Bolts (if they need an edge rusher in round one) is Florida State's Jermaine Johnson.

While Johnson may not have the massively high ceiling that Ojabo has on paper, he is arguably a more well-rounded outside linebacker for the Bolts to take in round one. Johnson too has a lot in his arsenal when it comes to getting to the quarterback while also being able to set the outside and help against the run.

That is really valuable to a team like the Chargers, who are going to look to reinvent the trenches to fix the biggest issue that the defense had in 2021. Johnson's ability to be an every-down OLB and contribute against the run might even be more valuable than Ojabo's higher ceiling.

Johnson finished the 2021 season with 11.5 sacks and 17.5 total tackles for loss en route to being named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. There is some speculation about him moving up in the draft order, which is possible, but he should be there at 17 for the Bolts. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, who is one of the best draft minds in the sport, ranks Johnson as the 20th-best prospect.

Johnson also thrived at the Senior Bowl, which we have seen in the past is really important for Tom Telesco when he evaluates draft picks. If Nwosu isn't on the team when the 2022 NFL Draft rolls around, Johnson might just be the most-likely selection.

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