Chargers hire new coach that may tease 2023 NFL Draft intentions

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Brandon Staley kept his job after the LA Chargers blew a 27-0 lead in the AFC Divisional Round but there were still coaching changes to be made. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and QBs coach/pass game coordinator Shane Day ultimately got the boot, as well as linebackers coach Michael Wilhoite.

Many fans are pleased with the team hiring Kellen Moore to replace Lombardi as the team's offensive coordinator. Moore is bringing Doug Nussmeier with him from Dallas, which is important. Nussmeier could be next in line to be the Chargers' OC if Moore succeeds and gets head-coaching buzz.

Los Angeles made another coaching hire on Thursday that may have flown under the radar. Staley hired Georgia analyst Robert Muschamp as a quality control coach after he spent two seasons with the Bulldogs.

Chargers hiring Robert Muschamp could tease 2023 NFL Draft intentions.

Brandon Staley has proven in his tenure that he has an affinity for the Georgia program. The Chargers have taken three Georgia players in two draft classes since Staley has been hired. Hiring someone from the program may indicate that the team will do so again in 2023.

There are some talented Bulldogs that are right in the Chargers' range in multiple different around. Edge rusher Nolan Smith is undoubtedly a candidate in the first round for the Bolts. Tight end Darnell Washington is a really intriguing prospect that the Bolts could consider in the second or third round.

Christopher Smith could be a third-round prospect the team pursues at safety and the Bolts could even look to draft someone like Stetson Bennett to be a cheap back up late in the draft. The list of potential Bulldogs that may interest the Chargers certainly is large.

With Staley's history of taking Bulldogs and the fact that the team just hired a coach from Georgia, that might be a guarantee that the team goes that direction in the 2023 NFL Draft. If there was ever a program to draft talent from it is the Bulldogs, who have put together one of the greatest two-year runs in college football history.

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Or this could simply be a case of Staley likely Muschamp as a coach with it having absolutely no impact on the team's 2023 draft class. But as the old saying goes, everything happens for a reason.