The LA Chargers are only five games into the 2023 season and in all honesty, it is way too early to start looking at the 2024 NFL Draft. The draft board is miles away from forming and there is so much variance with where the Chargers may end up selecting.
However, because the Chargers are 2-3 and have lost to any half-decent team that they have faced, a lot of fans have started to look at the 2024 NFL Draft. Many fans believe that there will be a changing of the guard if things continue down this path, making the 2024 NFL Draft an exciting one.
It is way too early for us to do a full seven-round Chargers mock draft. Doing one of those in October is asinine. However, we can look at who the experts are projecting to go to LA in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft. Josh Edwards of CBS Sports recently put together his latest 2024 mock and he has the Chargers taking someone who many fans would be very happy with.
Chargers select Brock Bowers in latest 2024 NFL mock draft
The Chargers decided not to cash in on a generational tight end class in the 2023 NFL Draft and the position looks to be barren heading into the 2024 offseason as a result. Gerald Everett is a free agent and neither Donald Parham or Tre' McKitty are even close to being TE1 worthy. Heck, you could make the case that McKitty might not even be on the roster in 2024.
While Bowers is not part of the generational tight end class he has all the makings of being a generational tight end. It is very hard for rookie tight ends to come into the league and make an impact right away and if anyone could it would be Bowers. His blend of pass-catching ability and raw strength will make him an asset in both areas of the offense right away.
The one concern with Bowers is that he just suffered an ankle injury. Chargers are are so scarred from injuries that something like this might turn a portion of the fanbase off altogether.
That being said, it does not look like it is going to be a serious injury that impacts his pro status. Injuries happen. This is football after all. Passing up on a potential future All-Pro because he hurt his ankle in October would be a silly thing to do.
Hopefully, the Chargers are not picking high enough to even have a chance at taking Bowers (they picked 10th in this mock draft). But if they are, the selection might make itself.