Chargers mock draft, pick 37: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo
Quinyon Mitchell is someone who is getting a lot of buzz as an early second-round prospect in the draft cycle. By the time we go through the combine and the interview process, it would not be surprising if Mitchell works his way into being a first-round pick.
For the time being, though, Mitchell finds himself as an early second-round pick and he is someone who the Chargers should pounce over if he is available. This team desperately needs cornerback help and Mitchell is someone who can come in and instantly make an impact.
Mitchell doesn't have the same lock-down CB1 potential that the early-first-round cornerbacks have but he does have a different ceiling. Mitchell is a ballhawk and paired with Asante Samuel Jr, Mitchell could create many turnovers for the Bolts in the right system.
Unlike Samuel, Mitchell shouldn't be a headache in the run game. Everything he has shown in college indicates that he will be an average tackler at worst. As he continues to bulk up, he could turn into a solid run defender at the corner position as well.
The Chargers' cornerback room in 2024 consists of Samuel, Deane Leonard, and Ja'Sir Taylor. It is imperative that the team brings in an early-round corner to help supplement that room and give the new defensive coordinator a fighting chance of putting together a strong defense.