Chargers select Ja'Tavion Sanders with 44th overall pick
Many fans assumed that the Chargers would select a tight end in the 2023 NFL Draft. The 2023 class was historically deep at the tight end position and it was such an obvious need that the Chargers couldn't pass up on; expect the team did, and did not add to the room at all.
The results have spoken for themselves this season as for the second year in a row the tight end room as really struggled, particularly in the blocking department. Heck, 2021 third-round pick Tre' McKitty was even waived and wasn't brought back to the practice squad. That is how bad it has been.
The situation in 2024 is even worse as the Chargers do not have a tangible TE1 on the roster. Gerald Everett is going to be a free agent, leaving Donald Parham, Stone Smartt, and Nick Vannett as the team's only retainable options. That is a disaster waiting to happen.
Thus, out of necessity, the Chargers have to take a tight end early in the 2024 NFL Draft. There may be hiccups in year one as tight end is one of the hardest positions to succeed at in a rookie season, but the team absolutely cannot ignore the position for another year.
Thus, the Chargers select Ja'Tavion Sanders in this mock draft and he is everything the Bolts could want out of a tight-end prospect. He is an intriguing pass-catching weapon that has utilized his length and athleticism to put up promising numbers, even with a limited route tree.
Additionally, Sanders is an excellent in-line blocker and would instantly be the best blocking tight end on the team. He is legitimately someone who could play just about every down in his rookie season and would be a huge boost for this offense.