The LA Chargers were busy on the first day of free agency. After making the huge move of trading for Khalil Mack last week, the Chargers somehow followed with an even more impressive showing on Monday.
The biggest news of the day was that the Chargers agreed to terms on a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the top corner on the market, J.C. Jackson. However, the Bolts followed that signing with two more great signings, shoring up the defensive line with Austin Johnson and Sebastian Joseph-Day.
LA has checked several boxes on the roster but there is more work to be done. It is clear that the Bolts are all-in on contending for a Super Bowl and they will likely continue to be as aggressive as they can be in the realm of possibility.
J.C. Jackson and co. significantly change any LA Chargers mock draft.
Cornerback is no longer a first-round need for the Chargers, opening doors for the team to take other routes in the 2022 NFL Draft. Adding Johnson and Joseph-Day also may remove the chances of Jordan Davis being selected, although the team will probably still take an interior defensive lineman at some point.
Using The Draft Network's Mock Draft Machine, we conducted a full seven-round mock draft following the Chargers' busy day on day one of free agency.
Before we dive into it, we have conducted a trade down for the LA Chargers. With the new top needs on the roster, it might make more sense for the Bolts to trade down in the 2022 NFL Draft and that is exactly what they do here.
The Indianapolis Colts do not have a pick in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft and trade the 42nd and 73rd overall pick for the 17th pick, and in this mock, took Malik Willis. That is not the most compensation the team could get but the Bolts should take any offer that is worthwhile. If the Steelers offer a third to move up three spots then great, but this might be more realistic.
Without further ado, let's jump into the mock draft.