With the 42nd pick in this LA Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
With how the team has spent this offseason, it seems likely that the no. 1 need in the 2022 NFL Draft will be right tackle. The team very well could take Trevor Penning with the 17th overall pick but he was not available in this mock. Instead of reaching for someone like Faalele or another potential second-round talent, it makes more sense to trade down and pick up that extra third-round pick.
It especially makes sense considering the Chargers traded a second-round pick to the Chicago Bears for Khalil Mack. This gives the team another pick in the top-100 and helps fill out the roster needs with premium players, not late-round picks.
Daniel Faalele is a monster six-foot-eight tackle prospect that has all the potential to be an elite tackle at the next level. He is a bit raw in his technique and there is going to be a learning curve out of the gate but if the Chargers design blocking packages like they did last year then they can get him the help he needs.
Either way, Faalele will most likely be better in year one than Storm Norton was for the Bolts last season. Not only would the Chargers be getting younger at the position but they would be improving with so much more potential in-store.