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Chargers mock draft with Bolts trading out of 17 for two second-round picks

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DeMarvin Leal
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With the 35th pick in this LA Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select DeMarvin Leal, IDL, Texas A&M

The LA Chargers have focused on rebuilding the defensive line this offseason and something tells me they are not finished yet. The additions of Khalil Mack, Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson are huge and while there is quality depth that is returning to LA, the Bolts could use another impact rusher.

Instead of taking someone like Jordan Davis or Devonte Wyatt at 17, the Bolts slide back and take DeMarvin Leal, who could arguably have a bigger impact than either of those players. Leal is not the run-stuffer that Davis is and he is not as all-around talented as Wyatt is.

However, Leal is someone who can succeed against both the pass and the run and he also has the versatility to line up anywhere on the defensive line, outside of nose tackle. Some fans want to see the Bolts select an EDGE early in the 2022 NFL Draft and while Leal is not a traditional EDGE, he can play there in certain situations and add that depth.

Having a player like Leal that can move around the defensive line would be great for the Chargers and would really allow Brandon Staley to get creative with how he utilizes Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack on the edges. When he is not offering versatility to the Chargers, he can be a quality 3-4 defensive end who can play at any point on any down.