With the 79th pick in this LA Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select Marcus Jones, CB, Houston
This pick in the third round by the LA Charges would accomplish two things. First and foremost, it would give the team more depth in the secondary, which is still a need at this point in the offseason. The addition of J.C. Jackson was fantastic to give the Chargers a blue-chipper on defense, but it is not enough.
Staley's defense is at its best when there is depth and versatility to be used in defensive back-heavy schemes. As it stands right now, the Chargers have a solid top three in the cornerback room but they need to add more. The first place to add should be at slot corner.
Asante Samuel Jr. is overqualified as a slot corner and should be spending a lot of time there in 2022. That is a great start for the Bolts, but injuries will naturally happen and other things will force Samuel to play snaps on the outside.
That is why the Chargers should draft a traditional slot corner like Marcus Jones, who is on the small side but has really solid cover skills as well as the athleticism that a team is looking for in a slot corner.
Jones turns that athleticism into being one of the best returners in the entire draft class. The Chargers still have not re-signed Andre Roberts and you cannot completely fault the team if they want a younger option that isn't a zero on the offensive side of the ball. If that is the logic, Jones makes sense as he could return kicks and punts at a high level for LA.