Chargers Mock Drafts

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

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Tariq Carpenter
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With the 195th pick in this LA Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select Tariq Carpenter, S, Georgia Tech

After losing Kyzir White in free agency for an absurdly cheap price, the LA Chargers may look to replace him in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Bolts are not going to find someone as impactful as White this late in the draft but they could find a similar prospect that can eventually blossom into what White became.

Tariq Carpenter has the skillset to be just that for the Chargers. A safety in college at Georgia Tech, Carpenter was a versatile chess piece who played deep safety, in the slot and in the box. At the NFL level, he could end up being a solid coverage linebacker that plays in the box.

In Staley's defense, which features fewer players in the box and more defensive backs, a versatile safety/linebacker hybrid like Carpenter can really thrive, especially if he improves as a pro in man coverage.

With the 214th pick in this LA Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select Jalen Nailor, WR, Michigan State

The LA Chargers have to get receiver depth at some point in the draft and they do so with their second sixth-round pick by taking Jalen Nailor. Nailor would be a quality depth option for the Bolts who has the skillset to eventually learn and blossom as a receiver with time.

Nailor, a former track athlete in high school, did not run the fastest 40-yard dash (4.50) but he has breakaway speed with the football and could develop into a short-yardage YAC option for the Chargers. Not only that, but his ability to make players miss will put him in the running for kick return duties.

Nailor does have some injury concerns and without them, he probably would have been a bonafide day two pick.