With the 17th pick in this LA Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
Jameson Williams and Jordan Davis were off the board and Charles Cross did not fall to the LA Chargers at 17. Trent McDuffie was on the board for LA with the 17th pick and there is the possibility of the team drafting Devonte Wyatt in the first round, which is something I have pitched here at Bolt Beat in the past.
However, with a lesser possibility of trading down to a team like the Steelers, instead of making the big leap back with a trade (which is still possible), we decided to go with the best right tackle that is still on the board, Trevor Penning.
Tom Telesco has historically taken the best player available in the NFL Draft and he has never actually traded down before. So while it is something that we want to see the team do and will still do some mock drafts about, fans might want to prepare themselves for the Bolts staying still at 17 and taking best available.
Penning fits that billing and would instantly give the Bolts a starting right tackle with value for the 2022 season. Penning checks all of the boxes as a starting-caliber tackle in the NFL with the only real drawback to his game being the lack of competition at Northern Iowa. There will naturally be a bit of a learning curve adjusting to the NFL but he still has all the traits to be successful.
Plus, that is what training camp is for.
The focus has been on the defense thus far but the longer the Chargers go without signing a right tackle the more it tells me that they might pick one in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft after all.