With the 79th pick in this LA Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select Dylan Parham, IOL, Memphis
With the 79th pick in this Chargers mock draft, the Bolts double-dip in the offensive line class virtue of selecting versatile OL Dylan Parham.
At 6'3", 313 lbs, Parham may appear to be a tad undersized, but his athleticism makes up for it. His zone scheme fit and success whilst playing for Memphis in the AAC make him a natural fit in Joe Lombardi's offense.
A theme that Chargers head coach Brandon Staley constantly preaches is player versatility. Having players who can excel in different roles gives the team flexibility in their roster building, depth, and on-field schemes. The Memphis product is one of the most versatile players in the draft, particularly among the offensive line prospects.
When playing high school football, Parham played tight end and linebacker in addition to his offensive line role. I'm obviously not advocating for Parham to all of a sudden be a depth linebacker or fourth tight end for the Bolts, but his athleticism displayed through playing these positions should make him useful on special teams.
Whilst being versatile in a sense that may not have much value in the NFL, Parham provides legitimate value as a flexible offensive lineman. Parham was a four-year starter in the NCAA. After spending his freshman and sophomore year as the left guard starter, the Georgia native spent his junior year as the right tackle, before becoming a right guard in 2021 for his senior season.
The Bolts can take Parham in the third round and have him be a '6th man' on the offensive line for a few years until he settles into a role as a starter.