Chargers mock draft: A Kellen Moore-centric three-round mock draft
There are a lot of variables around the LA Chargers this offseason but the team at least solved one of them — hiring Kellen Moore to be the team's next offensive coordinator. Getting a coordinator with play-calling experience, and successful play-calling at that, was a huge win for the Bolts.
Now the team has to figure out how it will get over the salary cap (currently slated to be just over $20 million over the cap) while still improving the roster. After leaning heavily into rebuilding the defense last offseason, perhaps there will be more of a focus on Moore's offense this offseason.
Of course, there is a lot that can happen between early February and late April but if the team did want to lean into Moore's offense, we could get an idea of what the early picks will be. Big boards and mocks will change, but we could at least predict what it could look like if the team has an offensive-minded philosophy in the 2023 NFL Draft.
A Kellen Moore-centric Chargers mock draft:
The Chargers go with a wide receiver in the first round of this mock draft. This is something that Chargers fans have been wishing will happen for three years now and the Bolts finally make it come to fruition by taking Zay Flowers.
Jaylin Hyatt is most fans' dream first-round target and while he is currently expected to be available at 21 by most outlets, Hyatt is only going to climb in the draft rankings with the combine and it seems likely that he will be taken before the 21st pick. If he is available, then the Chargers may go that route instead.
Zay Flowers might make more sense based on what the Chargers already have on the roster, though. He is a smaller receiver with electric speed that can play both in the slot as well at out wide. Flowers is arguably the best YAC specialist in the draft and the Chargers could unlock that dynamic of the offense with him.
Keenan Allen and Mike Williams should still be around in 2023 and Flowers would have a lesser role as a result. In year one, he could essentially be a far better version of DeAndre Carter in this offense, which is not a bad thing at all. After 2023, though, Flowers could move up the depth chart with legitimate WR1 potential.
The Chargers met with Flowers during the Shrine Bowl, so the speculation is already starting to begin. Flowers is a name to watch if the team truly wants to go offensive-heavy in this draft.