Los Angeles Chargers take Notre Dame's Michael Mayer in Mock 2.0
With the 200th pick in the sixth round, the Los Angeles Chargers select: Florida LB Ventrell Miller
The Chargers were on a list of teams that met with Florida LB Ventrell Miller earlier in April. Los Angeles did sign former Viking Eric Kendricks to start their offseason but allowed both Drue Tranquill and Troy Reeder to walk in free agency. Past Kenneth Murray as the second projected starter, the depth is paper thin.
Miller is a really solid presence in the run game with terrific energy to make up for middling athleticism. The one red flag with Miller that may take him off teams' boards is the injury history. He was not able to athletically test at the Senior Bowl or combine due to Jones fracture surgery recovery. He also missed most of 2021 with a torn bicep.
In the sixth round, I'd bet on his physicality as a rusher and his downhill game despite being a little bit older. That's the reason he's going later in the draft as opposed to his play. The motor he has can't really be taught and it's worth a flier for depth.
With the 239th pick in the seventh round, the Los Angeles Chargers select: TCU WR Derius Davis
The Chargers need help on special teams following DeAndre Carter's departure to Las Vegas. Right now, there's not a natural fit for the punt returner and kick returner roles on the roster as it currently stands. TCU's Derius Davis would provide a natural solution to that problem:
The Chargers employed a similar approach a few years ago when they drafted K.J. Hill for some special teams value in the hopes that he could develop into more. Unlike Hill, Davis has some killer athleticism with 4.37 speed as a former track star.
While his size is a limitation in terms of a potential offensive role, Davis wouldn't need to necessarily contribute in that way with the Mingo selection here plus how the Chargers' wideout room is currently constructed. However, there's reason to believe he could develop into some sneaky slot option if his development were to go well enough.
He set a single-season personal career high with 42 receptions for 531 yards in 2022 and contributed a significant role to TCU's offense. His quick feet and separation could provide some route to offensive use, even if unlikely.
If all Davis becomes is the Chargers' special team returner, that's all they need. Simple pick here.