Chargers mock draft: Bolts trade back, pick up another top-75 pick

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Chargers mock draft round 1: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

I did not have the Chargers taking a tight end in my first mock draft of the offseason. It all depends on what the team does with Gerald Everett and whether or not he is going to be on the team in 2023.

That being said, by trading down eight picks and landing an extra pick in the top 100 the Chargers are putting themselves in a prime position to draft a tight end. In this mock draft, the Bolts land my personal TE1 in the class, Utah's Dalton Kincaid.

Kincaid would instantly add a fantastic pass-catching threat for Justin Herbert that could also improve the team's blocking at the tight end position as well. Kincaid is more of a vertical threat than Michael Mayer and while Mayer might be better as an in-line blocker, Kincaid can more than hold his own.

Chargers mock draft round 2: Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State

This would be a dream second-round selection for the LA Chargers. While the team still has Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa, this is likely Mack's last year in LA and they should be getting his replacement in town now.

Will McDonald is one of the most physically gifted edge rushers in the entire 2023 NFL Draft class. He is perfectly suited to be a 3-4 outside rusher and while some would argue that he is raw as a prospect, he was also extremely underutilized by Iowa State.

Numbers do not lie and the numbers indicate that McDonald might be a truly special edge-rushing prospect. It may take a year for him to develop fully but that is a year that the Chargers can more than afford.