With the 79th pick in this Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select Marcus Jones, CB, Houston
With new indications that the LA Chargers may no longer be very high on Michael Davis, taking a cornerback in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft might seem like the most realistic scenario for the Bolts. Whether that is someone like Derek Stingley Jr. falling to 17 or the Bolts landing Trent McDuffie, I would argue that it is the most-likely outcome.
However, this Chargers mock draft is all about the team taking a guard in the first round, pushing off a cornerback until the team's next pick. With that pick the Chargers select Marcus Jones out of Houston, who has dual-threat ability for the Bolts.
Jones was one of the best return men in the country and while the Chargers signed DeAndre Carter, it never hurts to not only have more competition but also have an option that can be the future plan at returner as Carter is only on a one-year deal.
Defensively, Jones projects to be a slot corner in the NFL because of his size. While that does pigeonhole him into a role, Jones has all the tools to be an extremely impactful slot corner at the next level.
This would be an interesting pick for the Chargers considering Asante Samuel Jr. is likely going to move to the slot. Adding Jones would give the team more versatility to pick Samuel outside and split time with Davis. It is not as easy of a fit as taking a perimeter corner but Jones was the best available.