Full 7-round Chargers mock draft with the Bolts trading down for a guard

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Bo Melton
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With the 123rd pick in this Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select Bo Melton, WR, Rutgers

Some fans want to see the LA Chargers take a receiver in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, citing a lack of speed in the receiver room. While there is definitely a lack of speed, the Chargers still have one of the best 1-2 punches at the position in the league in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

If someone like Garrett Wilson were to fall to the Bolts at 17 then it would be one thing. Personally, I don't see the appeal of drafting someone like Jameson Williams, who might not even play this season. There are good receivers in every draft. Just wait a year to draft a first-round receiver instead of drafting one that might not play until 2023 anyway.

There is also speed to be found in the later rounds of the draft, including Bo Melton. Melton is one of the most exciting mid-round receiver prospects in the draft this year and as a slot receiver in 2022, I think he is going to be the mid-round receiver that teams are pinching themselves over not taking.

Melton ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and showcased good route-running ability in college. Like Joshua Palmer in last year's draft, Melton has been a victim of poor quarterback play in college that has hampered his numbers and tape ahead of the draft.

Taking Melton here would be such a great pick for the Chargers. He does not have the pressure of being a very impactful receiver and if he does not live up to his potential he is only a fourth-round pick. However, if he does live up to his potential, the Chargers could be giving themselves a lethal weapon in the slot for Justin Herbert.