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Chargers draft WR Cornelius Johnson with 110th pick

Another slight reach for a Michigan prospect that makes sense for the Chargers. With this pick (that the team obtained from the Keenan Allen trade), the Chargers add a much-needed depth wide receiver who can do the dirty work that the team needs.

Johnson has favorable traits and early on in his college career it looked like he would blossom into a top-100 draft prospect. Poor quarterback play and simply being overshadowed in Michigan's offense hurt his stock, but allowed the Chargers to get him here.

Johnson likely won't make much of an impact in the passing game as he would reasonably be the Chargers' WR5. However, he showcased excellent run-blocking skills at Michigan that will make him very valuable to the new identity that the Chargers are trying to craft, as well as make him a special teams threat.

Chargers draft OL Sataoa Laumea with 140th pick

This is this year's Jamaree Salyer/Jordan McFadden selection; an offensive lineman who has experience playing both guard and tackle, has played at a high level for a respected program, but falls in the draft because he is stuck between positions.

Laumea has offensive tackle skills with offensive guard size. We see this time and time again where getting stuck in between like this hurts someone's draft stock. But at the end of the day, the Chargers have benefitted from it before and can do so again.

Teams should be taking at least one offensive lineman in every single draft. Here is the Chargers' first, and it is not the last.