Chargers News: Bolts host obvious draft target for a private visit

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The LA Chargers have navigated free agency in a great way this offseason as Joe Hortiz has been able to address various roster holes with savvy signings. This offseason has not had the huge signing that Tom Telesco always seemed to make, but the additions the team has made have been smart.

There are still a few holes that the team has to plug on the roster, namely at the wide receiver position. While the front office continues to fill these voids, it also has to look ahead to the 2024 NFL Draft and what may be in store.

With the fifth-overall pick in what is looking like a deep draft class, the Chargers have the ability to completely turn the roster around with a good draft class. If the Chargers can make several good selections then there won't be any kind of rebuild. The team can instantly be much better right away.

Since he is coming directly from the University of Michigan, Jim Harbaugh and the Chargers have been tied to just about every Wolverine in the draft. The most obvious of which has been running back Blake Corum, who will officially have a private meeting with the team (h/t The Rich Eisen Show).

Chargers confirm obvious interest in Blake Corum with private meeting

One of the biggest needs heading into the offseason was the running back position. Los Angeles started that rebuild at running back by signing Gus Edwards but that alone is not going to be enough. The Chargers are also going to have to add a running back in the draft.

There are a lot of talented running backs in the middle rounds of the 2024 NFL Draft, including another back who has a different connection to this Chargers coaching staff. But even with that connection also existing, Corum has always been the favorite to come to LA.

Corum was one of the most productive running backs in college football and out of all the mid-round options, he will probably be the most NFL-ready. He has the most experience of anyone in the mid-rounds and is the oldest, which will help him transition to the NFL.

In terms of four-year ceilings, Corum does have a lower ceiling than most other mid-round backs. However, he also has a much higher floor and also has the advantage of being familiar with what Harbaugh wants to do offensively.

Schematically, the Chargers might be better off taking a different running back who varies a bit more from what Edwards brings to the table. Additionally, the Chargers would be foolish to reach for Corum and take him in the third round, which might be a necessity if they want to bring him in.

If Corum can be drafted with one of the two fourth-round picks the Chargers have then it would be a sensible move for the team. But anything higher than that would be a mistake, especially considering there are other talented backs who the Chargers definitely can take in the fourth round.