The LA Chargers added eight new players to the roster in the 2022 NFL Draft to cap off what has been an eventful offseason for the team. Tom Telesco and Brandon Staley have been very aggressive in the decisions the team has made this offseason and the Bolts are suited for a championship window.
Most fans seem to be happy with the 2022 draft class as there are some solid players to get excited about in the draft. Not every pick is going to pan out (that is impossible) but the hope is that this draft class can be as good, if not better, than the 2021 class. But what do we here at Bolt Beat think is going to happen?
Here are 4 bold predictions for the Chargers' 2022 draft class:
1. Zion Johnson makes 2+ Pro Bowls during his rookie contract
The LA Chargers may not have made the sexiest pick at 17 but they made a pick that is impossible to be upset with as the Bolts got even more protection for Justin Herbert. After taking tackle Rashawn Slater in the first round last year, the Chargers continued the offensive line trend with guard Zion Johnson.
Johnson was the best guard in the entire draft class and is most likely going to be the best from the class out of the gate. He is going to slot into the starting right guard spot for the Bolts and has all the makings of being a quality starter for years to come.
While he might not have the insanely productive rookie season that Slater had, he is still going to be very good and is going to build to something. In his first five years in the league, I predict that Johnson will be named to at least two Pro Bowl teams as he protects for Justin Herbert.
Not only does Johnson have the ability to make the Pro Bowl, but he is going to be protecting one of the best quarterbacks in the entire league in what should be one of the best offenses in the coming years. That will give him even more attention than he otherwise would have gotten.