4 bold predictions for the Chargers' 2022 draft class

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2. JT Woods finishes second in interceptions on the Chargers in 2022

The LA Chargers hired a defensive-minded head coach in Brandon Staley and the defense still struggled in 2021. The Chargers did not have the pieces to execute Staley's vision and were unable to force as many takeaways as Staley was preaching for before the season.

So what did the Chargers do? They completely reinvented the defensive side of the ball with several blue-chippers that can up the takeaway count for the Bolts. Khalil Mack is a menace to add to the defensive line and J.C. Jackson has been the best cornerback in the league in terms of picking off the football the last two seasons.

An overlooked addition in this regard is third-round pick JT Woods, who enters as the third safety on the team but is going to get plenty of playing time with Derwin James moving around the defense. While Woods is a bit raw in some of his tendencies, he adds much-needed speed to the safety position and is an absolute ball-hawk as well.

Woods has picked off eight passes in 23 games over the last two seasons with Baylor and with so much talent around him in coverage, Woods is going to be able to utilize his athleticism and his natural instincts to come away with the football.

I do not project to have some insane season where he intercepts the football eight times but I do think he will finish second on the team with 3-4 interceptions, right behind Jackson.