With the 79th pick in this LA Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
If the LA Chargers pass on taking a right tackle in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft then they probably cannot allow the third round to pass without taking a tackle. There is the outside chance that the team is high on Trey Pipkins and is comfortable with letting him and Storm Norton fight for the starting spot. However, after watching Week 18 last season, the Chargers should be worried about that approach.
Lucas is a great third-round target for the Chargers at tackle and to me, he is the cut-off for the Chargers getting a quality starting tackle in the draft. Lucas obviously does not have the ceiling of his first-round counterparts but he is good enough to come in and start in 2022.
It is well-documented that Tom Telesco has really valued players to do well in the Senior Bowl and Lucas had a good showing in the Senior Bowl drills back in February. That could have been enough to convince the Chargers to wait on tackle, instead targeting Lucas with the 79th overall pick.
Lucas is a far better pass-protector than he is a run-blocker and that is fine, the goal is to protect Justin Herbert. The Chargers have such a good left side of the line that they can run towards and when the Chargers run to the right they have a really good blocking tight end in Tre' McKitty that can help on the edge.
The Chargers have the pieces to mask some of Lucas's shortcomings as a rookie, making him a solid pick for the Bolts in round three.