With the 160th pick in this LA Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select Matt Henningsen, IDL, Wisconsin
Phidarian Mathis is my personal favorite mid-round IDL for the LA Chargers to target in the 2022 NFL Draft but in this Chargers mock draft, there was not a point where it made sense to take him. Thus, the Chargers wait until the fifth round and add the final touch to the defensive line, taking Wisconsin's Matt Henningsen.
The Chargers have made some key additions to the defensive line this offseason but are still one addition away. Jerry Tillery still cannot be used against the run and while Breiden Fehoko and Christian Covington have shown flashes in limited playing time, they should not be fully trusted without a contingency plan.
Henningsen is by no means someone who is going to come in and be elite for the Chargers but he is a versatile piece that fits nicely in what the Bolts need to do. With the addition of Sebastian Joseph-Day, the Chargers really should be looking to add someone who can play DE in a 3-4 scheme and that is exactly what Henningsen provides.
What makes Henningsen intriguing is his versatility to play anywhere inside on the defensive line in any technique, similar to Austin Johnson. He is a capable run defender and is a fine bull-rushing interior defensive lineman in passing downs. Henningsen is not elite in any area, but his ability to produce against both the run and pass is very valuable in itself.