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LA Chargers: A 5-year history of the 17th overall pick

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After falling just short of the playoffs in 2021, the LA Chargers have the 17th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. There are multiple directions that the team could go with the 17th overall pick and after signing Mike Williams, receiver does not seem to be one of them.

The great part about where the Chargers are in the draft is that there are several options at each potential area of need. Regardless of what direction the team goes, it should be able to land an impact player in a position of need.

As we have done every season prior to the NFL Draft, we like to take a trip down memory lane and see just how the Chargers' pick location has faired in recent drafts. With that, we bring you...

A five-year history of the 17th overall pick for the LA Chargers to look back on:

2021: Alex Leatherwood, OL, Las Vegas Raiders

The 17th overall pick was not a good one last season as the Las Vegas Raiders reached for an offensive lineman that was much lower than 17 on many big boards in Alex Leatherwood. While he still has plenty of time to figure it out in the NFL, Leatherwood's rookie season was not great.

Originally a tackle in college, the Raiders mostly played Leatherwood at guard and it still did not help his production. Leatherwood allowed 65 total pressures in 708 pass-blocking snaps played and was nothing special in run-blocking as well.

According to Pro Football Focus, Leatherwood's 65 pressures were the most among any guard in the league in 2021. He did play some at tackle that skews the numbers a bit but the fact of the matter is that Leatherwood was really bad for the Raiders and Charger fans should hope that continues.

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