4 takeaways from the LA Chargers' selections in the 2022 NFL Draft

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3. The LA Chargers are higher on Joshua Palmer than most believed

There was a large portion of Charger fans who wanted the team to take a receiver with the 17th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. However, when none of the elite prospects fell to the Bolts at 17 it was no longer in the equation. Would the Chargers have taken Chris Olave if he fell to 17? The world will never know.

What we do know is that the Chargers did not take a receiver in the entire draft class despite having multiple opportunities to do so. The Bolts could have taken speedster Calvin Austin in the third round of the draft and had plenty of chances to take Bo Melton in the later rounds.

Both Austin and Melton would have added serious speed to a receiving corps that does not have much of that. The Chargers didn't do it and in the process, they showed that they have more faith in Joshua Palmer than fans may have realized.

This faith is well-placed as well. While Palmer may not be a burner, he really showed flashes of promise in the chances that he did get as a rookie last season. In the last five games of the season, he had three games with at least four receptions, 40+ receiving yards and one touchdown.

Palmer is only going to get better in his second season as he takes more responsibility as the WR3 with Jalen Guyton likely getting less playing time. While he might not be flashy or have the game-breaking speed that fans want, it is clear that the team is comfortable with Palmer and fans should be as well.