Chargers Draft

3 bold predictions for the LA Chargers in the 2022 NFL Draft

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What the LA Chargers draft could look like with these bold predictions:

This is not a full Chargers mock draft and we are not using any of the mock draft simulators. This is purely conjecture on what the team's draft class could look like if my bold predictions do come true.

Of the four prospects that can fall to the Bolts at 17, Stingley is the most likely so we will assume that he is the one who falls to LA. That removes the need for a corner in round three, with the team likely taking a tackle or guard (with the intent of moving Matt Feiler to right tackle). Bolts take best available tackle or guard in the third round, with tackle Abraham Lucas probably being the best-case scenario.

Then in round four, we have two picks to play with. Bo Melton will be one of the picks as the Chargers need speed in the receiver room and he is a mid-round receiver with speed that every Charger fan should become familiar with. Melton is going to be one of the better mid-round receivers taken this year, especially if he lands on a team like the Bolts.

With the other fourth-round pick the Chargers take the second of two cornerbacks. Someone like Coby Bryant or Josh Jobe could be available at this point in the draft and would give the Chargers another solid, young cover corner to shore up that position and keep Tevaughn Campbell from playing.

For simplicity's sake, we will assume that the Chargers traded their fifth and first sixth-round selection for that fourth. With their compensatory sixth-round pick the Bolts take Ty Chandler, who is by far my favorite late-round running back prospect. You can fill in the blank with whatever late-round running back they like, though.

With four picks in the seventh round, the Chargers load up on depth and special teams value. The team drafts a linebacker, EDGE and safety, all of which can add special teams value in year one. The non-defensive pick is a depth offensive lineman.

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