Zion Johnson, Boston College
Boston College’s Zion Johnson can make an impact from day one for this Chargers team. Johnson is arguably the most talented, and pro-ready guard in this year's class.
From a technical standpoint, Johnson has all the makings of a quality NFL guard. He comes in at 6’3 and 312 pounds and is among the most athletic lineman in this year's draft. After playing in nearly 2300 offensive snaps since transferring to Boston College in 2019, Johnson has proven how effective he is in both run blocking and pass blocking.
The two seasons he spent at Davidson before transferring to Boston College undoubtedly helped him develop into the elite run blocker that he is now. While in the Davidson offense, Johnson was constantly forced to block in the run game as the offense was built around the triple-option.
In 2021, he finished with an 84.4 offensive grade according to PFF. This was the 13th best in division 1. In regards to both run blocking and pass blocking, he finished with grades of 81.6 and 84.4. Both were among the highest of all eligible players.
This past season Johnson logged 777 offensive snaps. 364 of those were plays where the offense threw the ball. In those plays, he allowed just one sack, two quarterback hits, and three pressures. He was also penalized just one time.
Much like last year's first-round pick Rashawn Slater, Johnson would immediately be an upgrade for this offensive line. Locking in a young guard for the foreseeable future could help solidify this Chargers offensive line.