With the 2022 NFL Draft coming in a little over a month, fans are rightfully excited about the potential future starters that will be joining the LA Chargers.
Players like Jordan Davis and Devin Lloyd have been at the forefront of draft discussions among fans, but what under-the-radar players are going to be available on day 3 of the draft that might get Charger fans excited about tracking their development?
Here are three potential late-round targets for the Chargers who have the highest upside:
1. Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
Inconsistent linebacker play has plagued the Chargers for years now. Kyzir White played well in 2021 but his status is currently unknown in regards to whether or not he will be returning to Brandon Staley's defense.
Drue Tranquill has also been solid, while he is healthy. Linebacker is certainly a position that the Chargers should look at upgrading in the 2022 NFL Draft. The only problem is that early-round options might not be available. The Chargers are most likely going to draft a right tackle or an interior defensive lineman in the first round. This means that building linebacker depth in later rounds is going to be essential.
Chad Muma was a highly productive prospect coming out of Wyoming, recording over 80 solo tackles along with 3 interceptions during his senior campaign. Muma tested well at the combine, measuring in at 6' 3'' 239 while running a 4.63 40 yard dash along with his ultra-impressive 40-inch vertical.
While he is a great athlete, there are definitely some glaring issues that he needs to improve on. He isn't the best at getting skinny and avoiding collisions while pursuing a ball carrier. He should fall to the third day in the draft and be able to make an instant impact on special teams.
Developing him along with Nick Niemann could lead to the Chargers having two large-framed, ultra-athletic linebackers starting alongside each other in the next few years.