Chargers Draft

3 mid-round edge rushers for the LA Chargers to consider in 2022 NFL Draft

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2. Sam Williams, Ole Miss

This would be an example of the LA Chargers leaning into one side of the edge-rushing coin and drafting someone who would only have an impact on certain downs but would have a big impact. Sam Williams is one of the most exciting pass-rushers on the edge that is going to be available in the mid-rounds of the draft.

However, Williams also has a massive hole in his game when it comes to defending the run and early on in his career it is going to be really hard to play him more than situational snaps against the run. However, with Mack and Bosa on the roster, that is a lot easier to justify.

Williams is already refined as a pass-rusher coming into the league and in a reduced role that keeps him fresh he could make a big impact on third downs for the Bolts. While he projects to be an outside linebacker, the Chargers could get really creative on third downs by playing Williams next to either Bosa or Mack with one of the two lining up as a defensive end in the 3-4 defense.

Williams checks in as the 95th prospect on the consensus big board but as we know with the mid-rounds of the draft, all that matters is if a team likes someone. The Chargers are not going to think they are reaching 16 spots in the third round if they really like Williams.

The redshirt senior finished with 15 sacks in 2021 after picking up 32.5 in his three-year career as a starter.

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