Draft Day is just a week away, and the LA Chargers are sitting pretty at Pick #17 to land a quality talent in one of a few different position groups.
There are many ways the Bolts could go with their first selection, but I believe the choice should be narrowed down to three specific players. Here are what I believe to be three optimal picks for the Bolts at Pick #17 in no particular order....
3 optimal first-round selections for the LA Chargers:
Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
The Chargers have done a lot of work already this offseason in shoring up their defensive front in adding, not just Khalil Mack to the outside rush group, but also their weakness in run-stopping with the additions of Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson.
Now, while it's fairly certain Joseph-Day is the guy slated to lock down the nose tackle position to begin the season, for some reason I just cannot shake the notion of Jordan Davis sitting right there at #17 begging the Chargers to take him (not literally, of course).
Davis is the best nose tackle in this draft class by many people's objective opinion including my own.
His athleticism in the "40" demonstrates just how much defensive tackles are maturing and learning to play explosively with so much weight they're already carrying. Davis at 340+ lbs. ran himself a 4.78 at the combine, as I'm sure you're all aware of by now.
That kind of athleticism really contributes to his forward speed in rushing the quarterback, making him a legit pass-rushing threat in addition to being a run-stopper.
Pure nose tackles are typically few and far between nowadays, but I think we can look no further than a high nose tackles pick that has seemingly worked out in Vita Vea over in Tampa Bay. That was a pick by the Bucs that was meant with scrutiny. I sure as hell was scratching my head at how Jason Licht could pass on Derwin James to take Vea.
But to Licht's credit, and also Vea's, Tampa is a Super Bowl champion with Vea leading a major part of it on the defensive side.
It would be a "more the merrier" kind of pick to take Jordan Davis here, but the more I think about it, more pass-rushing and run-stopping is rarely a bad thing.