Chargers Draft

Exploring potential first round picks for the Chargers in 2022 NFL Draft

Ricardo Rodrigues
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Cornerbacks the LA Chargers could target at 17:

Trent McDuffie, CB - Washington

After an underwhelming season defensively and the lack of DB depth really showing its effects, the Chargers could and should address the cornerback position. Michael Davis has not played to the level expected of a quality starter, and Chris Harris became a liability too often. With Harris likely not returning to the team next year and Davis still struggling to find consistency, a freaky athlete with an exceptional ability like McDuffie would be a great addition to this defense.

Per PFF, McDuffie allowed "only 16 catches from 36 targets for 111 yards with no scores and five pass breakups.” He was exceptional this past season. He does lack length, standing at 5-foot-11, but that has yet to hinder his performance on the field.

Andrew Booth Jr, CB - Clemson

Booth has shown some insane ball skills, he definitely has had his fair share of highlight-reel plays. This is a prospect that has some really quick feet and he looks to be a great athlete, I would expect him to do well at the combine. He’s listed at 6 feet tall and may offer a bit more length than a player like McDuffie.

This could be a factor, and I would be curious to see the arm length measurements of both players. Any corner prospect the Chargers may be targeting in the first round would likely be at least somewhat influenced by starter Asante Samuel Jr, who does not have the prototypical size for an outside cornerback. So, it would be hard to imagine the team not valuing traits like height and arm length if they really do see cornerback as the best option here at 17. I also would not expect them to select a player meant to play exclusively in the slot this high in the draft.

Kaiir Elam, CB - Florida

Outside of Derek Stingley Jr and Ahmad Gardner, who are both projected top ten picks, there is a lack of length at the top of this cornerback class. This could be to Elam’s benefit, he is 6-foot-2 and listed at 196 pounds with a very solid frame. Elam entered the 2021 season with a ton of steam and there was a buzz around him potentially being the CB2 of the class.

Since then though, players like Ahmad Gardner have emerged and captured all of that attention. Coming out of the SEC he has valuable experience playing against NFL talent, and he was dominant against Alabama this year. Elam plays with brute physicality and has all the potential you could hope for.

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