Chargers Draft

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

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Other defensive players who the LA Chargers could target at 17:

Devin Lloyd, LB - Utah

A special playmaker with talent that just jumps off the screen. A versatile, intelligent, and complete football player that can do it all. Great in run defense, excellent coverage ability, and gets after opposing QBs. He has all the skills and tools to be successful as a pro. Lloyd has a strong case for LB1 in this year's class. Unfortunately, it is entirely possible that the Chargers could lose Kyzir White in free agency.

David Ojabo, DE - Michigan

Although Uchenna Nwosu came on very strong at the back end of the season and just had his best year as a pro, he is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Should we see Nwosu not signed to an extension, edge could easily be prioritized by the Chargers in round one. It would be hard to envision Tom Telesco bringing in an Emmanuel Ogbah or a Randy Gregory through free agency, so if the team opts for a young cost-controlled player, David Ojabo is a name to watch out for.

He had barely even played at Michigan until this past season but he placed his name on the map with 11 sacks in 14 games. He was a massive part of Michigan's success in 2021. This is a player with excellent athletic ability and tremendous potential, he only started playing football in 2017! Considering what he has shown so far with such limited experience, it would be no surprise if he ends up being a steal.

Jermaine Johnson, DE - Florida State

Jermaine Johnson stole the show at the Senior Bowl, so much so that he has seemingly vaulted himself comfortably into the first round. He looks to be the biggest riser in the draft process so far, and a strong performance at the combine could really solidify him as one of the top edge prospects in the class. He is a ferocious pass rusher and posted 12 sacks this past season. Something that Chargers fans would appreciate about him in particular though, is his ability to set the edge and defend against the run.

Jordan Davis, DL - Georgia

One of the most mocked players to the Chargers, and my least favorite potential pick. Jordan Davis is an absolute unit and would provide immediate aid in run support to a defensive line that really needs a makeover. ESPN has him listed at 6-foot-6, 340 pounds.

As great as that is, it is no secret that he played limited snaps at Georgia, and may not be a three-down player that can also provide pressures with any consistency. There isn’t much value in taking an interior defender at 17th overall in this situation, especially with the talent that could be available at more premium positions. Some may point to Vita Vea being selected with the 12th pick in 2018, but you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone comparing Jordan Davis to Vita Vea.

In fact, his teammate Devonta Wyatt has been gaining steam following the Senior Bowl and looks as though he could end up leapfrogging Davis come draft day. Ultimately this is a position that can be addressed in free agency with some proven players available, or with other options outside of the first round. Travis Jones and Perrion Winfrey would be good examples of the latter.

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Special mentions would include George Karlaftis and Travon Walker, although it is hard to imagine that they’d fall to 17 at the moment. With a stacked edge class like this one though, anything is possible. We could see some surprising options pushed down the board come draft day, and the Chargers may benefit from a great prospect having a Derwin James-esque slide to pick 17, as was the case in 2018.