4 solid prospects that got extremely close to falling to the LA Chargers

2022 NFL Draft - Round 1
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Coby Bryant
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3. Coby Bryant and Damarri Mathis, fourth round

Heading into day three of the 2022 NFL Draft there were two cornerback prospects that I was crossing my fingers would fall to the LA Chargers with the 123rd overall pick. Cincinnati's Coby Bryant and Pittsburgh's Damarri Mathis were two solid picks that absolutely were worth taking at 123.

Bryant went quite a few picks before the Chargers were on the board as the Seattle Seahawks took him with the 109th selection. Bryant may not have as high of a ceiling as some of the early-round cornerback prospects, but he is more than capable of being an above-average CB2 in the league and is going to be really good right away.

Mathis fell closer to the Chargers but was ultimately taken by another AFC West team, the Denver Broncos. Denver took Mathis with the 115th overall pick to take away the two best corners remaining on the board for the Bolts.

The Chargers then drafted the best running back available to finally get an RB2 in Spiller. Those that have read my work know that I do not hate Spiller as a player as he is talented, I simply don't like the fit on the Chargers and where the team took him. As mentioned, I would have much rather seen the team wait a round and take Ty Chandler in the fifth.

Maybe that was the Chargers' plan and the plan was to draft one of these two corners at 123 and they simply did not fall. It would make sense that the Bolts would take one of these two corners over Spiller, especially considering the Chargers took two late-round corners in rounds sixth and seven.

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Unfortunately, Ja'Sir Taylor and Deane Leonard are not going to have big impacts on the Bolts in year one, so cornerback depth is still a bit of an issue. If Bryant or Mathis fell to 123, it wouldn't be as much of an issue.