Positions the LA Chargers should avoid in the 2022 NFL Draft: Tight end
The LA Chargers drafted Tre' McKitty in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft and do not need to double-up a tight end the following year. To be fair, there is a really good chance that Jared Cook does not return as he is on a one-year deal with the Bolts. However, there is still a chance that he returns as a veteran option in the room.
Next season should be all about Donald Parham and McKitty, though, Stephen Anderson is also a free agent and should be brought back by the Bolts, but they can only justify spending so much on a TE3. Anderson shouldn't have a huge market, though.
Parham has proven that he is legitimately reliable in the passing game and McKitty, as a rookie, is already the best blocking tight end on the team. He did not get his first chance until halfway through the season and while he has been saved for blocking roles, he has been great.
McKitty still showed some signs of being a vertical threat in college and should definitely be part of the offense. The math of Parham getting a bigger role and McKitty being a weapon in the passing game should equal out with the potential departure of Cook.
If the team needs to bring in a TE3 then they can sign a cheap blocking veteran in free agency and if they want a TE4 they can turn to an undrafted free agent or another cheap free agent. No need to spend draft capital.