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3 surprising decisions the LA Chargers could make in the 2022 NFL Draft

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3. The LA Chargers take a linebacker in the first round

Personally, I do not think this is going to happen and that is why it ranks third on the list (indicating that it is the most unlikely of the surprising moves). However, it still certainly would be a surprise and the Bolts very well could end up taking a linebacker at pick 17.

The Chargers just let Kyzir White walk for a painfully low number and while the team absolutely should have re-signed him at $5 million, the writing was on the wall all offseason. Linebackers are not valued much in Brandon Staley's defense.

The problem is that the linebacker room is now a disaster. Drue Tranquill is an average-at-best linebacker while Kenneth Murray played really poorly last season. Sure, Murray is young and he could, in theory, turn it around. But the former Oklahoma Sooner has not shown anything to indicate that will happen.

That lack of depth could make it easier for the Chargers to take a more cost-controlled option that they think can be as good if not better than White in this defense. There is only one situation in which this happens, though.

The only way that the LA Chargers draft a linebacker at 17 is if they are really high on one of the linebacker prospects in the draft and that prospect is there at 17. Tom Telesco has historically drafted the best player available in the first round and if they have Nakobe Dean or Devin Lloyd graded out much higher than any other potential selection then that very well could be the pick the team makes.

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Would it upset some fans? Definitely. Would it be shocking? Absolutely. But with Telesco's track record of taking the best player available, it cannot be completely ruled out.