As the 2022 NFL Draft gets closer and closer many Charger fans are running to their choice of mock draft simulator to piece together what the LA Chargers could do in the 2022 NFL Draft. This year's first-round selection — the 17th overall pick — is a bit less important than the previous two years. However, putting together a complete draft is still the most important thing.
This is a huge offseason for the Chargers. The Bolts are heading into their second offseason with Brandon Staley and in turn, the second season with Justin Herbert and Brandon Staley. There are recent trends of head coaches and elite young quarterbacks taking the leap together in year two and that is what the Bolts are hoping for.
However, there are too many roster holes that have to be improved this offseason to make that jump. That is what makes the 2022 NFL Draft so important for the Chargers.
But let's not forget about the Chargers' biggest rivals in the AFC West.
The Chargers obviously want the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders to have bad showings in the 2022 NFL Draft. The last thing that the Bolts want is for the Broncos to have another player like Patrick Surtain fall to them, or the Chiefs to land another elite second-rounder like Creed Humphrey.
There are certain first-round prospects that the Bolts should be hoping don't fall to their AFC West foes. These prospects are all in the realm of possibility (no Evan Neal to the Raiders) and would be the worst-case scenario for the Bolts.
In order of their selection in the first round, here is the Chargers' worst-case scenario for each AFC West foe in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.