Chargers Draft

Chargers: The worst-case first-round pick for each AFC West foe

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Charles Cross
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Las Vegas Raiders: Charles Cross

Despite making a bad selection and taking Alex Leatherwood in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Las Vegas Raiders really need to shore up the right side of the offensive line. While the Raiders have several roster needs to consider, that is perhaps the most glaring for Josh McDaniels and co.

Those that read my work here at Bolt Beat might remember that Charles Cross is my best-case scenario for the LA Chargers with the 17th overall pick. While some are higher than Cross on others, it does feel like he is a mid-first-round pick and could fall to the Chargers at 17.

However, he could also fall to the Raiders at 22 considering who is after the Chargers. Both the Saints and Steelers may take the "stay still and take a quarterback" approach that the New England Patriots did last year and with so many talented receivers, an offensive tackle like Cross could easily fall through the cracks.

This would be a double negative if Cross fell to the Raiders. Not only would this mean that the Chargers did not get him (instead opting to draft Jordan Davis, a receiver, or whatever direction the team takes) but that means that the Raiders did get him.

Cross is probably the best tackle in this draft outside of the elite tier at the top of the draft (Neal, Ikem Ekwonu). We don't want the Raiders to get that luxury.