Route 3: The LA Chargers draft a first-round corner, sign a cheap depth veteran
This route is essentially the opposite of what the team would be doing in the first route. Instead of signing a more expensive cornerback and drafting a depth option later in the 2022 NFL Draft, this would see the Chargers take a cornerback in the first round of the draft and sign a cheap veteran for depth.
This would allow the Chargers to spend big in other areas of the roster. Instead of bringing in Jackson, the Chargers could re-sign Kyzir White, sign someone like Sebastian Joseph-Day and make another decent-sized signing as well.
It would also give the team a potential CB1 that could be cheap for the next four years, allowing more flexibility in future offseasons to make other moves if needed. Of course, this runs a bigger risk of not working out as Jackson is a sure commodity while a rookie corner could very well not work out.
The Chargers would also be planting their flag on a cornerback if they go this route. If all the Bolts sign is a veteran corner for cheap then it would be pretty apparent that they plan on taking a corner in round one. If Trent McDuffie and other first-round options are off the board, with no second-round pick, the Chargers would have to reach for someone that they might not value at 17.
In terms of the cheap veteran options, Bryce Callahan is another player with ties to Brandon Staley that is not projected to get a big deal. Kyle Fuller could be another one-year flier for the team to take after a bad season in 2021.