Bolts bolster defense in first Chargers mock draft of 2022 offseason
By Jason Reed
In the third round of this LA Chargers mock draft, the Chargers select Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
The biggest offensive need that the LA Chargers have this offseason is the right tackle position. Bryan Bulaga is undoubtedly going to be released to free up cap space and Storm Norton is not the guy for the job. Norton finished the season with the second-most pressures allowed in the NFL and he probably would have finished first if he played all 17 games.
Drafting a tackle in the mid-rounds can be a bit tricky, though. The Chargers should prioritize defense in the draft because the defensive side of the ball was a liability. That makes it much harder to find a tackle that can start right away and be a sure thing.
That is why the Chargers should probably double down. Perhaps they sign a cheaper, solid veteran at right tackle (similar to Oday Aboushi) and draft someone in the mid-rounds to compete and potentially be the future of the position. With Trey Pipkins actually looking good, that is not a bad idea depth-wise.
Rasheed Walker would be a solid selection in the third round and he absolutely is someone who could win the starting job in year one.
There is a risk with Walker, though. Walker has some of the best physical traits in the entire draft but those traits have not translated into the kind of film that you would expect. NFL coaching could solve some of those holes, as well as moving to the right side of the line, but there is a world in which Walker does need that extra year to develop before starting.
The Chargers are now on the clock with their fourth-round pick in our first LA Chargers mock draft.