Bolts bolster defense in first Chargers mock draft of 2022 offseason

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In the fourth round of this LA Chargers mock draft, the Chargers select Tyreke Smith, EDGE, Ohio State

The LA Chargers drafted an EDGE in Chris Rumph last season and they should be inclined to bring Uchenna Nwosu back after a strong second half of the season. While the team might seem set at the position, this is a good spot to draft someone such as Tyreke Smith with the remaining prospects that were available on the board.

Kyler Fackrell is probably going to be gone and Smith would help add depth to the edge-rushing room in his absence. As we know about Brandon Staley, he loves to rotate players out and build a front line that can be versatile against the opponents they are playing. Building up the depth is so important to accomplish that.

That is what makes Smith an intriguing pick at this point in the draft: his versatility. He not only showed the skillset of a talented pass-rusher that can get pressure on the quarterback, but he was used in coverage, which the Chargers occasionally do with their edge rushers.

He also showed the ability to succeed on stunts and is someone who the team could use on the inside over a guard, like Joey Bosa. Simply put: he is someone who is malleable to what the Chargers want to do in certain situations against certain opponents. That is massive at this point in the draft.

The Chargers are now on the clock with their fifth and sixth-round picks in our first LA Chargers mock draft.