Bolts bolster defense in first Chargers mock draft of 2022 offseason
By Jason Reed
In the seventh round of this LA Chargers mock draft, the Chargers select:
232nd overall (projected): Rachaad White, RB, Arizona
Yes, the LA Chargers have drafted two late-round running backs in each of the last two years but with so many late-round picks, the team might as well draft another. Neither Joshua Kelly or Larry Rountree seem to have what it takes in the NFL and Kelley should probably be off the team in 2022. Rountree will get one more year and the Charger should draft a rookie for depth.
White had a pretty good season with Arizona State, picking up exactly 1,000 yards on the ground in 182 rushing attempts with 15 rushing touchdowns. He also hauled in 43 receptions for 456 yards and a touchdown.
The Chargers don't need a three-down back. They need someone who can fill in behind Austin Ekeler and (potentially) Justin Jackson, or whoever the RB2 is. Because of his dual-threat ability, White is that guy.
250th overall (projected): Danny Gray, WR, SMU
I previously wrote an article saying that the Chargers would not draft a receiver in the 2022 NFL Draft. However, with so many compensatory picks, the Bolts will probably end up drafting a late-round receiver for special teams value.
Brown is six-one with 4.3 40-yard-dash speed. Might as well take the chance on the athlete this late in the draft and see if something of value can come from him.
253rd overall (projected): Chase Lucas, CB, Arizona State
Lucas is not an elite athlete, but is someone who shows great football IQ and instincts already. His low ceiling will keep him on the board late in the draft but because of his football IQ, it wouldn't hurt to take him here and see where he can fill in on special teams or in sub packages down the line.
254th overall (projected): Braden Galloway, TE, Clemson
To be honest, this is more of a fun selection and I would not be shocked if Braden Galloway is an UDFA target for the Chargers. The Bolts need to continue adding to the tight end room to keep the depth going, especially with Stephen Anderson and Jared Cook being unrestricted free agents.
The Chargers should sign a tight end in free agency but that should not stop them from drafting one late in the draft or sign one as an UDFA with the intent of putting them on the practice squad and trying to develop them.
So why Galloway? He is an athlete. He started playing football his junior year of high school and was a tight end and quarterback. Before that, he was one of the best high school basketball players in his region in Arizona.
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