LA Chargers mock draft: Predicting who will be on the board at 17

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1. Jacksonville Jaguars - Evan Neal, OT Alabama

Cam Robinson is slated to hit free agency and the Jaguars' offensive line wasn't good enough in 2021 anyways. Keeping franchise QB Trevor Lawrence upright should be the team's number one priority. Evan Neal steps in as a franchise cornerstone for the next decade.

2. Detroit Lions - Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE Michigan

After selecting Penei Sewell in the first round during the 2021 draft, adding to the trenches on the defensive side of the ball seems like a logical decision for Dan Campbell and the Lions. Hutchinson's endless motor suits the Lions' new culture to a tee, and selecting the hometown player seems like a shoo-in. The Lions get a legit threat on the defensive line for years to come.

3. Houston Texans - Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE Oregon

Houston is the most talent-deprived team in the NFL, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. In this scenario, Houston takes its J.J. Watt replacement and adds a freak athlete to start their defensive rebuild.

4. New York Jets - Kyle Hamilton, S Notre Dame

After allowing a league-high 504 points in 2021, second-year head coach Robert Saleh starts to rebuild his defense by taking the ultimate chess piece in Kyle Hamilton. Expect Hamilton to lineup all over the field in a multitude of positions, similarly to what Derwin James does for the Chargers.