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LA Chargers mock draft: 5 potential first-round targets in 2022 NFL Draft

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3. Zion Johnson, G, Boston College

The LA Chargers picked an offensive lineman with their first-round pick in the 2021 NLF Draft and they could continue that trend in 2022 by picking another offensive lineman. They might not be the sexiest picks a team can make but just look at the massive impact Rashawn Slater is having on the left side.

There are two potential areas that the Chargers could address in the first round. The team could either draft a guard that would essentially replace Oday Aboushi, who is out for the season with a torn ACL, on the starting line.

The team could also draft a right tackle to replace Storm Norton and Bryan Bulaga, who is likely to be cut after this season. Both routes are fine, although I would say the guard route is slightly more likely.

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Norton has not been all that bad at right tackle and I would not be shocked if the team signs him to start again in 2022 and drafts a tackle in the mid-rounds to be the team's swing tackle. Norton is definitely a better potential 2022 option than what the team has at right guard.

Zion Johnson would be an exceptional addition to the Bolts' offensive line. He initially played left tackle and thrived for Boston College but transitioned to left guard because of his size. With his experience in the left side, I don't hate the idea of putting him next to Slater and playing Matt Feiler at right guard full-time.

Johnson is one of the most polished guards in the 2022 class and his experience in playing tackle helps. While the Bolts won't start him there, the team obviously values versatility and Johnson adds exactly that.