With the 79th overall pick in this LA Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
This is perhaps the last chance for the LA Chargers to get a starting-caliber tackle in the 2022 NFL Draft and with that chance, they take Abraham Lucas out of Washington State. It would be a bit risky to go this far into the offseason without having a starting tackle but I think it is a risk the team is willing to take.
Why? The Chargers are probably more confident in Trey Pipkins than we realize. I understand that it is not popular among the fans but the team seemed to have a lot of confidence in Pipkins when Storm Norton was put on the COVID-19 list last year.
Pipkins came in and actually played really well at right tackle for the Chargers. Is he an ideal option to start at right tackle? No. But I think the team is comfortable enough with him as a depth option to wait until the third round and draft someone to fight for the position in training camp, especially if they sign a solid starting right guard.
Lucas was the starting right tackle in Washington State and he has shown the ability to be able to win the position in camp from Pipkins. While Lucas may not have any traits that blow your socks off right away, he appears to be a right tackle prospect with a relatively high floor in the NFL.
He is going to be a decent starting option at right tackle right away. Will he take his lumps as a rookie? Yes. Will he be as great as Rashawn Slater? No. Will he be far better than Storm Norton and give the Chargers someone who is cheap and will actually improve over time? Absolutely.
Lucas had a fairly good showing during Senior Bowl reps and we know how much Tom Telesco loves players who played in the Senior Bowl. If Lucas is on the board in the third round, and the Chargers still haven't taken a right tackle, it seems like a foregone conclusion that he will be the pick.