With the 85th pick in this LA Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA
Trade: Chargers receive 85th pick; Patriots receive 121st, 193rd, 252nd picks
The Chargers trade up for a fourth pick in the top 100 and if the team is able to do this then it absolutely should. Getting another prospect in the top 100 is far more impactful than the picks it is trading away for what the Bolts need. The Chargers are projected to have four extra compensatory picks in rounds six and seven. They can afford to trade a sixth and seventh-round pick to move up from 121 to 85.
The Patriots are in a different boat. They do not have many picks at all later in the NFL Draft and don't have the salary-cap space to fill out the rest of the roster. Getting younger players, especially as older players leave New England, is key.
The Chargers only have so many roster spots so it makes sense to trade up here, especially considering who they took. There was a run of tight ends at this point in the draft with the drop-off being big after this select group. With the 85th pick, the Chargers take someone they have already met with in Greg Dulcich.
The Chargers need tight end help and it is not projected to be in the spending that I outlined. Jared Cook is a free agent and even if the team is able to bring back Stephen Anderson they need to take a young tight end. The most likely scenario seems to be that Tre' McKitty and Donald Parham are the only ones who return.
Dulcich is not much of a blocker but that is fine with McKitty already being an elite run-blocking tight end. Instead, Dulcich has a lot of potential as a pass-catching tight end both with an impressive route tree and great hands.
Dulcich had a really good showing at the NFL Combine that included a 4.61 40-yard-dash time. He is someone with a dynamic skill set that can be an above-average pass-catcher at tight end.