3 positions Chargers could draft in first round of 2024 NFL Draft (and 2 to avoid)

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With a loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12 the LA Chargers fell to 4-7 on the season and any hopes of a playoff run officially died. While the Chargers are not statistically eliminated from the playoffs, it is very hard to see this team winning six straight games, which is what it would take to make the playoffs.

As a result, fans have started to look ahead toward the future both in the talent the team might try to bring in as well as a potential change at head coach. Nobody wanted to look ahead to the 2024 NFL Draft in late November, but here we are.

This has started the discourse around who the team might try and target in the first round. While this roster has many needs that may need to be addressed, certain needs definitely won't be targeted in the first round.

Chargers could draft a tight end in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft

Tight end makes the cut of positions the Chargers could draft for one reason and one reason only: Brock Bowers. After not taking a tight end in a historically deep tight end class last year, the Chargers could get someone who is better than all of the guys who were drafted last year.

Bowers is the best tight end prospect since Kyle Pitts and you could make the case that he is the better well-rounded prospect. He may not have the insanely high pass-catching ceiling that Pitts had (although it is still very high) but he is a better blocking prospect, making him one of a kind.

If Bowers is off the board before the Chargers pick then there is no chance that they take a tight end. Heck, with other positions being bigger needs, the Chargers could even still pass on Bowers in favor for another prospect. That wouldn't be popular, but it wouldn't be super surprising.

But at the end of the day, we have to consider tight end a possibility simply because of how special Bowers is.