Pre-Combine full Chargers mock draft: Bolts finally take WR in first round
Chargers mock draft round 2: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
EDGE might not seem like the most pressing need for the LA Chargers in the 2023 NFL Draft when they still have Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa on the roster. While that is a great duo, this is likely going to be Mack's last season with the team as he will be an obvious cap casualty next offseason.
Plus, the depth behind those two was pretty awful in 2022 and that has been the case for the Chargers for some time. It took a surprise breakout from Kyle Van Noy (who is a free agent) to keep the pass rush alive in 2022. That is not something that is sustainable for success.
Overall, the Chargers need to change their draft philosophy and that means drafting more pass rushers that can add depth and have the long-term rotation in mind. Los Angeles has drafted only two edge rushers since taking Joey Bosa in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Philadelphia Eagles have drafted an edge rusher in every draft for over a decade straight.
As far as Foskey is concerned, he is an extremely enticing prospect that would be great as a rotational option in year one. His physical traits and raw pass-rushing ability is really exciting. As he cleans up his technique with NFL coaching and becomes better on early downs against the run he should become a strong candidate to replace Mack in 2024.