Pre-Combine full Chargers mock draft: Bolts finally take WR in first round

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Chargers mock draft round 6: Alex Forsyth, C, Oregon

We waited until the sixth round to take an offensive lineman, indicating that this mock draft is done under the assumption that the Chargers re-signed Trey Pipkins to start at right tackle. In doing so, the Chargers would cement their starting offensive line as Rashawn Slater-Jamaree Salyer-Corey Linsley-Zion Johnson-Pipkins.

The team still needs a swing tackle and personally, I would like to see them take a tackle earlier in the draft instead of a running back. But this is based on what we think the team will do, not necessarily what we would do in a perfect world.

Instead, they get interior offensive line depth with a really strong (and overlooked) center in Alex Forsyth. Forsyth has showcased incredible strength on the inside for Oregon and even did well against some of the best interior rushers in college last season.

As far as tackle goes, the Chargers would probably have to find a cheap veteran to sign for the minimum to be the swing tackle. That or trade down so they can have the best of both worlds, but Tom Telesco has never done that.

Chargers mock draft round 7: Charlie Thomas, LB, Georgia Tech

Here in the late rounds, the Chargers are looking for someone who could have special teams value and philosophically fit what the team wants to do on defense. Charlie Thomas checks both of those boxes for the Bolts.

He would not have a defensive impact in year one but he has the traits to be a solid special teams player as early as year one. As far as his defensive ability, Thomas has serious potential as a coverage linebacker who could play on passing downs for the Bolts in year two and beyond.

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He is not nearly as polished as Kyzir White as coming into the league, but Thomas has similar traits that the Chargers could look to develop.