The Los Angeles Chargers were so close to making the playoffs this season but fell just short in the season finale against Las Vegas. They have the most important piece, one of the best young passers in the NFL, Justin Herbert. They also added one of the best pass rushers in the league, Khalil Mack, in a trade with the Bears.
The Chargers currently have ten draft picks. They only have two in the first 100 picks.
Let’s see how it plays out.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: 7-ROUND MOCK DRAFT
1-17: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
If Penning were to fall to 16, the Los Angeles Chargers should sprint to the podium with Usain Bolt speed. After hitting a home run last season with Rashawn Slater, they can solidify the right side with a nasty blocker like Penning.
3-79: Kellen Diesch, OT, Arizona State
Diesch has seen his star rise after a tremendous combine. He played offensive tackle for the Sun Devils but likely projects inside to guard in the NFL because of his arm length (32 1/4″). Pairing Diesch with Penning will give the Chargers, potentially, one of the most athletic right sides in the league.
4-123: Matthew Butler, DL, Tennessee
Butler tested great in the speed and explosion portions of the Combine (not so great in the agility drills). He has pass-rush upside on the interior. He had five sacks this season at Tennessee.
THE REST OF THE DRAFT
5-160: Jeffrey Gunter, EDGE, Coastal Carolina
6-195: Ty Chandler, RB, North Carolina
6-214: Jalen Nailor, WR, Michigan State
7-236: Cade York, K, LSU
7-254: Decobie Durant, CB, South Carolina State
7-255: Chance Campbell, LB, Mississippi
7-256: Blaise Andries, G, Minnesota