NFL Draft 2022: Los Angeles Chargers Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Los Angeles Chargers Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Los Angeles Chargers Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Los Angeles Chargers draft analysis, needs, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach


NFL Draft 2022: Los Angeles Chargers Draft Analysis

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Los Angeles Chargers Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022

1 (17) OG Zion Johnson, Boston College
3 (79) S JT Woods, Baylor
4 (123) RB Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M
5 (160) DT Otito Ogbonnia, UCLA
6 (195) OG Jamaree Sayler, Georgia
6 (214) WR Ja’Sir Taylor, Wake Forest
7 (236) CB Deane Leonard, Ole Miss
7 (260) FB Zander Horvath, Purdue

Los Angeles Chargers Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

Did the Chargers do enough to help the lines? Ehhhhhh sort of. It was a huge call to take OG Zion Johnson at the 17, and it would’ve been interesting to have seen if Georgia DT Jordan Davis would’ve been the call if he were around. Johnson is a clean pick – he’ll be an instant starter. However …

– The team didn’t do much else to address various needs. There wasn’t anything happening at receiver, and the three picks for the secondary were all mid-to-late round fliers. That makes the Johnson pick that much bigger – he was the only one until the mid-third.

– There might have been two sneaky-good picks who might help the cause. Isaiah Spiller is an excellent running back who has the talent to be the No. 1, and Purdue FB Zander Horvath is a blaster in the seventh round who might fill a whole lot of holes.

 

 

Los Angeles Chargers Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft

Best Value Pick: 5 (160) DT Otito Ogbonnia, UCLA

Biggest Reach: 1 (17) OG Zion Johnson, Boston College

Late Flier That Might Work: 7 (260) FB Zander Horvath, Purdue

Los Angeles Chargers Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

– Offensive line, offensive line, offensive line. Oh sure, the Chargers could use a defensive tackle – and I actually think they might go that way at the 17 – and a good young wide receiver would be great, but free agency hasn’t helped the offensive line issues and getting the best blocker on the board is a must.

– If it’s not at the 17, then the Chargers will be in trouble. You can’t count on getting a good starting offensive lineman in the third round – the 79 is their second pick.

– After crushing the 2018 draft, the Chargers have been fantastic in the early rounds and got little to nothing after the second round over the last three drafts. Grand slam with Justin Herbert in 2020 and Rashawn Slater in 2021, so …

So who’ll be there in the first round for Los Angeles? It’s not a need, but if Georgia DT Jordan Davis slides to the 17, how do you not do that and then figure out the O line somewhere else? That’s not going to happen.

Mississippi State OT Charles Cross, Northern Iowa OT Trevor Penning, Texas A&M OG Kenyon Green. One of those three will probably be a Charger.

Los Angeles Chargers 2021 Draft Picks

1 (13) OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
2 (47) CB Asante Samuel, Jr., Florida State
3 (77) WR Josh Palmer, Tennessee
3 (97) TE Tre McKitty, Georgia
4 (118) LB Chris Rumph, Duke
5 (159) OT Brenden Jaimes, Nebraska
6 (185) LB Nick Niemann, Iowa
6 (198) RB Larry Rountree, Missouri
7 (241) S Mark Webb, Georgia

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