Los Angeles Chargers Mock Draft Roundup 3.0
Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Los Angeles Chargers Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Los Angeles Chargers from several prominent sites and draft analysts.
The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Chargers:
EDSFootball - Hanson (1/1)
12. Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Justin Herbert has played as well as anyone could have expected in his rookie season. With Hunter Henry entering free agency this spring, Pitts provides some insurance if the team can't re-sign him, but he's a Darren Waller-type playmaker at the position that will help support Herbert's continued development in year two.
San Diego Union Tribune (12/31)
11. Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC
Three of the Chargers five starters on the offensive line are schedule to hit free agency -- in addition to injured Pro-Bowler Mike Pouncey. Vera-Tucker has been one of the best offensive tackles in the country, but could also shine on the interior in the NFL.
Touchdown Wire - Schofield (12/31)
12. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
One of the players that truly helped himself this season is Virginia Tech offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw. He was a starter almost immediately upon arriving at Blacksburg and has shown technical and physical growth during his entire time on campus. He was dominant at times in 2020 and showed true improvement in his pass-protection skills.
The Los Angeles Chargers have their franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert. Now they have to be sure to protect him. Darrisaw is a big part of that process.
PFF - Gayle (12/29)
12. Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Currently PFF's top-ranked cornerback and No. 14 overall player in the 2021 class, Farley is a fluid athlete with all the tools necessary to dominate at outside cornerback in the NFL. Before opting out of the 2020 season and declaring for the draft, the 6-foot-2, 207-pound Farley earned a 90.5 PFF coverage grade that ranked third among Power 5 cornerbacks in 2019.
CBS Sports - Wilson (12/29)
12. Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Horn, who opted out late in the season, is the son of Joe Horn, so he has NFL bloodlines. A physical, playmaking CB, Horn adds depth to a roster that could lose several CBs to free agency in the spring.
Pro Football Network - Miller (12/26)
12. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Slater's name is gaining traction as the media is finally paying attention to the film he put out in 2019. He could have easily gone earlier in this 2021 2-Round NFL Mock Draft. There are even some in the business that has Slater above Sewell as a prospect.
Here's the thing. Slater might have better tape than Sewell at times. He might be a better player now, but he's not a better prospect than Sewell. His dominance is because he's such a good football player, whereas Sewell is an outstanding athlete with an unbelievable mentality that has unreal potential.
Slater is a plug-and-play prospect and ready to help protect the future of the Chargers franchise in Justin Herbert.
PFF - Renner (12/23)
9. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Michael Davis has filled in admirably at outside corner across from Casey Hayward Jr. this year, but he hits free agency this spring and is no guarantee to stay. Even if he is re-signed, Hayward is turning 32 and is already showing signs of decline. Keeping that secondary a strength would be smart. Surtain may not have gaudy pick totals, but he's allowed only 551 yards on 931 coverage snaps over the past two seasons.
Bleacher Report - Miller (12/22)
9. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
A left tackle would solve a lot of problems, but again, there isn't a great value available. The cornerback position is an area of need. Surtain has an NFL pedigree and excellent length and has been asked to lock up elite playmakers in the SEC. He's ready.
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