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Los Angeles Chargers Mock Draft Roundup 4.0


Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 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:

SI - Kevin Hanson (2/17)

17. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

Georgia has a loaded defense, but Davis was a big reason why the Bulldogs ranked top-three nationally in run defense in each of the past three seasons. Adding an elite run-stuffing nose tackle like Davis would go a long way toward shoring up the Chargers' run defense, which ranked 30th in Football Outsiders DVOA.

Yahoo! Sports - Eric Edholm (2/17)

17. Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Having Cross fall into their laps the way Rashawn Slater did a year ago could convince the Chargers to double down in Round 1 on a tackle. The need is still there, and Cross is one of the better pass protectors in this class. There are holes on defense, but Justin Herbert remains the ultimate priority.

Draft Wire - Luke Easterling (2/17)

17. Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

The offensive line needs help, but the Chargers also need a stud edge rusher to pair with Joey Bosa, and the value is better at that position in this scenario. Johnson was one of the biggest winners during Senior Bowl week, dominating in practice and proving himself as one of this year's best edge defenders.

ESPN - Todd McShay (2/16)

Trade - 20. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

In addition to the extra picks acquired via our mock trade, the Chargers would still get a massive space eater here to improve a woeful run defense. Their 4.6 yards allowed per carry tied for the fifth-worst rate in the NFL last season, and now defensive tackles Linval Joseph and Justin Jones are both free agents. Davis' 340-pound frame demands double-team attention, so in addition to clogging up rushing holes, he'd potentially open up some opportunities for Joey Bosa and Co. to get after the QB a little easier.

Fox Sports - Rob Rang (2/16)

17. Sean Rhyan, OT, UCLA

The Chargers' future looks bright with young quarterback Justin Herbert taking his game to another level this past season. A huge part of Herbert's success was the immediate impact made by last year's first-round pick, Rashawn Slater, a plug-and-play star at left tackle.

Rhyan, one of the more underrated blockers in this class, starred on the blindside himself for the Bruins but has the frame and physicality to project nicely at right tackle or even inside at guard. With injuries and inconsistency again hampering the Chargers on the right side of their line in 2021, L.A. might opt to go back to the draft for reinforcements, perhaps finding that a local product would be the perfect addition.

USA Today - Nate Davis (2/15)

17. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

If the Bolts had had this brick wall of a man in Week 18 to plug their porous running lanes, they might have moved on to the playoffs.

The Ringer - Danny Kelly (2/15)

17. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

The Chargers had a comically terrible run defense in 2021, surrendering 2,361 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground (both in the bottom five of the league). Davis is exactly what this team needs to get that part of the defense back on track, and he brings the added bonus of some untapped pass rush upside. With Justin Jones, Linval Joseph, and Christian Covington all scheduled to be free agents, Davis should start right away―and could get some reps as a goal-line fullback, too.

The Draft Scout - Matt Miller (2/14)

17. Devonte Wyatt, IDL, Georgia

It's very tempting to think about the Chargers' offensive line here or even another receiver, but Brandon Staley needs a better defensive tackle in the mix and Devonte Wyatt is the best in the draft class. At 310 pounds, he's expected to run in the 4.7-second range in the 40-yard dash and was a huge, constant, three-down force for the Dawgs' defense.

NFL.com - Chad Reuter (2/14)

17. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

The Chargers get their new nose tackle in Davis, who moves smaller offensive linemen out of his path and possesses better quickness to attack gaps than expected, given his 6-6, 340-pound frame.

PFF - Mike Renner (2/14)

17. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

The defensive interior is easily the Chargers' biggest need heading into 2022, as teams ran through them like a hot knife through butter last season. Davis may not be a three-down player, but he is as good as it gets in run defense.

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