Sunday, March 13, 2022

Los Angeles Chargers 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 5.0

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 - Hanson (3/11)

17. Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

The last two years' first rounds have netted the Chargers a franchise quarterback (Justin Herbert) and a franchise left tackle (Rashawn Slater). This pick would shore up the right side long term. Not only did Bryan Bulaga play just 45 snaps in 2021, but the soon-to-be-33-year-old tackle will be a free agent next offseason. Penning has ideal length (34¼" arms), size, strength, toughness and temperament his coaches will appreciate.

CBS Sports - Fornelli (3/11)

17. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

As I said up top, in a vacuum, I'm not taking a run-stuffing defensive tackle in the first round of this draft, but it makes sense for the Chargers to do so. They just traded for Khalil Mack to pair with Joey Bosa, and that duo should provide all the pass-rush juice the team needs.

San Diego Union Tribune - Brown (3/10)

17. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

Only the Texans and Steelers allowed more rushing yards per game this season. At 6-foot-6, 340 pounds, the Outland and Bednarik trophy winner is an immovable object who could anchor the Chargers' run defense for years to come. His 4.78-second 40-yard dash in Indy suggests there's some potential as a pass disruptor as well.

The Draft Network - Crabbs (3/9)

17. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

You saw what Davis put on display this weekend, right? And you're aware that he plays nose tackle, a position the Chargers desperately need after allowing nearly 140 rush yards per game last season? Okay then, glad we're all on the same page.

ESPN - McShay (3/9)

17. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

There isn't much more to say about Davis' combine workout. It was one of the most impressive showings I've ever seen at the event. Running a 4.78 in the 40-yard dash and jumping 10-foot-3 in the broad jump at 341 pounds seemingly defies physics. If he keeps his weight in the 340-pound range, Davis is going to be a problem for offensive coordinators in the NFL. Against the run, he's a space-eater who plays with power. He sees double-teams regularly but still appears impossible to move off his spot.

That's all good news for the Chargers, who gave up 4.6 yards per carry last season (tied for the fifth-worst rate in the NFL) and lose defensive tackles Linval Joseph and Justin Jones to free agency. Davis' big-time combine showing cemented his top-20 status, but if he keeps up his conditioning and can get on the field more often in the pros, Los Angeles could have a steal at No. 17. - Zierlein (3/8)

TRADE - 20. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

The Chargers were terrible at stopping the run last season. That changes with the addition of the block-eating Davis, whose combination of size and athleticism should allow him to play anywhere along the line.

Touchdown Wire - Schofield (3/8)

17. Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Travon Walker is another of the Georgia players who had a huge week in Indianapolis, and his performance at the Combine has likely solidified his first-round status in the upcoming draft:

Now imagine that athleticism across from Joey Bosa.

NFL teams love when they can get pressure with four and play with the numbers in the secondary to their advantage. With Walker and Bosa, the Chargers take a step towards fulfilling that goal.

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