Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Los Angeles Chargers 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 7.0

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:

ESPN - Mel Kiper (4/13)

17. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

The Chargers need a right tackle, but with Trevor Penning off the board, I don't feel great about the value here. In fact, my next tackle in this mock doesn't go off the board until No. 42. Let's move instead to another need for L.A. and fill it with Davis, who at 6-foot-6 and 341 pounds is used to being a hole-filler. He has unique physical tools for his size, and he makes everyone around him better because of the space he eats. This is how Brandon Staley's defense can level up in 2022.

The Draft Network - Keith Sanchez (4/13)

17. Drake London, WR, USC

I know the Chargers have two really good receivers but they play in the AFC West where they are going to need to score even more points. To help Justin Herbert do that, they draft USC receiver Drake London, who I believe has inside/outside versatility and should fit in well with a Chargers offense that likes to move their receivers to different alignments to dictate matchups. - Lance Zierlein (4/12)

17. Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

This could be a trade-in spot for someone else if tackles fly off the board at a quicker rate than projected. Otherwise, Penning is an easy plug-and-play option for the Chargers.

CBS Sports - Will Brinson (4/12)

17. Kenyon Green, IOL, Texas A&M

And the Chargers promptly take a different offensive lineman anyway.

[Comments from previous pick: "Moving up in early April to snipe the Chargers on an OL is pretty absurd, but here we are. Losing Terron Armstead means the Saints need to reload at the position."]

PFF - Anthony Treash (4/11)

17. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

The thought of Justin Herbert slinging deep bombs to Williams -- one of the fastest pass-catchers in this class -- is far too enticing to pass up.

While the Alabama receiver tore his ACL in their National Championship Game, he is expected to be ready to go around the start of training camp. He earned an 85.1 receiving grade in his lone season with the Crimson Tide after transferring over from Ohio State, and he also racked up an FBS-leading 12 20-plus-yard touchdowns.

ESPN - Jordan Reid (4/11)

17. Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

A receiver here could be a possibility, but protecting Justin Herbert is more valuable. After cutting Bryan Bulaga, the only right tackles on the roster are Storm Norton and Foster Sarell.

The Chargers struck gold with left tackle Rashawn Slater in Round 1 last season, and general manager Tom Telesco could get his right tackle of the future in Penning, who brings a tone-setting presence to the line.

CBS Sports - Ryan Wilson (4/11)

17. Kenyon Green, IOL, Texas A&M

Green can play outside or inside and at Texas A&M he lined up against some of the best defensive linemen and edge rushers in the country. The Chargers could go either tackle or guard here -- they have needs at both positions, but with four tackles already off the board, Green makes sense here.

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