Multiple Mock Drafts from different scenarios.

Mock Drafts

There are 2 different ways the draft can go for the Chargers, one scenario involving selecting the quarterback of the future and the other one without. Without would mean that the team truly intends to keep their word and go with Tyrod Taylor. Myself along with Adam Sadigh will present to you both scenarios each from our own perspective. That’s right you’ve hit the jack pot and will get 4 different mock drafts in one.

QB Mock

Zach Adams perspective

6. Justin Herbert, QB Oregon

There is plenty to love about Justin Herbert and his 6’6” 240 pound frame. Herbert posseses a big arm along with a great ability to run the ball in a RPO scheme (run pass option) along with the ability to evade the pocket all while still was getting a throw off down field while rolling out. Some say he is too shy to lead an NFL team but seeing as how he played college ball in his hometown where he grew up all of his life I believe he is just in his comfort zone a bit too much. Moving away from home to a new city will help Herbert to grow up a bit more. However he is already a very well-spoken kid. People have their concerns about him as well and rightfully so. Herbert can’t help the fact that he was in a dink and dunk system and was doing what the coach asked of him. Going back and watching game tape I have to say that throughout his last season at Oregon his receivers dropped an awful lot of catchable balls as well. I would however recommend that it would be in his best interest to sit, learn, and adjust for his rookie season. This gives him time to get caught up to speed on the things that held him back at Oregon. It’s hard not to see the giant upside here.

37. Ezra Cleveland,OT Boise ST

It’s been no secret that the team’s biggest weakness has been the tackle position. After signing free agent Bryan Bulaga to play right tackle all that is left to do is replace the recently shipped of Russell Okung. This just so happens to be one of the best tackle draft classes in years so in the scenario the team picks a quarterback in the first round the Chargers could be lucky enough to snag a first round talent at the top of the second due to the depth of the position. If the team even wanted to trade up a few spots to ensure getting Cleveland I would be all for it.

71. Jordan Elliott, DT Missouri

Despite the signing of Linval Joseph the team still only has 3 defensive tackles on the roster and something tells me that Jerry Tillery isn’t going to be a giant amount better than he was last year. Although we hope a visible improvement is made. If not however then it leaves the team with a glaring need and you can never have enough good defensive linemen. It is my belief that Elliot is a much better gap controlling prospect than Tillery is/was.

112. A.J. Dillion, RB Boston College

While the team still has Justin Jackson and Austin Ekeler on the roster it still lacks both a fullback and a true power back. Well with the selection of Dillion you can kill two birds with one stone. I can envision Dillion in a Mike Tolbert type of role where he plays both fullback and tailback. He would be a huge asset in short yard situations which was an area the bolts struggled in last season.

151. James Proche, WR SMU

The team is in need of a slot receiver to compliment Allen and Williams on the outside. While Proche isn’t the exact burner type you would typically look for in the slot, he possess great ability to come up with contested passes on a regular basis. In fact the way he wins jump ball scenarios and comes down with one handed snags you would think he is a big bodied outside receiver. He would have to get accustomed to a different route tree being moved inside. Some may shy away from his 5’11” frame because he doesn’t have elite speed to go with it, but you simply can’t measure his alpha gene. His 207 catches and 27 touchdowns the last 2 seasons point to that.

186. Dane Jackson, CB Pitt

The Chargers seem set at the corner position but some depth here to go on the outside would be nice. Also the team has 4 corners on the roster and a team always carries 5 minimally. Jackson has decent size at 6ft 200 pounds and works well in both man coverage and zone. He proved to win constantly in one on one drills at the senior bowl against players who are excepted to be drafted much higher than Jackson. This bodes well for a guy like that if he were to land with the DB wiz Gus Bradley.

220. Calvin Throckmorton, G Oregon

Justin Herbert had 4 of his 5 offensive lineman at Oregon enter the draft this year and bringing in one of these guys helps bring a rookie quarterback some familiarity. Throckmorton played right tackle at Oregon but projects to move inside to guard at the next level. With both Feeney and Lamp on the last year of their contacts it makes sense to bring in another guard. This is a great value pick as Throckmorton would likely be a 5th round pick most other years. It is also said that he can play center.

Adams Sadigh’s perspective

6. Isaiah Simmons, LB Clemson

If the Chargers are lucky enough to have Simmons fall to them at 6, they would be foolish to pass up on this generational talent. He doesn’t fill a huge need but it’s unwise to think of him as only a linebacker. Quarterback could be the pick here but Tua, Herbert, and Love have their fair share of flaws. If Simmons does fall, it’s safe to assume that at least one of those guys has been taken. Tackle could also be the pick here, but there are options on the market that could fill in nicely there, as well as good depth in the later rounds. It also seems that Telesco and Lynn are not quite ready to abandon the Pipkins experiment. The Chargers will ultimately have to choose between an almost sure thing in Simmons, or their possible QB of the future.

37. Jalen Hurts, QB Oklahoma

This may be too high for Hurts and the Chargers may consider trading down, however there is a lot to like about Hurts’ potential. I do not think Love will fall to this pick nor do I think he would be the right option. Lynn has made it clear that he wants a mobile QB who takes care of the ball. Hurts has received comparisons to Tyrod Taylor and there are not many better options to groom Hurts to fit Lynn’s envisioned offense than Taylor.

71. Prince Tega Wanogho, OT Auburn

The Chargers reach a little in the second only to find great value in the third. Wanogho is a freak standing at 6’5” 307 pounds. He’s a bit inexperienced but that’s because he’s new to the game, coming to the United States in pursuit of a basketball career. He has all the tools in order to anchor the left side of the line for years and he’s less of a project than Pipkins.

112. Albert Okwuegbunam, TE Missouri

Henry and the Chargers have yet to come to an agreement on a multi-year contract extension. Until then, it is within the realm of possibility that he may depart in free agency next year. Okwuegbunam is a fast (4.49 40 yard dash), tall (6’5”) tight end who will provide much needed depth in the case that Henry gets injured again.

151. Devin Duvernay, WR Texas

It’s no secret that the Chargers are lacking weapons at WR3 and WR4. They get a speedy receiver who can play in the slot starting day 1 in Duvernay. 5 may be wishful thinking but it’s very possible that Duvernay falls in the draft due to this class being the greatest in recent memory.

186. Joshua Kelley, RB UCLA

I do not believe that the Chargers need to draft a running back. There are a few positions they can fill instead but getting Kelley in the 6th is very possible and the value is too good to pass up. Kelley fills the need of a powerful back.

220. A.J. Green, CB Oklahoma State

The Chargers take a corner for Gus Bradley to develop. Mike Davis could very well have a great season but the signs this season weren’t pointing that way. Green looks like he can possibly be a solid starter if he can break some bad habits he’s developed.

No QB Mock

Zach Adams Perspective

6. Jedrick Wills, OT Alabama

Wills is an athletic tackle who always seems to play with a chip on his shoulder. He has the strongest initial punch out of all tackles this year. In fact some scouts have said he has the hands/hand power of a boxer. When making initial contact with his hands against opposing pass rushers, this trait will make it hard for the opposition to find a rhythm. He seems to want to impose his will against defenders rather than just win his assignment which is a mentality this unit has needed for some time now. I would not be surprised if Wills ends up having the best career out of this tackle class.

37. Jalen Reagor, WR TCU

The Chargers finally obtain a speed demon to put in the slot capable of taking the top off the defense and helping to open up the outside big bodied targets. While he only stands at 5’11” he also comes with a 41 inch vertical. Reagor also has pro bowl caliber kick return capabilities.

71. Jordan Elliiot, DT Missouri

See above

112. Harrison Bryant, TE Florida Atlantic

The team has Hunter Henry under the franchise tag this year and there is no guarantee he comes to an agreement of an extension after this season. Even if Hunter does sign an extention Bryant would be a welcome addition as he is a very well rounded tight end with a high I.Q. and a has great blocking ability along with massive yards after catch numbers. His great run blocking skills would make Virgil Green who is just a run block specialist irrelevant. This would also allow the team much more versatility in double tight end sets.

151. James Proche, WR SMU

See above

186. Dane Jackson, CB Pitt

See above

220. Calvin Throckmorton, Guard Oregon

See above

Adams Sadigh’s perspective

6. Isaiah Simmons, LB Clemson

See above.

37. Jalen Reagor, WR TCU

The Chargers commit to developing Easton Stick under guidance of Tyrod Taylor. Instead of choosing a QB, they find a speedy receiver that they’ve needed since the departure of Tyrell Williams. Don’t let his underwhelming 40 time fool you, this guy can play.

71. Prince Tega Wanogho, OT Auburn

See above.

112. Albert Okwuegbunam, TE Missouri

See above.

151. Devin Duvernay, WR Texas

See above.

186. Yasir Durant, OG Missouri

Like I said earlier, the Chargers don’t need to take running back. In this case, the Chargers snag a possible depth piece. Durant can play tackle as well as guard and with Schofield not being re-signed, Durant can fill in nicely if the Chargers have to endure an injury purge on the offensive line that they are all too used to.

220. A.J. Green, CB Oklahoma State

See above.

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