By Marcus Mosher | | 4 mins
LA Chargers NFL Draft Odds: High-Quality Options In Every Direction
The Chargers traded away their second-round pick to acquire Khalil Mack, but they still have ten selections in this class. Their first pick will be at No. 17 and they should be in a fantastic spot to grab an impact starter.
Take a look at who the Chargers are most likely to pick at No. 17 overall via Adam Thompson, our NFL oddsmaker at Bookies.com:
Los Angeles Chargers 1st Round Pick Odds (No. 17)
|Jordan Davis, DT||Georgia||+300|
|Trevor Penning, T||Northern Iowa||+350|
|Kenyon Green, G||Texas A&M||+400|
|Jameson Williams, WR||Alabama||+650|
|Chris Olave, WR||Ohio State||+750|
|Zion Johnson, G||Boston College||+750|
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Who Will The Chargers Take In The NFL Draft?
The most obvious first-round pick in most mock drafts right now is Jordan Davis (Georgia) to the Chargers. No team had a worse run defense than the Chargers last season and their inability to stop Josh Jacobs on a third-down run in Week 18 led them to miss the playoffs. Davis would make so much sense in the middle of their defense as an elite run-stopper who can occupy two blockers.
The biggest issue with betting on this is that there is a chance Davis doesn’t make it to their selection. Davis had one of the best combines you will ever see for a defensive tackle as he ran a sub 4.80 40-yard dash at 341 pounds. But if he makes it to the Chargers at No. 17, expect him to be the pick.
If the Chargers go in a different direction in Round 1, look for them to address their offensive line. Trevor Penning (Northern Iowa) would be a fantastic fit as he’s got the size, athleticism and nasty demeanor to be a Pro Bowl right tackle. After selecting Rashawn Slater during the 2021 NFL Draft, they need a right tackle to finally fix their offensive line.
Another option is Kenyon Green (Texas A&M), who has experience playing just about every spot on the offensive line. He could easily move out to right tackle for the Chargers, or he could play left guard and Matt Feiler could move back to right tackle. Either way, picking a player like Green could potentially improve two spots on the offensive line.
But if the Chargers ignore the trenches early in the draft, don’t be surprised if they take someone like Jameson Williams (Alabama) to make their offense even more dangerous. Williams is the fastest receiver in the draft and has some (taller) DeSean Jackson-like vibes. Pairing him with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams would give the Chargers one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. Williams should be ready for the season after tearing his ACL in the College Football Playoff Championship Game, but that’s the only reason why he might not be a top-10 pick.
The Chargers are sitting in a great spot going into the 2022 NFL Draft, no matter which direction they go. They should be able to grab a high-quality player at No. 17.
Complete List of Chargers 2022 Draft Picks
- Round 1 (Pick 17)
- Round 3 (Pick 79)
- Round 4 (Pick 123)
- Round 5 (Pick 160)
- Round 6 (Pick 195)
- Round 6 (Pick 214)
- Round 7 (Pick 236)
- Round 7 (Pick 254)
- Round 7 (Pick 255)
- Round 7 (Pick 260)
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