The Los Angeles Chargers nailed their first-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft when they selected Justin Herbert and Kenneth Murray with their top two picks. Now, with a franchise quarterback in Herbert at his disposal, the 2021 NFL Draft will focus on building around him and transforming the team into a true contender.
The Chargers are at a disadvantage as they play the Chiefs in the AFC West, but they certainly have the centerpieces needed to make the playoffs. They will need to solidify their defense and plug their main holes on offense – the offensive line stands out, in particular, but they are armed with nine picks in all. If they write well for the second year in a row, they could become contenders in the team’s first year with Brandon Staley.
Here’s a look at the Chargers’ picks in the 2021 NFL Draft:
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Chargers’ 2021 draft pick: When do you pick Los Angeles?
- Round 1, Pick No. 13
- Round 2, Pick No. 47
- Round 3, Pick No. 77
- Round 3, Pick No. 97
- Round 4, Pick No. 118
- Round 5, Pick No. 159
- Round 6, Pick No. 185
- Round 6, Pick No. 194
- Round 7, Pick No. 241
2021 Chargers NFL Draft Order
|3||34 (Compensatory selection)|
|6||1 (from jaguars to titans)|
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Chargers NFL Draft Needs
- Offensive line: The Chargers have already signed the best center on the market (Corey Linsley) and one of the most versatile starting offensive linemen available (Matt Feiler). Still, they have a hole at left tackle where Trey Pipkins is scheduled to start. Hiring a guy like Rashawn Slater or Christian Darrisaw at 13 would fill a massive need for the team.
- Cornerback: Casey Hayward is gone, so the Chargers need to find a long-term starter against Michael Davis and slot machine Chris Harris.
- Edge accelerator: Melvin Ingram became a free agent this offseason and the Chargers may not want to bring back the injury-prone veteran. Uchenna Nwosu can replace him in front of Joey Bosa, but more depth is needed in that area.
- Running backwards: Can Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley make a solid RB pick? Maybe. But if the Chargers wanted to add an extra touch to the backfield or a player with a combination of size and speed, they certainly could.
- Hard ending: Jared Cook is 35, so it’s just a short-term fix for the Chargers. They should write and develop a substitute to compete with Donald Parham for playing time.
Los Angeles Chargers simulate 2021 draft
Here are the latest 2021 NFL Draft projections for the Chargers, based on Vinnie Iyer’s mock seven-round draft:
|two||fifteen||Dillon radunz||Old Testament||State of North Dakota|
|3||14||Shaun wade||CB||State of ohio|
|3||3. 4||Richie grant||S||UCF|
|6||1||Sadarius Hutcherson||GRAM||South Carolina|
|6||14||Bobby brown||DT||Texas A&M|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.