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Mock Draft Tracker 9.0: Draft Day Edition


In order to serve all Chargers fans, has compiled a list of who some top draft pundits are projecting the Bolts will select with the 28th pick in the draft.

With only a few hours to go before the Chargers are on the clock, here's one final look at who they believe the Bolts will select tonight:

NBC's Peter King: OT Cody Ford – Oklahoma

What he says: "Could be a strange change for Ford. He protected for the fleet Kyler Murray at Oklahoma last year, and, if this happens, he'd be protecting for the statue-esque Philip Rivers in L.A. The Chargers have to start planning for the future up front; Russell Okung enters his 10th season and turns 31 this year. Ford's a good building block for GM Tom Telesco."

ESPN's Todd McShay: QB Daniel Jones – Duke

What he says: "Jones needs a place where he can develop. Learning behind Philip Rivers and Tyrod Taylor in Los Angeles is a good match for him. While he has good timing as a passer, he needs to work on his poise under pressure."

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.: DT Dexter Lawrence – Clemson

What he says: "This pick should be interior offensive line or defensive tackle. Lawrence is the best nose tackle in the draft, and the Chargers were gashed up the middle by the Patriots in the playoffs. Lawrence will plug gaps."'s Daniel Jeremiah: CB Joejuan Williams – Vanderbilt

What he says: "It would surprise some people to see Williams go this early, but he's a great fit for coordinator Gus Bradley's scheme."'s Charley Casserly: QB Drew Lock – Missouri

What he says: "If the Raiders -- or another team -- don't scoop up the Mizzou passer, then the Chargers gladly nab their QB of the future."'s Charles Davis: CB Rock Ya-Sin – Temple

What he says: "Tough and loves to get in a receiver's face. Also, did I mention that he's tough? The secondary keeps getting stronger for the Bolts. I could also see them taking safety Taylor Rapp here to complement All-Pro Derwin James."'s Peter Schrager: CB Deandre Baker – Georgia

What he says: "Baker hasn't gotten as much press as Greedy Williams or Byron Murphy, but he's a highly regarded corner prospect, too. He didn't give up a single touchdown over his last two seasons at Georgia. Los Angeles is in an enviable spot -- no dire need and plenty of depth on the roster already."

The Ringer's Danny Kelly: OT Dalton Risner – Kansas State

What he says: "Los Angeles bolsters its offensive line group by grabbing the big, physical Risner at this spot. The Kansas State product brings positional versatility―he could line up at either guard spot, right tackle, or center―and adds a glass-eating mentality to the Chargers line."'s R.J. White: CB Byron Murphy – Washington

What he says: "The Chargers could go in a number of directions with this pick, and I like the value here with the excellent Murphy, who doesn't run fast but is fantastic at playing the position. His testing profile is similar to that of Casey Hayward, a player that has paid off for the Chargers."'s Chris Trapasso: QB Drew Lock – Missouri

What he says: "Of course this is a pick with the future in mind in Los Angeles. The strong-armed Lock learning the nuances of the position from Philip Rivers would do wonders for his NFL career."'s Ryan Wilson: DT Dexter Lawrence – Clemson

What he says: "Don't be fooled by his 6-foot-4, 342-pound frame. Dexter Lawrence is an incredible athlete and while first appearance might suggest otherwise, he's a three-down player. For some perspective on just how versatile he is, during the 2018 season, Lawrence ranked fourth in Pro Football Focus' pass-rush productivity metric and was sixth in run-stop percentage. There's also this: In Los Angeles, he'll be bookended by Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. Good luck stopping that."

Pro Football Focus' Mike Renner: S Darnell Savage – Maryland

What she says: "The Chargers get their single-high dynamo to pair with Derwin James' box prowess. That's a lot of speed on the back end."

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo: S Nasir Adderley – Delaware

What he says: "The Chargers are strong all-around defensively, but Adderley adds a true free safety to pair with strong safety Derwin James. Adderley has incredible range and ball skills on the back end, evidenced by his 89.9 coverage grade, six pass breakups and five interceptions last season. Adderley and James are perfect for their respective roles and one of the best young safety duos in the game."

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller: DT Dexter Lawrence – Clemson

What he says: "Lawrence gets typecast as a nose tackle—and he is one—but he's also so much more. Most nose tackle prospects can't get upfield like he can as a pass-rusher or run down ball-carriers. Lawrence has the athleticism to stay on the field for all three downs, sliding over to a 1-technique and getting after the quarterback when needed. The Chargers could go secondary here, but Lawrence is too good to pass up."

SB Nation's Dan Kadar: OT Cody Ford – Oklahoma

What he says: "The Chargers would love to see Ford still available at pick No. 28. He can take over at right tackle in Los Angeles and protect Philip Rivers in his final years."

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed above represent those of individual authors and do not represent the opinions or policies of the Chargers' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives.


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