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NFL Draft: An Early Look at Options for the Chargers at No. 13 Overall


NFL Draft Bible's Ric Serritella joined Thursday's episode of "Chargers Weekly" to share insight on specific position groups, as well as potential first-round options for Los Angeles at No. 13 overall.

Listen to the full interview with Serritella here at the 10:54 mark. Highlights from the conversation are below.

Thoughts on Justin Herbert Winning Pepsi Zero Sugar NFL Rookie of the Year (12:05 mark)

"When you saw him out of Oregon, man, I just sensed it. And you saw him down at the Senior Bowl, too. I thought he was the alpha dog down there. But he's got everything you look for in a modern-day quarterback. I thought his mobility and athleticism was an underrated attribute. You saw him be able to buy time in the pocket, really squeeze some ball into some tight windows.

"And you take a look at where the quarterback position is evolving; it seems like at least half the league or almost close to two-thirds of the league is trying to find a franchise quarterback, and now the Chargers have one on a rookie deal. So, there's a window here. This is not a team that I think should be looking to rebuild. They should be looking to reload."

In recent years the Bolts have found a wealth of talent in the pre-draft process at the annual Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Take a look at some current Chargers then and now.

The Offensive Line Draft Class (16:53 mark)

"I think it's a sneaky good offensive line draft class, really, and [Oregon's] Penei Sewell would be the consensus first pick off of the board. And then after that it's really what you're looking for, I believe, because a guy like Rashawn Slater out of Northwestern where he started at tackle, we don't know what his measurements are yet. Could they kick him inside at the next level? Some people like him as a center. I don't care where you play him. I think you're getting an immediate plug-and-play starter and he's proven that with his film. He opted out this past year, but he's just that good. I think he's a guy that's going to go into the top 15 that a lot of people aren't talking about and he can play any one of those positions.

"Now, another guy that I think is moving up is Christian Darrisaw out of Virginia Tech. I really like what he brings to the table. Just a shade under 6-foot-5, otherwise he checks off all the boxes, and I think he has the ability to play left tackle where there's only a handful of those guys in this year's draft."

In this episode, Serritella reveals one of his favorite cornerbacks in the draft outside of Alabama's Patrick Surtain II and Virginia Tech's Caleb Farley. He also shares which position groups have the most depth as the Chargers currently have nine selections in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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