The Los Angeles Chargers only won five games last season and have many holes to fill on the roster to become competitive again.
In order for the Bolts to make a playoff push in 2017, they are likely going to have to put together a dream draft April 27-29 at the 2017 NFL draft in Philadelphia.
As such, here is our “perfect” mock draft for L.A. through the first three rounds of this week’s draft.
No. 7 overall: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
While one would be hard-pressed to find a mock draft that has him going to the Chargers in the first round, Alabama defensive linemen Jonathan Allen is the better selection over (the experts consensus pick) Ohio State safety Malik Hooker.
It isn’t that Hooker would not make a major impact on the defense, rather, it’s the fact that Los Angeles simply has more pressing needs on the interior of the defensive line.
That fact can be evidenced by their two projected interior starters in defensive tackle Corey Luiget and fellow DT Damion Square posting abysmal Pro Football Focus grades in 2016 (49.3 and 61.4 respectively). At safety, however, the defense fares much better with Jahleel Addae (85.2 PFF grade) and Dwight Lowry (79 PFF Grade).
Allen is one of the best players in the draft and can do everything at his position.
He can set the edge if asked to play in a “30” front on the end, or he can manhandle offensive lineman as a DT on the interior. From either position, he can (and will) rush the passer and be a disruptive force every down for the Bolts.
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Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.