Chargers NFL Draft Recap 2023

Frank AmmiranteSenior Sports Writer
Last Updated: May 9, 2023

The Chargers went with two wide receivers, one edge rusher, one linebacker, one offensive guard, one defensive tackle, and one quarterback in this year’s draft.

Los Angeles was able to secure one of the best wideouts in the draft in Quentin Johnston, adding another playmaker to Justin Herbert‘s arsenal.

So without further ado, let’s get right into the Chargers NFL Draft Recap.

Chargers NFL Draft Picks 2023

  • Round 1, Pick 21 Overall: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
  • Round 2, Pick 54 Overall: Tuli Tipulotu, EDGE, USC
  • Round 3, Pick 85 Overall: Daiyan Henley, LB, Washington State
  • Round 4, Pick 125 Overall: Derius Davis, WR, TCU
  • Round 5, Pick 156 Overall: Jordan McFadden, G, Clemson
  • Round 6, Pick 200 Overall: Scott Matlock, DT, Boise State
  • Round 7, Pick 239 Overall: Max Duggan, QB, TCU

Chargers NFL Futures Odds

Now that the NFL Draft is complete, get ready for the 2023-24 NFL season with the latest Chargers odds and futures betting markets.

Chargers Draft Grade 2023

Chargers NFL Draft Grade: B+

I gave the Chargers a B+ for addressing a major need with a deep threat who can rack up yards after the catch in Johnston and getting good value on Tuli Tipulotu.

Click to see our full report card of 2023 NFL Draft Grades.

Note: The following information was written prior to the 2023 NFL Draft.

Chargers Draft Team Needs 2023

1. Wide Receiver

The Chargers need to add a deep-threat wide receiver to complement Allen and Williams with game-breaking speed. This offense needs to be built around Justin Herbert’s ability to air it out downfield.

There are some burners who should be available towards the end of the first round.

2. Edge Rusher

Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack make up a formidable duo of rushers, but we’ve seen the former miss time throughout his career, while the latter is entering his age-32 season. The Chargers would be wise to add some pass-rushing depth with another threat off the edge.

3. Cornerback

Los Angeles has Asante Samuel Jr. and Michael Davis, but J.C. Jackson is recovering from a ruptured patellar tendon, so his status is unclear at the moment. Playing in a division with Patrick Mahomes means you need to be stocked up at corner, so this is still a need.

Chargers May Also Consider Drafting: Safety, Tight End

Chargers NFL Draft Round 1 Mock 2023

  • Round 1, Pick 21 Overall: Jordan Addison, WR, USC

As of April 6, our own Anthony Cervino is predicting the Chargers will pick this polished and productive receiver who can make an immediate impact in the passing game. Read our full NFL Mock Draft.

Chargers NFL Draft Pick History

Chargers NFL Draft Picks 2022

  • Round 1, Pick 17 (17th Overall): Zion Johnson, OL, Boston College
  • Round 3, Pick 15 (79th Overall): JT Woods, S, Baylor
  • Round 4, Pick 18 (123rd Overall): Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M
  • Round 5, Pick 17 (160th Overall): Otito Ogbonnia, DT, UCLA
  • Round 6, Pick 16 (195th Overall): Jamaree Salyer, OL, Georgia
  • Round 6, Pick 36 (214th Overall): Ja’Sir Taylor, DB, Wake Forest
  • Round 7, Pick 15 (236th Overall): Deane Leonard, DB, Mississippi
  • Round 7, Pick 39 (260th Overall): Zander Horvath, FB, Purdue


Frank Ammirante

Frank Ammirante is a Senior Sports Writer at The Game Day. Previously, he wrote for 4for4 Football and RotoBaller. Frank is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer's Association while maintaining an active presence within the community. He has competed in industry contests like the Scott Fish Bowl, The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and more. Frank will be making his debut in Tout Wars this year. He's got a diverse sporting background, but specializes in football and baseball.

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