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Chargers NFL Draft Pick Predictions & Odds | 2022 Draft Team Needs & Futures Bets

The Chargers come into the 2022 offseason optimistic despite a brutal end to the season. They started so hot and looked like one of the AFC’s teams to beat for the next decade with budding star Justin Herbert. Then, however, something shifted, and the season tailed off.

While there is a good bit of star-power on both ends of the ball like the aforementioned Herbert, wide receiver Keenan Allen, running back Austin Ekeler, EDGE Joey Bosa, and safety Derwin James, the Chargers did not have the depth or balance to really win.

Nevertheless, those core pieces are all either young or in their primes and can be built around this season to win. The Chargers will be looking to fill the holes on their roster and maximize this contention window despite playing in the league’s toughest division with Russell Wilson and Davante Adams in town.

Chargers NFL Draft Picks 2022

  • Round 1, Pick 17 (17th Overall)
  • Round 3, Pick 15 (79th Overall)
  • Round 4, Pick 18 (123rd Overall)
  • Round 5, Pick 17 (160th Overall)
  • Round 6, Pick 16 (195th Overall)
  • Round 6, Pick 35 (214th Overall) — Compensatory
  • Round 7, Pick 15 (236th Overall)
  • Round 7, Pick 33 (254th Overall) — Compensatory
  • Round 7, Pick 34 (255th Overall) — Compensatory
  • Round 7, Pick 39 (260th Overall) — Compensatory

The Chargers traded away their second-round pick (48th overall) and a 2023 sixth-round pick to the Bears for Khalil Mack. This leaves a massive gap between their first and second pick, the only two they have in the top-100.

Luckily, they have a plethora of compensatory picks later in the draft to take shots on for upside on the back-end of their roster.


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Chargers Team Needs 2022

1. Defensive Tackle

The Chargers have had one of the worst rush defenses in the NFL over the past few seasons, primarily due to their atrocious interior line. While Joey Bosa can hold down his end outside, the tackles have not held their own.

2. Wide Receiver

Yes, the Chargers did just re-sign Mike Williams and have star receiver Keenan Allen under contract, but they are missing speed at wide receiver badly, and targeting one of the top players at the position in this class could fix that issue.

3. Offensive Line

Drafting Rashawn Slater in Round 1 last year was a savvy move, yet the Chargers are still light on the offensive line. Los Angeles bolstered their interior by signing former Green Bay Packers center Corey Linsley, but they lost right tackle Bryan Bulaga and do not have much talent here in general.

Chargers May Also Consider Drafting: Linebacker, Running Back, Tight End

Chargers NFL Mock Draft Predictions 2022

  • Round 1, Pick 17 (17th Overall): Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
  • Round 3, Pick 15 (79th Overall): Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State
  • Round 4, Pick 18 (123rd Overall): Alec Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College

More Possible Chargers Draft Targets: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State; Zamir White, RB, Georgia; Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State


For more 2022 NFL Draft coverage, check out our complete NFL Mock Draft and Top NFL Draft Prospect Rankings.


Chargers NFL Draft Bets 2022

Jordan Davis: Draft Position OVER Pick 13.5 (-140) at Betway

Jordan Davis is one of the most athletic prospects relative to their size since Calvin Johnson. In past years, you could essentially guarantee him going top-10, but the league is getting smaller and faster, forcing players like Davis off the field.

While he does possess the pass-rushing ability, Davis, at 340lbs, is nowhere near an every-down player, and that is just a tough pill for teams to swallow at the top of the draft. Most teams drafting high this year don’t need interior lineman anyway.

The Chargers are one of the few teams with few viable options at starter, and given the defense former Los Angeles Rams Defensive Coordinator Brandon Staley runs, a violent nose tackle could be just the trick to glue that side of the ball together.

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Jordan Davis: Draft Position OVER 13.5

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