The Los Angeles Chargers ended the 2020 NFL season on a four-game winning streak and a record of 7-9. The Chargers led by rookie quarterback Justin Herbert could’ve been in the playoffs if a couple of games swung their way.
Nevertheless, the Chargers will be looking to breakthrough and get into the postseason next season under first-year head coach Brandon Staley. LA needs to address the offensive line after releasing right guard Trai Turner this offseason. At No. 13 overall, they are in the perfect spot to do it.
Los Angeles Chargers 2021 Draft Picks
Round 1: No. 13, OL Rashawn Slater
Round 2: No. 47, CB Asante Samuel Jr.
Round 3: No. 77, WR Josh Palmer; No. 97, TE Tre’ McKitty
Round 4: No. 118, LB Chris Rumph II
Round 5: No. 159, OT Brenden Jaimes
Round 6: No. 185, LB Nick Niemann; No. 198, RB Larry Rountree III
Round 7: No. 241, S Mark Webb
Offense: Left Tackle, Right Guard, Tight End
The Los Angeles Chargers are in the perfect spot to address their offensive line at No. 13 overall. Penei Sewell will be off the board by time the Chargers are on the clock, but they will likely have their choice between Rashawn Slater and Christian Darrisaw. If Los Angeles doesn't go offensive line, then they might entertain taking tight end Kyle Pitts if available.
Defense: Defensive Line, Linebacker, Cornerback
The Chargers could use a couple more playmakers in the back seven between linebacker and cornerback. Last season, Los Angeles drafted linebacker Kenneth Murray late in the first round. With the No. 13 overall pick, the Chargers could select Micah Parsons, who would be deadly flying off the edge. They could also pick Zaven Collins, who can play both inside and outside linebacker.
Dream first pick
While it will be tempting for the Chargers to take a cornerback or linebacker at No. 13, they go get offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw to protect Herbert.