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Los Angeles Chargers 2018 Mock Draft Roundup Vol. 2: Chargers Focus on the Line of Scrimmage

Following the Senior Bowl and the Alex Smith trade, mock drafts have undergone major changes. What players are now being linked to the Chargers?

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Following the Senior Bowl and Kansas City’s decision to trade Alex Smith, many mock drafts have already been tossed in the trash. The landscape of the AFC West is drastically different and it could change the Chargers’ philosophy come Draft night.

The Senior Bowl has also made players move up and down draft boards. A handful of players have shot up to day-one prospects while other polarizing prospects have their work cut out for them during the pre-draft process.

The experts still seem to like the Chargers adding to their front seven, but new names have entered the fold.

Dan Kadar ( DT Maurice Hurst (Michigan)

In Hurst the Chargers could see a new version of Corey Liuget. He’s more than capable of using his quickness to beat blockers, but he’s powerful enough to stuff the run working in three-man fronts.

Los Angeles fans may roll their eyes when they see Corey Liuget mentioned, but the Chargers do need help on the inside of their defensive line. Brandon Mebane and Liguet had a rough 2017 and the Chargers need to bolster their run defense.

Wayne Staats ( OT Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame)

Improvements were made along the offensive line last season, particularly in pass protection. However, the Chargers need to round out the offensive line and adding McGlinchey might be the perfect way to do it. A key member of one of the best offensive lines in college football, McGlinchey can slide into a guard or tackle role with the Bolts.

Bucky Brooks ( DT Vita Vea (Washington)

Back-to-back appearances for Vea. The Washington product would help Los Angeles stop the run and be a solid fit with two elite pass rushers on the outside. Don’t be surprised to see Vea projected to land with the Chargers all offseason.

Chris Trapasso ( OT Connor Williams (Texas)

The one problem with the relatively “upstart” Chargers is their offensive line, and Williams is one of the better pass-protectors to enter the NFL at the left tackle spot over the past few seasons.

Frankly, I think this analysis is poor. The Chargers offensive line is not the only problem and Russell Okung was a Pro Bowl left tackle this season. Williams may be a fit at right tackle, but it would be a shock if the Chargers move away from Okung so quickly.

Lance Zierlein ( DT Da’Ron Payne (Alabama)

Payne can overwhelm rushing attacks. He has the talent to become a much better pass rusher, as well. Can you imagine that defensive front, with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram already in the fold?!

The addition of a top-tier tackle would put the Chargers in a great position up front. It would be nice to see Los Angeles follow in the footsteps of teams like Jacksonville and Philadelphia who have seen success with elite defensive line play.