Early Monday morning, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller released his latest three-round mock draft for all 32 teams. It’s definitely one of the more interesting mock drafts I’ve seen this off-season for the Chargers, that’s for sure.
Is it realistic? My gut says, “Absolutely not.” But who knows. Crazier things have happened.
So without further ado, here’s what the good people over at Bleacher Report gave to the Bolts in rounds 1-3.
Round 1 - Pick #28: WR AJ Brown, Ole Miss
So right out the gate this pick is a head-scratcher. The Chargers just used a first round selection in 2017 on Mike Williams and drafted Dylan Cantrell in the sixth-round last year, on top of signing back Geremy Davis and Artavis Scott early in free agency. With major needs on either side of the trenches plus two of their three linebacker spots, this pick makes close to zero sense.
Here is what Miller had to say about the selection:
AJ Brown.— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 18, 2018
TO THE HOUSE.
Touchdown @OleMissFB!! pic.twitter.com/WTrDMvfx79
Brown’s 6-foot-0, 226-pound build is more reminiscent to a fullback than that of a wide receiver who finds most of his success out of the slot. He has some of the best intangibles in the class and those hands are something else. He absolutely snatches the ball out of the air and every time he does, I can’t help but imagine him saying “mine” under his breath.
My Take: In the end, I really wouldn’t mind Brown getting the chance to catch balls from Philip Rivers, but there are just too many other glaring issues across the roster.
Round 2 - Pick #60: CB Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt
Again, this is another pick at a position that just doesn’t fix any immediate need. If cornerback was the right call, Williams would actually fit the mold of the taller, lengthier cornerbacks that Gus Bradley likes to enlist in his defense.
Ball-hawking with Joejuan Williams from Vandy pic.twitter.com/icJHS0QHZW— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) February 24, 2019
At 6-foot-4 and 211 pounds, Williams might have you thinking, “That’s just too dang tall for a corner” and you might be right, but you can’t argue with production in the SEC. As a junior, Williams was named a Second-Team All-SEC selection after collecting 61 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, four interceptions, and 14 pass breakups.
Across from Hayward, Williams would be an extremely intimidating presence as he can minimize throwing windows and give opposing quarterbacks a little something extra to think about before pulling the trigger.
My Take: Still so many more needs to fill in the first few rounds. Williams would be really cool to see in Bradley’s defense but this just isn’t the year to take a cornerback this early when the team has stated on several occasions that they like the young, developmental guys on the team already, like Michael Davis and Brandon Facyson. Plus Trevor Williams still has the opportunity to rebound from a year in Lynn’s dog house.
Round 3 - Pick #92: QB Tyree Jackson, Buffalo
This is pick is very interesting, given that Lynn has enjoyed working with developmental quarterbacks who have tremendous physical gifts and upside.
At a true 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds, Jackson ran an alarming 4.59 forty at the combine this month. His mobility in the pocket is more than apparent but that’s not solely where he hangs his hat. With one of the largest arms in the draft, some comparing it to last year’s first round selection of the Buffalo Bills, Josh Allen, Jackson can bide time in the pocket before launching one into orbit to a receiver 65+ yards down the field.`
I have several questions about #Buffalo junior QB Tyree Jackson, but arm strength certainly isn’t one of them.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) October 31, 2018
Several pro scouts think he’s going pro. Talented, but still raw in several areas. pic.twitter.com/GudBv1iA2s
However, the third round is far too rich for me, even with his physical gifts. If it were another round or two later, maybe.
My Take: I just can’t get behind it, especially with the first two picks also going towards positions that aren’t in the top-3 of team needs.