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Bolts set to pick 13th in 2021 NFL draft

Plenty of talented players have been selected at No. 13.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With the Chargers winning four-straight to end the season and finishing with a 7-9 record, they are now slated to pick 13th in this year’s NFL draft.

Just a couple week ago, the Bolts were looking to pick somewhere well within the top 10 and nab a blue chip prospect but they just HAD to turn things around and win some dang games. Oh well.

Regardless of their final draft slot, the Bolts will have an opportunity to grab a talented player at multiple positions of need. It’s safe to say that three or four quarterbacks could potentially go in the top 12 while other players like Oregon left tackle Penei Sewell, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, and Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons are all likely to go ahead of them.

For some context, here are the last 10 players to be selected with the 13th-overall pick:

  • 2020: OT Tristan Wirfs - Bucs
  • 2019: DT Christian Wilkins - Dolphins
  • 2018: DT Daron Payne - Washington
  • 2017: LB Haason Reddick - Cardinals
  • 2016: OT Laremy Tunsil - Dolphins
  • 2015: OG Andrus Peat - Saints
  • 2014: DT Aaron Donald - Rams
  • 2013: DT Sheldon Richardson - Jets
  • 2012: WR Michael Floyd - Cardinals
  • 2011: DT Nick Fairley - Lions

In all honesty, the only players in the above list that haven’t gone on to become a solid to great player in NFL are Floyd and Fairley, and those were nine and 10 years ago. Everyone else included are all players who are either on the upward trajectory or were a really good player at one point over the past decade. Heck, seeing Donald on the list has got to get your hopes a little, right?