The stars aligned on day one, and the Chargers landed their left tackle of the future in Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater. The board fell exactly as it needed to, and the Bolts capitalized on a can’t-miss prospect who will hopefully protect Justin Herbert’s blindside for years to come.
After nailing their first selection of the draft, the Chargers have a great opportunity to build on their momentum by selecting another (or even two) instant-impact rookies with their three picks on day two.
Below are a handful of my top targets remaining for the Chargers who I believe could come in make an immediate splash in Los Angeles.
CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
After the top three corners came off the board in Jaycee Horn, Patrick Surtain II, and Greg Newsome II, the next best corner option for the Chargers became Samuel. The undersized, yet tenacious, defender has a chance to fall to the Bolts at No. 47 but he’s got to make it through the first 12 picks of the second round. It also doesn’t help that he plays a premium position in today’s NFL and more than just the Bolts could use another impact corner.
Samuel possesses a high IQ for the position thanks to his dad, former Eagle and Patriot Asante Samuel Sr. He’s also got the versatility to play inside or outside at the next level and has the knack for always being in position to make a play despite not being the same elite athlete as Horn or Surtain II.
Asante Samuel Jr. allowed a 46.2 passer rating in coverage last season— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 29, 2021
Lowest in the 2021 Draft class pic.twitter.com/HDu0PdEcI2
DE Carlos “Boogie” Basham, Wake Forest
Other than having a sweet nickname, Basham is one of the best remaining edge rushers in this class with a phenomenal combination of size and athleticism. At 6’3 and 274 pounds, his 4.62 in the 40 really jumps out at you.
The Chargers need more depth at edge rusher behind Joey Bosa, and Basham could easily slide in and make an impact as a rotational player alongside Uchenna Nwosu and Kyler Fackrell. It also helps that he has the size to potentially kick inside on obvious passing downs.
Carlos Basham is a DE prospect in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 9.39 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 84 out of 1362 DE from 1987 to 2021. https://t.co/KRZn67b7BD #RAS via @Mathbomb pic.twitter.com/5xfmc0h8cT— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 12, 2021
S Trevon Moehrig, TCU
Moehrig is viewed as the draft’s top safety but somehow miraculously fell out of the first round. He’s a true free safety with natural instincts and ball skills while also showing the ability to play in the slot if needed. He excels in man coverage — something Brandon Staley would love — while also being a reliable tackle. On the back end, he plays with great anticipation and play recognition.
The 6’2, 200-pound defender picked off seven passes in three seasons to go with 21 total pass breakups.
Adding another free safety would solidify the position for the Bolts and provide excellent competition for Nasir Adderley who underwhelmed in his first season as a starter for the Chargers.
Trevon Moehrig is the best safety in the 2021 NFL Draft, and it's not close. pic.twitter.com/baTOlG5Ii2— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 17, 2021
WR Elijah Moore, Ole Miss
Moore saw some late buzz that almost pushed him into day one of the draft and now some team is going to get a heck of a player on day two. The former four-star recruit broke A.J. Brown’s single-season receptions record with 86 catches for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns en route to earning First-Team All-American honors by the Associated Press. The crazy part about that stat line? He did it in only eight games before opting out of the remainder of the season.
Moore is explosive with elite short-area quickness that allows him to effortlessly create separation. It may be lofty, but Lance Zierlein’s comp for Moore is Antonio Brown. He plays bigger than himself and has shown to have that “it” factor whenever he decides it’s time to take over a game.
If the Chargers truly feel like they need to take a receiver to prepare for a potential exit by Mike Williams after the 2021 season, then maybe a guy like Moore becomes too enticing to pass up.
What other prospects should the Chargers be considering on day two? Who are some of your favorites that should be available today? Let me know!