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Chargers select OT Brenden Jaimes with 159th pick

Jaimes started a school-record 40-straight games for the Cornhuskers.

Nebraska v Maryland Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

With the 159th-overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, the Chargers selected offensive tackle Brenden Jaimes out of Nebraska.

Jaimes played his prep football at national powerhouse Lake Travis in Texas where he won a state title as a senior. He went on to start seven games in 2017 as a true freshman at right tackle before moving to the blindside for his final three seasons. Over that span, Jaimes started all 32 of the team’s contests which set the school record for consecutive starts at 40. He was voted the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player during the 2019 season and accepted an invite to the Reese’s Senior Bowl that took place earlier this year.

Although Jaimes played nothing but tackle for the Cornhuskers, there’s a chance he could kick inside to guard. That versatility is likely what led him to being drafted by the Chargers. Should he stay at tackle in Los Angeles, he’ll be battling 2019 third-round pick Trey Pipkins for the team’s swing tackle responsibilities.