Welcome to the 2022 NFL Draft, everyone.
The Chargers have 10 picks in this year’s draft, with six of those selections coming in the sixth (two) and seventh rounds (four) combined. Following their first-round pick (#17), the Bolts will have to wait until the third round (#79) to make their second selection after sending their 2022 second to the Bears in the trade for Khalil Mack.
Per our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook, the position with the best odds to be selected by the Chargers in the first round of tonight’s draft is offensive line at +125, followed by defensive back at +175 and defensive lineman/EDGE at +275. Wide receiver is a distant fourth at +650.
Throughout the weekend, stay tuned here to keep up to date on each one of the team’s 10 total draft picks.
Chargers 2022 Draft Picks
First Round, Pick #17: OG Zion Johnson, Boston College
Johnson is a 6’3, 315-pound offensive guard that shot up draft boards in recent months due to a phenomenal performance at this year’s Senior Bowl where he dominated some of the best talent in the country, Johnson figures to slot in immediately as the team’s right guard where he should end up being a long-time starter for the Bolts.
Third Round, Pick #79: S JT Woods, Baylor
Woods is an uber-athletic safety with great size at 6’2 and 195 pounds. He ran an eye-popping 4.36 in the forty at this year’s combine before launching 39.5 inches in the vertical. Brandon Staley said he’s a big fan of Woods’ processing speed on the back end, and when you combine that with his truly elite game speed, he believes they got themselves a safety with “rare” defensive back traits.
Fourth Round, Pick #123: RB Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M
The Chargers landed one of the best running backs in the entire draft when they snagged the falling Spiller in the fourth round. At 6’0 and 217 pounds, Spiller doesn’t possesses great long speed, but his footwork and angry temperament while toting the rock will make him an excellent complement to Austin Ekeler in the backfield. Fun fact: Spiller amassed over 100 missed tackles during his final two season in College Station.
Fifth Round, Pick #160: DT Otito Ogbonnia, UCLA
The Bolts selected a nearby prospect in the former Bruins nose tackle. Ogbonnia is a massive 6’4 and 324 pounds who thrives as a lane-clogger with powerful hands and good leverage. He doesn’t offer much as a pass-rusher (4.5 career sacks) but he’s got the strength and power to blow back interior lineman when he wins the hand fight.
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