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Chargers would have 12th-overall pick in 2024 NFL Draft if season ended today

If the 2023 season ended today, the Chargers would own the 12th-overall pick in this year’s draft.

NFL: APR 28 2023 Draft Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

While everything is essentially meaningless until the actual season is over, I still find it interesting to keep tabs on where the Chargers would be picked should the season end today. It helps, at least, paint a picture of the “range” in which the Bolts are likely selecting this coming April and that’s enough to get fans and analysts started on predicting how they see this year’s draft playing out for the franchise.

So as it stands, as of December 6th, 2024, the Chargers would be the owners of the 12th-overall pick in this year’s draft.

Here are some quick thoughts from NFL.com’s Chad Reuter on the Chargers and how he sees them attacking this offseason:

“The Chargers unloaded cornerback J.C. Jackson (and his massive contract) to the Patriots earlier this year and have one of the worst passing defenses in the league. They handled an underwhelming Patriots offense this week, but one or two cornerback selections are likely in April, given the state of the team’s depth chart.”

Per Reuter, he believes the team’s biggest needs are (in no specific order): cornerback, running back, defensive tackle, tight end, and offensive tackle. As he noted above, he thinks cornerback is an area they’ll double-dip in after they moved on from Jackson, on top of them adding zero bodies during this past offseason.

Running back seems important given their ground game, but it may be an area they should attack this offseason in free agency over the draft. If they want to throw a dart at a ball carrier in the final few two rounds, sure, but the fans have seen enough whiffs in the middle rounds.

As for the latter three positions he listed, I’m personally undecided on how they should fill those roles. Cornerback has certainly got to be one of their first two picks. If the Chargers can luck into tight end Brock Bowers, I think you have to go with him. He’s a revelation at the position and it’s tough to see his style of play not translating to the NFL.

The 12th-overall selection has been pretty good to teams in recent years. Two of the past three picks in that slot have been running back Jahmyr Gibbs (2023, early but studly thus far) and edge rusher Micah Parsons (2021, what else needs to be said). Others over the pas decade include defensive tackle Vita Vea, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and edge rusher Rashan Gary.