You’re going to see a lot of different players mocked to the Chargers through the next few months. The Bolts have plenty of holes to fill on a roster that needs something pretty close to an overhaul and just about anyone can make a logical argument for a number of players to be their first-round pick.
With so many holes to fill, the Chargers simply picking the best player available might be the best way to go. If they end up with a top-6 pick, they’re all but guaranteed a blue chip player, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Names like LSU wideout Malik Nabers and Georgia tight end Brock Bowers will be tossed around a lot. Washington receiver Rome Odunze is also a candidate should the Chargers choose to trade back a couple slots and acquire more capital.
In this new mock from The 33rd Team, NFL analyst Connor Livesay believes the Chargers will go with BPA, taking Bowers with the sixth-overall pick. With three quarterbacks and both Nabers and Marvin Harrison Jr. going in the first five picks, Livesay thinks adding the two-time John Mackey Award winner would be one heck of a way to continue building around Justin Herbert.
“The Los Angeles Chargers are a bad football team,” says Livesay. “Needing help on offense and defense, the Chargers must do the right thing and take the best player available when they get on the clock. While tight end is one of the least valuable positions in the NFL, Brock Bowers’ impact on offense will be felt in more ways than one.”
We’re never gonna see another one like Brock Bowers, guys. pic.twitter.com/2CZpVexGlH— Zach Mullis (@zmullis) January 3, 2024
It shouldn’t be a surprise to see some anti-Bowers rhetoric, however. Rookie tight ends almost never make much of an impact and the Chargers need to inject life into the roster ASAP. So how can someone truly think Bowers is the right pick for the Chargers? Well, for starters, he’s kind’ve on a different level than almost any other tight end in recent memory.
This season, Bowers became the first ever tight end to win the John Mackey Award twice. There have been a lot of good tight ends throughout college football history, this essentially solidified Bowers as the best to ever do it. He was also named an All-American all three years of his college career. After being a Second-Team All-American as a freshman in 2021. he was a First-Team honoree in 2022 and a unanimous All-American this season.
In three seasons, Bowers recorded 2,538 and 26 touchdowns on 175 receptions. He also took 19 carries for 193 yards and another five scores. How many tight ends do you know that have the athleticism to tote the rock and average over 10 yards per carry on nearly 20 attempts? Bowers is much more than just the box score, as well.
Specifically, I’ve never seen a tight end run with such physicality in my life. This play below is in the highlight video above, but it’s worth highlighting once again. Bowers catches a pass behind the line of scrimmage and runs through three Alabama defenders, all of which either attempt a tackle or get both hands on him at one point. Bowers’ contact balance is elite and that somehow still feels like I’m not doing him enough justice when describing him.
According to some reports, Bowers may be able to break into the 4.4s in the 40-yard draft. While some may flinch at his 240-pound frame, he runs and pays a like some 20 pounds larger.
When it comes down to it, it’s hard not to agree with the masses that Bowers is somewhat of a unicorn. It’s hard to simply tag him as a tight end when he’s essentially his own kind of offensive weapon. He can be used in a variety of ways, on top of being a usable blocker. The Chargers need a difference-maker in the run game, but when he’s as dangerous as this with the ball in his hands, they may not need him to do anything else.
So, what are all of your thoughts on this selection? Yay or nay? Let me know what you think below!