Los Angeles Chargers Mock Draft Roundup 6.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we will update our Los Angeles Chargers Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Los Angeles Chargers from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Chargers:

CBS Sports - Chris Trapasso (3/9)

21. Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

Flowers didn't run in the 4.30s at the combine, but he still feels like a first-round pick. The Chargers add more weaponry for Justin Herbert.

ESPN - Todd McShay (3/7)

21. Jordan Addison, WR, USC

Mike Williams played 13 games last season, and Keenan Allen appeared in 10. Both have just two years left on their deals, too. So while the Chargers will rightfully be focusing on securing quarterback Justin Herbert for the foreseeable future with a big extension this offseason, they should also think about how they can support him in this offense. Addison has great instincts and burst in the open field, and he can win 50-50 balls downfield. And as we saw with his 4.49-second 40-yard dash, he can create separation on vertical shots, which is Herbert's bread and butter. Across three seasons at two different schools -- he transferred from Pitt in 2022 -- Addison piled up 3,134 yards and 29 TD catches.

NFL.com - Lance Zierlein (3/7)

21. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

We all love Keenan Allen, but he turns 31 on the first day of this draft. Smith-Njigba's player profile is very similar to what Allen has offered during his successful Bolts tenure.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (3/7)

21. Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

The Chargers had one of the most explosive passing offenses in the NFL last season, despite mediocre production at tight end. Mayer is ready for a steady diet of NFL targets, which would give Justin Herbert a chance for quick, easy completions. It'd also provide new play-caller Kellen Moore with a Chargers version of Dalton Schultz.

USA Today - Nate Davis (3/7)

21. Keion White, EDGE, Georgia Tech

The converted tight end checked in at 6-5 and 285 pounds, and his strength was on display with 30 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press. White had 7½ sacks and 14 TFLs in 2022 for the Yellow Jackets and would provide the Bolts an infusion of athleticism and disruptive ability up front between OLBs Joey Bosa and Khalil, who have both struggled with injuries in recent years.

The 33rd Team (3/7)

21. Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

The Chargers have a need for speed, and they pick Jalin Hyatt to take the top off opposing defenses. Hyatt has rare explosiveness and hits his top speed quickly.

Bleacher Report (3/7)

21. Jordan Addison, WR, USC

At this point, the biggest concern from within the Los Angeles Chargers organization is making sure the team maximizes the potential found in Justin Herbert, who's already a top-five quarterback.

The team may not be quite ready to move on from long-term top target Keenan Allen, but the 10-year veteran turns 31 later this year and has never been the most explosive threat. Meanwhile, Mike Williams' injury history is always a little concerning.

A little more juice to the wide receiver corps would be a welcome addition. USC's Jordan Addison can create separation unlike any other in this year's draft class.

"The Chargers desperately need a pass-catcher who can just make a play, and Addison fits the bill," Klassen said. "Though he weighed in at concerningly small at 173 pounds during the NFL combine, Addison boasts a blend of quickness, route-running flare, and adequate speed to be an explosive play threat from anywhere on the field.

"The Biletnikoff Award winner is especially lethal in the mid-range area, where his snappy routes and elusiveness as a ball-carrier can really shine."

Considering Allen's age and the fact Williams turns 29 this year with previous back injuries, Addison enters the pipeline as the next long-term target for Herbert.

Touchdown Wire - Doug Farrar (3/6)

21. Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

Now that the Chargers have replaced Joe Lombardi with Kellen Moore as their offensive coordinator, it's possible that Justin Herbert may actually post an aDOT that isn't negative. Herbert has the arm to make any throw, no matter what Lombardi seemed to think, so why not accentuate that newfound freedom with a receiver in Hyatt who can burn up the track on vertical stuff? Last season, Hyatt caught 14 passes of 20 or more air yards on 24 targets for 677 yards and eight touchdowns. Yes, some of those came out of Josh Heupel's true spread offense, and no, Hyatt isn't yet a complete route-runner, but you can't coach speed like he has, and Herbert could use every bit of it.

Los Angeles Times - Sam Farmer (3/4)

21. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Lots of directions the Chargers could go — including trading down — but one is finding someone to shoulder the ball-carrying load with Austin Ekeler.

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