Draft Steals the Chargers Should Target to Complement Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert

Zach Brunner
Draft steals for the Chargers to pair with Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert.
Draft steals for the Chargers to pair with Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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The Los Angeles Chargers' offense is going to showcase plenty of changes next season as they move forward without long-time starter Philip Rivers at quarterback. While we do not know who will be the starter for the Chargers this season, many are predicting the Chargers will take a quarterback with their first pick in the NFL Draft, hoping to land their next franchise QB.

Given their draft position at sixth overall, the expectation is that the Chargers will be drafting either Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert. Both players look to have bright futures in the NFL, but the Chargers will need to make sure they have solid pieces around them. With that in mind, these are some draft steals the Chargers can target later in the draft to pair with one of these quarterbacks.

1. James Proche, WR, SMU

James Proche totaled nearly 4,000 yards in college.
James Proche totaled nearly 4,000 yards in college. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

James Proche is a projected Day 3 selection in the draft, but he has the skills to be a starting No. 3 receiver on the Chargers, especially with the loss of Travis Benjamin. Proche was one yard shy of 4,000 career yards at SMU. He is a small slot receiver with terrific hands, which could pair well alongside of the Chargers' two other big-bodied receivers.

2. Antonio Gibson, RB, Memphis

Antonio Gibson is a versatile offensive player.
Antonio Gibson is a versatile offensive player. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Projected to be a late-round pick, Antonio Gibson can be a Swiss Army Knife for this Chargers offense. He is listed as a running back, but he has experience lining up in the slot and on the outside as well. He can be an electric playmaker all over the field, and he even has experience and success returning kicks, making him an absolute steal on the last day of the draft.

3. Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri

Albert Okwuegbunam is 6-foot-5, 258 pounds.
Albert Okwuegbunam is 6-foot-5, 258 pounds. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The tight end position was a prolific one during Rivers' time with the Chargers, and the same can be true going forward with one of these rookies. While the do have a talented tight end in Hunter Henry, he has proven to be injury prone, and getting another solid weapon could be useful. Albert Okwuegbunam has all of the makings to be that player. He stands at 6-foot-5 and 258 pounds, but he also has the speed to run by linebackers. Due to his blocking deficiencies and the offense he played in during college, he is not expected to be a high draft pick, but he is definitely a player to target in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft.


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