3 Most Likely Chargers Draft Targets With the 17th Overall Pick

Larry Rupp
Three of the most likely draft targets for the Los Angeles Chargers with the No. 17 overall pick.
Three of the most likely draft targets for the Los Angeles Chargers with the No. 17 overall pick. / Steve Marcus/GettyImages

While their season may not have ended as planned, the Los Angeles Chargers have a bright future and look poised to compete in the AFC West next year. The front office heads into the offseason with an opportunity to fill in the gaps in order to form a roster capable of keeping up with the competition.

One way the Chargers can improve before kickoff next September is by making the right choice in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft. With that being said, here are three of the most likely draft targets for the Chargers with the No. 17 overall pick.

Los Angeles Chargers NFL Draft

1. Jordan Davis, DL (Georgia)

Jordan Davis
Jordan Davis' run-blocking abilities are much need in Los Angeles. / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

There was one clear weakness that brought down the Chargers' defense this season: their inability to stop the run. Opposing offenses were able to gash the Los Angeles for 138.9 yards on the ground per game (No. 30 in NFL) and 4.6 yards per carry (T-No. 26 in NFL). The best run-defender in this draft may be Jordan Davis of the Georgia Bulldogs. The sheer size of the man makes him a daunting foe as he stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 340 pounds. Davis' ability to keep his ground and not allow any holes to open in the running game makes him a plug-and-play lineman on this team.

2. Travon Walker, DL (Georgia)

Nolan Smith, Travon Walker
Travon Walker would bring some instant depth along the d-line. / Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Another defensive lineman on Georgia that could easily end up as a Charger next season is Travon Walker. Walker may not be as large as Davis, but he remains a run-stopping defender that can get to the quarterback as well. The 21-year-old posted 6.0 sacks in 13 games played this past season and broke up 2 passes in coverage, too. He also has the motor and leg kick needed to drive offensive lineman back. Walker possesses a lot of the same skills as All-Pro Aaron Donald and head coach Brandon Staley knows all about him from his time spent with the Rams. This Bulldog is a name to keep an eye on for the Chargers.

3. David Ojabo, DE (Michigan)

David Ojabo
Pairing David Ojabo with Joey Bosa could create havoc for opposing offenses. / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages

Defensive end Joey Bosa has been the center piece of this Chargers' defense for a few years now. However, he still hasn't had a dominating pass rusher lining up on the other side. That's where Michigan's David Ojabo comes in. Drafting Ojabo would give the Chargers one of the most dangerous defensive end duos in the NFL. The star Wolverine racked up 11.0 sacks, 12.0 tackles for a loss and 5 forced fumbles in 2021. He has shown that he has what it takes to play in the NFL despite only playing one full college season. The upside alone here make Ojabo a worthy pick.

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