Todd McShay’s Chargers mock draft 4.0, begins with the reuniting of two teammates at Oregon. He projects the 13th overall pick to be offensive tackle Penei Sewell, who had protected Justin Herbert in college.Embed from Getty Images
Many other mock drafts do not have Penei Sewell sliding this far, but due to five quarterbacks and a bunch of pass catchers going in the top dozen picks, this causes a small slide to the offensive line prospects. The Chargers take advantage of this by adding the best prospect in this draft to some free agent additions, including Corey Linsley and Matt Feiler.
The Chargers main focus all offseason should be on surrounding Herbert with as much talent as possible to ensure that they can build their success in 2020. The “Sophomore Slump” can hopefully be avoided by equipping their second-year quarterback with enhanced protection and dynamic weapons in his arsenal.
Todd McShay’s Chargers mock draft 4.0, sees them doubling down on offensive line by drafting Creed Humphrey with the 47th pick.
Humphrey was a center at Oklahoma, but would more than likely be moved to guard in Los Angeles and Linsley would be kept at center. Humphrey is a physical blocker and a great finisher. He plays with a chip and is a solid zone blocker. Suddenly the Chargers would have a great offensive line unit with Humphrey and Sewell in the mix with Bryan Bulaga, Linsley, and Feiler.
Why invest so much in the offensive line? Why not take a pass catcher here or turn to the defensive side of the ball? Both are serious needs for the Chargers, but they could still nab an impactful pass catcher in the 3rd or 4th rounds, thanks to the incredible depth in that draft class.
The defense needs to be put on the back burner, although it sounds like a horrible mind set, Herbert and the offense need to be prioritized. The offensive line will be going up against division rival pass rushers who include Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, Chris Jones, and Frank Clark. The Chiefs showed what happens when you’re front five can’t protect your star quarterback. In response, Andy Reid and Co. did everything they could this offseason to make sure that never happens again. The Chargers would be wide to follow suit and set their young quarterback up with the most amount of time possible in the pocket.
In just two picks, Todd McShay’s Chargers mock draft 4.0, projects them to continue on in the rebuild of their offensive line. Sewell and Humphrey are major improvements and day 1 impact starters. Los Angeles is now in the conversation for having one of the most talented offesnive lines in the entire league and they have the remaining five rounds to address their needs at pass catcher and on defense. They could use an edge rusher to fill the void left behind by Melvin Ingraham, who looks like he’ll be allowed to walk during free agency. They also need depth in the secondary to help against the passing attacks of the Broncos and Chiefs.