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Los Angeles Chargers upgrade defense Day 2 Bleacher Report mock draft

The Chargers have a glaring need at the offensive tackle position. They addressed that with their first-round selection by hitting a home run with Florida OT Jawaan Taylor with the No. 28 overall pick in Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller’s seven-round mock draft.

As they approached Day 2 of the draft, their holes lie on the defensive side of the ball. Miller does a perfect job by executing their second and third-round selections, mocking a defensive tackle and cornerback to them.

Below are the prospects that Miller slots them in his post-Super Bowl mock draft.

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Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane’s tenure with the team could likely be coming to an end within the next couple months. If they decide to move on from the veteran DT, the Chargers will have to find his replacement to serve as the one-technique.

At 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds, Lawrence projects to the NFL as a nose tackle who is extremely strong at the point of attack. Lawrence brings a lot of power, showing the ability to walk back interior offensive linemen with his large frame. He is at his best when he uses his bull rush to get into the laps of quarterbacks.

Lawrence is a physical and hard-worker in the trenches who would help Los Angeles’ run defense immensely. The former Tiger tallied 131 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, four passes defensed and one forced fumble through his junior season.

There will be some red flags as he was suspended for the College Football Playoff by the NCAA for failing a test for a supposed performance-enhancing substance. Along with that, he offers very little as a pass-rusher, so that may impact where he ends up on their board.

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