Round 1, Pick 10: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
This looks like the luxury pick of all luxury picks, as Justin Herbert already has an embarrassment of riches on offense. But a closer look at the roster reveals why Brock Bowers is the correct choice for the Bolts.
First and foremost: health. Mike Williams has missed multiple games in three of the past four seasons, including a season-ender that occurred in Week 3 vs. the Vikings. Going further, Keenan Allen is on the wrong side of 30, and rookie Quentin Johnston still has some developing to do.
At tight end, the Chargers haven’t had a go-to option since Hunter Henry departed in the 2021 offseason. Brock Bowers can proverbially kill two birds with one stone. He is a reliable pass catcher with jaw-dropping YAC ability, and although slightly undersized, the Georgia product is a willing and effective blocker.
Sure, the Chargers don’t “need” Bowers, but his skill set would be put to great use. Rookie tight ends typically take time to get acclimated to NFL speed, but I suspect NFL defenses will be the ones that need to adjust to Bowers. He owns a “can’t miss” grade on my current big board.