Charger Report Draft Staff Predictions: Breakdown Of Bolts No. 5 Pick

The Bolts hold a lot of weight in this draft.

We finally made it to the 2024 NFL Draft and it should be a fun time all around. The Los Angeles Chargers have a lot of work to do starting tonight and they will have a chance to make their mark early on.

Los Angeles holds the No. 5 pick in the draft, giving them plenty of options and routes to take to improve the team.

Here at Chargers Report, we had a few staff members make predictions for who we think the Bolts should and will take at pick No. 5. While there has been talk about a potential trade down, we made our picks with the idea of the team standing pat with their original selection.

Ricardo Sandoval: OT, Joe Alt, Notre Dame

Alt would immediately bolster the offensive line, protect the backfield, and more importantly, Justin Herbert. I know fans want the flashy pick, choosing a wide receiver, and there’s no doubt they need one; however, with Jim Harbaugh and Joe Hortiz, that’s not their MO. They want to get big in the trenches, and Alt is as good as it gets when it comes to him being a homerun pick. Nobody is bust-proof, but he’s damn near close to it.

Matt Levine: OT, Joe Alt, Notre Dame

Everyone wants the Bolts to take a wide receiver, either Harrison Jr. or Nabers but this is an extremely deep draft class. Alt is potentially the most NFL-ready prospect in the draft and would step in on day one to protect Justin Herbert. New head coach Jim Harbaugh loves to build out of the trenches and that isn't stopping here with the Bolts. Alt gives them a chance to put together a powerful offensive line, alongside Rashawn Slater to keep Herbert upright in games.

James Brizuela: WR, Malik Nabers, LSU

Many mock drafts have the Cardinals staying put and selecting Marvin Harrison Jr. The next logical choice for the chargers is to take Nabers from LSU. Justin Herbert needs a downfield weapon, and that is Nabers. His ability to track the ball and come up with contested catches will make him a huge day-one starter for Harbaugh's new-look offense.

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Matt Levine


Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, covering all Southern California sports in his career.