Chargers upgrade protection for Justin Herbert in 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft

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Chargers land Christian Darrisaw. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

Round 1, Pick 13: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Arguably the two most important positions on a football team would be the quarterback and the tackle that protects their blindside, most typically that ends up being a left tackle. With Justin Herbert being the signal-caller of the future for the Chargers the natural next step is to find the left tackle to protect him for the next decade-plus.

With the 13th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers take Christian Darrisaw, offensive tackle out of Virginia Tech. Darrisaw is a mountain of a man checking in at roughly 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds and is a lock to be a first round pick at this point of the process. Darrisaw has been starting for the Hokies since his freshman year and has consistently gotten better with each passing season.

Darrisaw has all the traits NFL’s teams are looking for when it comes to drafting a tackle in round one. He plays with excellent mobility for the position, can excel in pass protection as well as the running game, and has a tremendous football IQ. Darrisaw has great balance, good hands, and has arguably as high a ceiling as anyone at his position along with Penei Sewell.

Landing Darrisaw gives Justin Herbert an immediate upgrade at the left tackle position and his best football is still ahead of him.

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